VERACIOUS (GB) showed class and determination in equal measure to provide British owners-breeders Cheveley Park Stud with yet another Group 1 triumph in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The four-year-old daughter of FRANKEL (GB) had never claimed a victory at the highest level, nor had she truly shown her best form this season.
But Sir Michael Stoute’s filly came alive under Oisin Murphy with an ultra-game, all-the-way triumph at odds of 6-1.
Veracious – a half-sister to four winners, including dual Group 2 scorer and Queen Anne Stakes runner-up, MUTAKAYYEF (GB) – was strongly pressed on the dash to the finish and ended up with a neck in reserve
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said:
“She ran very, very well at Royal Ascot (fourth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes) but she did too much.
“This time, I asked Oisin to let her flow and relax and the change of tactics worked.
“It’s taken a long time to be spot-on this year.
“She’s versatile and she could go to the Nassau at Goodwood, but we’ll see.
“I think she could go eight (furlongs) or 10 (furlongs) – she’s in everything.”
Veracious was giving Frankel an eighth top-level triumph and went one better than her dam, INFALLIBLE (GB) by the mighty PIVOTAL (GB), who finished second in the 2008 Falmouth Stakes.
Cheveley Park Stud, owned by Patricia and David Thompson in Newmarket, were also winning the Falmouth for a third time following the victories of LOVERS KNOT (GB) and INTEGRAL (GB).
Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson said:
“It’s a fantastic result for the whole team – we are absolutely delighted with her.
“She’s a highly-strung filly that has come good as the season has progressed.
“She ran her best race in the Nassau last year (third to WILD ILLUSION (GB)) and she’ll probably go there now – though there are other options and lots of nice races in the autumn.
“It’s another great success for Pivotal and Infallible. She’s from a good family and it’s just very exciting.”
TOO DARN HOT (GB), last year’s Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and European Champion Two-Year-Old, bounced back to winning ways in sizzling style on Sunday in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.
Trainer John Gosden and owners Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, who bred the star colt at their Watership Down Stud in Berkshire from the operation’s most high-profile family, had until this point endured a frustrating season with the colt, unable to find his optimum trip.
Following Sunday’s win over 7 furlongs, owner-breeder Lady Lloyd Webber told At The Races:
“He did that fantastically well over his perfect distance, perfect ground… We’re back on track, we’re not scratching our heads. We’ve got his perfect distance, he’s a speed horse through and through.”
She did, however, cite the Group 1 Sussex Stakes as a possible target for the immediate future.
When asked about the horse’s ideal distance, Gosden commented:
“We finally got him over the correct trip: 1400m, 7 furlongs, an easy flat mile – no problem.”
The son of Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI is out of broodmare DAR RE MI (GB), herself a Watership Down homebred who won Gr.1 races in Britain, Ireland and Dubai and has since become the stud’s flag-bearer.
Her offspring so far include LAH TI DAR (GB), the runner-up in last year’s St Leger and winner of this year’s Group 2 Middleton Stakes, and Gr.3 winner SO MI DAR (GB).
Asked what it means to be the owner-breeder of the dual Group 1 winner, Lloyd-Webber continued:
“It’s utterly incredible. We had the longest winter waiting for his three-year-old year and it’s been the longest spring to try and get his nose in front and it’s just such an excitement and so thrilling that he’s finally done it.”
The full-brother to Too Darn Hot became the most expensive yearling sold at auction last year when knocked down to David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing for 3.5million guineas at Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale Book 1.
It was agreed last November that Too Darn Hot will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at the end of his racing career.
Wondermare ENABLE (GB) brilliantly claimed an eighth Group 1 victory in her star-spangled career with a rousing triumph in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
The dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine, one of the absolute treasures in the crown of Juddmonte Farms Stud, had not raced since she won the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs last November.
Yet despite that 245-day absence, the five-year-old daughter of NATHANIEL looked at her irrepressible best in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
Enable, trained by John Gosden, was strongly pressed by runner-up MAGICAL inside the final furlong, but Dettori’s ultra-game companion was, simply, a class apart.
She ended up winning this historic race by three-quarters of a length – the first horse of her sex to land the Eclipse since 1992 – with Cheveley Park Stud’s REGAL REALITY (GB) an honourable third.
Trainer John Gosden said
“It’s been a long preparation and she’s only started coming to herself in the last two weeks.
“Quite frankly she’s come here at 85 per cent, maybe 90, and in the last furlong I was concerned.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with her. She got a lovely ride and Frankie always wanted to be where he was. She’s an exceptional athlete.
“Like her father, to come from an eight-month lay-off to win an Eclipse is not an easy thing and she’s done it all herself. The King George (Ascot, July 27) is the plan.”
Enable, now unbeaten in 10 races, is a remarkable success story for her sire NATHANIEL, who is based at Newsells Park Stud in Hertfordshire.
Her dam CONCENTRIC (GB) was also a Juddmonte homebred who has produced a four-year-old half-brother CENTROID (GB), who won on debut last August for Dermot Weld
A three-year-old half-sister, ENTITLE (GB), has made four starts for Gosden and was last seen running in the Group 1 Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly in June.
Simon Mockridge, UK Stud Director for Juddmonte Farms, said:
“We are just simply thrilled to have her back on the track.
“She had a long and troublesome season last year, having only raced three times, so it is to the great testament of His Highness (Prince Khalid Abdullah) that he kept her in training.
“Horseracing needs champions and you could tell by the crowd at Sandown just how much she means to everyone.
“She’s a very, very special filly and I’m sure John will form a plan, with the end goal of returning to Longchamp for the Arc.
“As a Juddmonte homebred, this means an awful amount to us all. We are just so very delighted.”
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