Moore sparkles as Integral proves worth at Newmarket
Just as one very smart race mare, The Fugue, was retired, another stepped up to the plate when Integral ran out a solid winner of the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The difficulty of winning at both Ascot and this meeting has been highlighted by a number of horses this week, but Integral made the task look easy under a red-hot Ryan Moore, who ended the day with a treble.
Greater praise could be attached to Ryan'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, which 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 1,000 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 Michael Stoute said: "She hasn't been on this sort of ground before and bounces off the 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."
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.
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.
The first leg of the Moore early treble came via Sylvester Kirk's Nakuti (9/2) in the Price Bailey EBF Stallions Fillies' Handicap.
Meanwhile, Apprentice Charles Bishop had the courage of his convictions to go alone up the middle and cause a 33/1 upset on Deeds Not Words in the Betfred Mobile Heritage Handicap. Paul Deegan looks to have unearthed a smart sort in Bobbi Grace, who flew home to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden at Navan.
Leigh Roche was happy to get a tow into the race on the 9/4 favourite, who showed up well when fifth on her debut at the Curragh a fortnight ago.
When Roche pressed the button over a furlong out, Bobbi Grace soon put the race to bed. Teoleena could be called the winner of the Country And Western Evening Claiming Stakes from a long way out.
Travelling easily for Kevin Manning on the home straight, Jim Bolger's 4/6 favourite swept to the lead over a furlong out and went on to win.