Racing: Saturday preview

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Integral can call the shots in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly finished runner-up in the Group One last autumn, but she looks a far sharper horse as a four-year-old.

The daughter of Dalakhani’s form this summer was almost impregnable, with victory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot augmented by an even better display in the Falmouth over a mile on Newmarket’s July course.

Integral had the underrated Rizeena two lengths behind her that day, an effort especially meritorious as the ground was very soft.

The Cheveley Park-owned filly has shown up well on a much faster surface, but, even so, connections will hardly be knocked off their stride by the prospect of heavy showers in the build-up to the race.

Her critics will point to a subdued most recent effort in the Prix de Rothschild at Deauville in August, but the manner in which that race unfolded did her no favours whatsoever.

She also returned from France a bruised thoroughbred, which may also have played a part in her third-placed finish behind Esoterique, who renews rivlary.

Integral has been given plenty of time to recover from those exertions so should be well primed to make quite a splash as a racecourse which tends to play to her strengths.

The other Pattern race on the card, the Group Three TriConnex Oh So Sharp Stakes, looks pretty moderate, at least on paper, but it may be worth an interest in the unexposed Local Time.

Godolphin’s filly has yet to be seen on grass, but there was much to admire about the way in which she pulled a length and a half clear of Sharp Sailor in a fair conditions race on the Kempton Polytrack on September 10.

* Selections -

ASCOT: 2.05 Muthmir, 2.40 Encke, 3.15 Green Door, 3.50 American Hope, 4.25 Felwah, 5.00 Extrasolar.

FONTWELL: 2.15 Mile House, 2.50 Ladfromhighworth, 3.20 Any Given Day, 3.55 The Nephew, 4.30 Landenstown Pearl, 5.05 Fast Exit, 5.35 Lady Of Longstone.

GOWRAN: 2.25 Credulous, 3.00 Top Spin, 3.35 Akorakor, 4.10 Princess Leya, 4.45 Baily Green, 5.20 Cross Appeal, 5.50 Clonbanan Lad.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 Osaila, 2.20 Heartbreak Hero, 2.55 Local Time, 3.30 INTEGRAL (NAP), 4.05 Aloft, 4.40 Minalisa, 5.15 Yenhaab.

REDCAR: 2.00 Shootingsta, 2.30 Innsbruck, 3.05 Limato, 3.45 Glen Moss, 4.20 Purple Rock, 4.55 Hakuna Matata, 5.30 Duke Of Yorkshire, 6.05 Little Eli.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.25 Mercury Magic, 6.00 Emirates Joy, 6.30 Foxtrot Knight, 7.00 Favorite Girl, 7.30 Tinghir, 8.00 Thewaythewindblows, 8.30 Oddysey, 9.00 Maid Of Tuscany

DOUBLE: Integral and Limato.