Integral can bolster Sir Michael Stoute’s exceptional record in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The Newmarket handler is already the winning-most trainer of the coveted Group One, having claimed seven triumphs in the race.
Stoute now looks on hand to add to his haul with Integral, the only mare in the whopping 18-runner field.
That she takes on the colts and geldings has to be a slight concern, of course, but recent history indicates that might not be too big a deal.
Three fillies and mares in the last 11 years have won the Lockinge, two of which - Peeress and Russian Rhythm - were trained by Stoute and sport the same Cheveley Park silks as Integral.
The daughter of Dalakhani deserves to bracketed alongside those fine thoroughbreds after she added further resonance to her profile last season with Group One victories in the Falmouth and the Sun Chariot.
Integral was never a factor on her last start as a four-year-old, when unplaced in the QEII on Champions Day, but the ground was ridiculously demanding that day.
She likes to get her toe in, but it was too much for her against some of Europe’s finest, especially as the race came just a fortnight after her Sun Chariot triumph.
Having reportedly made good progress over the winter, Stoute’s decision to head direct for the Lockinge, before presumably taking in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, can be vindicated in a race which should hold no terrors.
The Al Rayyan Stakes, or the Aston Park, as it is more commonly known, revolves around the much-discussed Telescope, but perhaps Scotland could throw a bit of a curveball for trainer Andrew Balding.
* Selections -
Newbury: 1.25 Harvard Man, 2.00 Scotland, 2.35 Elysian Flyer, 3.10 Time Test, 3.45 INTEGRAL (NAP), 4.20 Brandybend, 4.55 Gm Hopkins.
Newmarket: 1.45 Great Fun, 2.105 Elidor, 2.50 Misterioso, 3.25 Properus, 4.00 Amazing Speed, 4.35 Process, 5.10 Come On Dave.
Bangor: 1.50 Sukiyaki, 2.20 Long House Hall, 2.55 Bear Island Flint, 3.30 Prince Des Marais, 4.05 Kuda Huraa, 4.40 The Last Bridge, 5.15 Ethelwyn.
Doncaster: 5.45 I’m Harry, 6.15 Maven, 6.45 Tikthebox, 7.15 Dark Profit, 7.45 Darshini, 8.15 Half A Billion, 8.45 Adelasia.
Thirsk: 1.55 Unilit, 2.30 Bond Bombshell, 3.05 Kaine Keira, 3.40 In Focus, 4.15 Whozthecat, 4.50 Confessional, 5.25 Marmion, 5.55 Tyfos.
Uttoxeter: 5.30 Dire Straits, 6.00 Zarawi, 6.30 Penzflo, 7.00 Furrows, 7.30 Flemensbay, 8.00 St Gregory, 8.30 Captain Flash.
Double: Integral and Scotland.