VERACIOUS STRIKES IN THE FALMOUTH
Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 13th July 2019:
Equalling the pre-war record of six successes in the Falmouth Stakes set by the "Wizard of Manton" Alec Taylor, Jr., the "Wizard of Newmarket" Sir Michael Stoute conjured something special from TDN Rising Star Veracious (FRANKEL) in Friday's Tattersalls-sponsored Group 1 prize.
Slow to come to herself this term, Cheveley Park Stud's homebred was too free in front when fourth last time in the Gr.2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at the Royal meeting and was initially kept away from the remainder by Oisin Murphy in front. Having to battle late as One Master (Fastnet Rock) arrived on the scene, the 6-1 shot proved equal to the task and hit the line with a neck to spare, with the heavily-backed I Can Fly (Fastnet Rock) 2 3/4 lengths away in third.
"Things didn't really go to plan at Ascot, but they have done a fantastic job at home with her," Murphy said of the winner,
another to set a track record on a day of them. "She was a little bit fresh going to post, but thankfully the first two furlongs were smooth and chilled."
Murphy continued: "That's due to all the hard work put in at home. She's small, but she rides quite strong and obviously
takes racing well."
Stoute's first winner of this race came in 1983 via the eventual Breeders' Cup Mile scorer Royal Heroine (Lypheor)
when it was a Group 3 race known as the Child Stakes.
The high-class dual winner Sonic Lady (Nureyev) was next up in 1986 and 1987, while the other pair came in these silks in 1998 and 2014 courtesy of Lovers Knot (Groom Dancer) and Integral (Dalakhani). Stoute's ability to build this operation's fillies into top-level performers is uncanny, but Veracious looked like one that could be heading in the wrong
direction during the early part of the season.
Only fourth when the 5-4 favourite for the nine-furlong Gr.2 Dahlia Stakes on the Rowley Mile last year's Gr.3 Atalanta Stakes winner and Gr.1 Coronation Stakes and Gr.1 Nassau Stakes third had two in front racing under a penalty in Epsom's Gr.3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes over an extended mile. Over-racing in the Duke of Cambridge, Veracious was in danger of doing too much again here but Murphy's manoeuvre towards the stand's rail seemed to settle her perfectly. From an early point, the rest were playing catch-up and that FRANKEL stride was always going to make it a thankless task for the pursuers.
"It was a very brave performance and Oisin rode her beautifully," Stoute said. "She ran very well at Ascot, but was doing a little too much and we didn't want that to happen today. We wanted to let her flow. She has taken a long time to ripen, but Ryan [Moore] rode her in work 10 days ago and said 'She is there now'. We have a lot of choices and she has got form at a mile and a quarter from the Nassau last year.
"We don't have to decide that today and we will take our time. Cheveley Park have been wonderful supporters and I'm always thrilled to win a good race for them."
Date: 15 July 2019