Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
|Group 1 Fillies, Newmarket 15:30
1m, Class 1
|Saturday 4th October 2014|
1 Integral 7/2C
2 Miss France 7/2C
3 Fintry 7/2C
NR: J Wonder (USA)
7 ran Distances: 1l, nk, 1½l
TIME 1m 37.52s (slow by 2.42s)
Ryan Moore on Integral holds off the French fillies to win the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
With no recognised pacemaker in this Group One race over a mile, Moore decided to dictate matters on Integral.
The 7-2 co-favourite was given an easy lead and when Moore increased the tempo, Sir Michael Stoute's filly gave her all and kept all at bay as she galloped on strongly to score by a length from Andre Fabre's challenger Miss France, with stablemate Fintry third.
Moore said: "She sat handy when she won the Falmouth and we didn't have a lot of options really. Holding her up would have been tricky, but you never know in those sort of races. It worked out well.
"She's a very good filly. She won at Royal Ascot, she was impressive in the Falmouth, she was all wrong at Deauville. We've always thought very highly of her. She's a good filly."
Stoute revealed Integral's only possible race before the end of the season would be the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and that she will remain in training in 2015.
"She did a nice piece of work about 10 days ago with Ryan and we were very happy with that," the Newmarket handler told Racing UK.
"We had a chat this morning and Ryan said he didn't want to take her back. She made it in the Falmouth so she's very versatile.
"You can ride her any way, but I love her with a lead. She's got a great kick. She's a class act and she was in good shape today.
"She's going to stay in training. Her dam Echelon was even better at five. I wouldn't mind if she improved a few more pounds.
"The QEII would be the only other consideration. We'll have to see how she comes out of this. We might take our chance."
The three-year-old daughter of Dansili will now remain in competitive action for the 2015 campaign, but connections have not yet ruled out heading to America for the Breeders' Cup meeting in November.
Anthony Stroud, spokesman for Miss France's owners, Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd, said: " She ran really well (in the Sun Chariot) and was the first three-year-old home amongst a group of very good horses.
"She got a bit unlucky with the ground - she would perhaps have preferred it faster - but the best horse won on the day.
"She stays in training next season.
"The only other possibility this season is at the Breeders' Cup, but s he's been on the go since May so she has already had quite a demanding year.
"That (whether she runs again this autumn) will be left to Andre."
The three-year-old filly stayed on after being asked for her effort with two furlongs to race and but could not mount a challenge to Integral and was passed by Miss France near the line to go down by a length and a quarter in total.
H H Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser John Ferguson commented: "Fintry ran well and we were delighted with her. She is a Group Two winner, a Group Three winner and now placed in Group One company, which is fantastic."
Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£200,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
|Pos||Dr||Dist||Horse SP Jockey||Age||Wgt||Trainer|
R L Moore
|4||9-3||Sir Michael Stoute|
|2nd||(6)||1||Miss France (IRE) 7/2c
|3rd||(3)||nk||Fintry (IRE) 7/2c
|4th||(2)||1½||Esoterique (IRE) 7/2c
P C Boudot
J P Spencer
|6th||(1)||1¾||Sky Lantern (IRE) 8/1
|7th||(7)||2¾||Etaab (USA) 25/1
|3||9-0||W J Haggas|
|NR||(4)||J Wonder (USA)
|3||9-0||B J Meehan|