Murphy puts on Veracious display
Veracious repelled the late surge of One Master to claim a thrilling renewal of the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The Michael Stoute-trained filly looked a future Group One winner after finishing third in both the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last summer, but her first three starts of the current campaign were a shade underwhelming.
However, a change of tactics did the trick on the July Course under a tremendous front-running ride from Oisín Murphy.
A smart start allowed Murphy to bag the rail and Veracious was soon leading her five rivals. The William Haggas-trained One Master cruised into contention, but 6/1 shot Veracious refused to bend and clung on by a neck, with Aidan O'Brien's 5/2 favourite I Can Fly almost three lengths away in third.
Stoute said: "It was a very brave performance and Oisín rode her beautifully."
Veracious is entered in the Qatar Nassau Stakes on August 1, while she could also take on the boys in the Sussex Stakes the previous day.