Saturday 16 December 2017


Ryan Moore's position as British racing's supreme Flat jockey was spelled out yet again after a treble in the first three races at Newmarket included the Group One victory of Integral in the Qipco Falmouth Stakes.

The greater praise could be attached to the 30-year-old's tactical masterclass from the front aboard Arabian Queen in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, but the vigorous underlining of his talent came in the main event.

Integral was encountering the softest ground of her brief but impressive career as she made her top-level breakthrough with Moore conspiring to beat Clive Brittain's Rizeena, who he had ridden to win the Coronation Stakes.

The Cheveley Park-owned and -bred filly had been another Royal Ascot footnote for the jockey in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and she was consequently sent off the 15-8 favourite.

Last year's 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern, a controversial runner-up here 12 months ago, was sent to the head of affairs but it developed into a battle between two of Moore's regular mounts, and the elder filly was two lengths too strong up the final hill.

Moore said: "It was always going to be a messy sort of race. I thought I was on the best horse and I wanted to keep it simple.

"I was in front earlier than I wanted to be, but she's improving and hopefully will continue to get better. I see no reason why she shouldn't."

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: "She hasn't been on this sort of ground before and bounces off top of the ground, so we were a bit concerned as we didn't know if she would handle it.

"We didn't contemplate not running her as we wanted to find out if she would. She's by Dalakhani and very few of those don't go on this sort of ground.

"She is in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, although I don't know if we will take on the colts. She's well entered."

Brittain had no excuses, and said: "Today we were beaten by a better horse - that's that. She has run right up to what I expected her to and she will go to Deauville (Prix Rothschild)."


Owner Jeff Smith and trainer David Elsworth were able to enjoy the latest high in what has been a long-running partnership when juvenile Arabian Queen (4-1) lowered the colours of Andre Fabre's odds-on French raider High Celebrity.

The pair's greatest moments together came through the popular stayer Persian Punch, but another of the stars in the purple and blue silks was Barshiba, Arabian Queen's dam.

Such is the esteem in which Fabre is held in this country, High Celebrity went off at 4-9 after a facile victory in a Chantilly maiden.

Queen Mary sixth Arabian Queen was sent straight to the lead by Moore on her first attempt at six furlongs and he gradually wound up the gallop with the help of the rail, never letting Maxime Guyon get too close and booting her past the line a length and a quarter in front. "It's probably a bit of 'Fabre-itus'," said Elsworth. "Andre's very clued up, and he gets respected.

"But I believe mine is a good filly, and the second horse would have looked a good winner if we weren't there.

"Barshiba stayed well, but this filly has speed. I think she'll stay a mile, and I believe there's a Group One in Newmarket next spring."

Smith said: "We could look at the Lowther at York next, and her main aim will be the Cheveley Park."

Fabre said: "She had only had one run so there was the lack of experience. At one point I thought she was going to win easily but Maxime said the ground didn't help her."

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