Veracious lands Sir Michael Stoute a record-equalling sixth Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket
Not for the first time this year, Sir Michael Stoute’s trademark patience paid dividends on Friday as Veracious landed the Group 1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes in gutsy fashion.
A winner as both a two and three-year-old, the daughter of Frankel had been unable to get off the mark from three outings in 2019 prior to her July Festival assignment.
Those had been at Group 2 and 3 level, leading many to write off her top level ambitions.
But Newmarket-based Stoute has always retained faith in the Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly and he was rewarded with a record-equalling sixth victory in the race – his first having been provided by Royal Heroine in 1983.
“She has taken a long time to really ripen and has taken a long time to be really right this year. Ryan (Moore) rode her about a week ago and he said she was there now,” said the Freemason Lodge Stables trainer.
“It was a very brave performance and Oisin (Murphy, jockey) rode her beautifully.
“She ran very well at Ascot because we tried to switch her off but she was always doing a bit too much and we did not want that to happen, so I told him to let her flow and relax.”
It was also an important victory for jockey Oisin Murphy, who after a stellar 2018, had struggled to repeat that feat since the turn of the year.
He landed Group 1 wins onboard Roaring Lion, Lightning Spear and The Tin Man last season, but the success with Veracious was his first top level triumph this term.
“They have done a fantastic job at home with her. She used to be quite hot and a little bit fresh,” he said. “Thankfully the last furlong or two were really smooth and very chilled – she gave herself every chance.
“I got a bit of confidence from Sir Michael because she was well beaten in a Group 2 last time against a similar field – he would not run her in a Group 1 field for no reason.
“He does not tie you down to instructions, but he was very clear to try to get her set. These are very famous colours and to get opportunities like this, from a team like that, is very rewarding.”
It is looking increasingly unlikely that Veracious will now be aimed at an assault on the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 31.
She also holds an entry for Qatar Nassau Stakes at the same meeting, but it is thought owners Mr and Mrs Thompson – along with Stoute – are inclined to stick to a mile and line her up against the colts.
Meanwhile, fellow Newmarket trainer William Haggas and Ashley-based jockey James Doyle both conceded that the fast ground at the July Course was not to the liking of One Master, who was beaten by a neck by Veracious in a thrilling finish.
Somerville Lodge’s Haggas said: “It was a shame not to win. She is very game, but she does not like fast ground.
“As for plans, I do not know. Her best trip is seven furlongs, but there are not any seven-furlong Group 1 races until the Prix de la Foret (at Longchamp in early October), so I do not know where she will run. We will work backwards from that.”
Doyle added: “She is so brave and I travelled into the race well, but she tightened up a bit when I got after her and she did not appear to let down on me.”
Third home was the Ryan Moore-ridden 5/2 favourite I Can Fly, who had been third in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.
She appeared to be undone by the lack of pace in the race, although her trainer, Aidan O’Brien, was adamant there were no excuses in defeat. He said: “We are very happy with her. Very happy. It was a very good run.”
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