Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
Group 2, Ascot 16:25
£146,150 added,
4yo plus,
1m, Class 1
Wednesday 18th June 2014

1 Integral 9/4F
2 L'Amour de Ma Vie 20/1
3 Purr Along 9/1
14 ran Distances: 2l, 2l, 1l
TIME 1m 37.09s (fast by 1.71s)

Integral wins the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes from L'Armour De Ma Vie in course record time.

Sir Michael Stoute has always thought highly of Integral who has entries in the Sussex and the Falmouth.

© Racehorse Photos

A high-class renewal of the Group Two Duke Of Cambridge Stakes - in which the track record was broken in a time of 1min 37.09s - was won by a filly who can score at the top level.

Integral, trained by Sir Michael Stoute for her owner/breeders, David and Patricia Thompson of Newmarket's Cheveley Park Stud, won by two lengths from French raider L'Amour De Ma Vie, with Purr Along another two lengths away in third.

The winner has been placed at the top level, and when asked if she could match her dam, Echelon, and win in that company, Moore said: "She is a Group One filly."

Chris Richardson, who manages the Thompsons' stud, was able to reel off other home-bred winners that have landed today's race in recent years, namely Spacious, Nannina and Peeress. He added of today's winner: "She's a very talented filly. There's not a lot of her, but she has a huge heart and has been working very well at home. Ryan was suitably impressed.

"She's in the [QIPCO] Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, but we'll have to see how she is before making any decisions. Echelon has other offspring by Galileo, Medicean, Shamardal and is back in foal to Dalakhani, so there is plenty to look forward to."

France-based Pia Brandt, who trains runner-up L'Amour De Ma Vie, said: "She seemed to crack and get tired near the finish because she went a little too early and the winner was very good today. She showed she can be good in Europe and not only in Dubai [she won and was second in Group Two company at Meydan earlier this year].

"We will have a look at a programme for her and may bring her back here."

Johnny Murtagh, the trainer of third-placed Purr Along, said: "I'm very happy with her. People make issues with the ground, but good horses go on any ground, and she went on this.

"Jamie rides her patiently and won on her at the Curragh, and he did the same today. He was happy with her. She's in the Falmouth Stakes, but I haven't really looked further than today."

Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
(Fillies' Group 2) (Formerly the Windsor Forest Stakes) (Str)
£146,150 added, 4yo plus, 1m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good to firm

Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
9 - 4
L'amour De Ma Vie
Mme P Brandt
C Soumillon
9st 3lbs
20 - 1
2 lengths
Purr Along
J P Murtagh
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
2 lengths
W McCreery
W J Lee
9st 3lbs
14 - 1
1 length
Sky Lantern
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 5lbs
9 - 2
1/2 length
Woodland Aria
J H M Gosden
W Buick
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
3/4 length
Peace Burg
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
40 - 1
H A Pantall
O Peslier
9st 0lbs
28 - 1
1 length
A Fabre
M Guyon
9st 0lbs
11 - 2
3/4 length
J G Portman
R Kingscote
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
Princess Loulou
R Varian
Andrea Atzeni
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
2 lengths
C Appleby
James Doyle
9st 3lbs
8 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
C E Brittain
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
4 lengths
Gifted Girl
P F I Cole
T P Queally
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
7 lengths