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Relaxation the key to Veracious

11 Jul 2019

Oisin Murphy Veracious

Before we look towards a fantastic couple of days at Newmarket for the July Festival, I have to start by saying how wonderful it was to see Enable back at Sandown over the weekend. She’s simply one of the best fillies we’ve ever seen, certainly that I’ve seen. It was a high quality field she defeated on Saturday where she cemented herself as the standout older horse in training in Europe at the moment.

No doubt that this was a tremendous training performance by John Gosden and his team, so hats off to them. The aim with her will be to try and win an incredible three Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes in a row – and by the looks of things, if she stays in one piece she has every chance of doing so.

Speaking of fillies, they take centre stage at Newmarket on Friday in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes. I’m absolutely thrilled to be keeping the ride on Veracious for Sir Michael Stoute and Cheveley Park. I thought she ran incredibly well at Royal Ascot where I jumped out a little too well and couldn’t get cover. This time hopefully I’ll be able to get behind Beshaayir and Frankie Dettori, so we should be able to relax into the race and, hopefully, keep a bit up our sleeve for the finish.

One Master probably has the strongest chance in the race. She has the form in the book with her close 3rd in the Queen Anne Stakes reading very well. Plus, James Doyle has decided to pick her our of the two William Haggas fillies which is another massive vote of confidence.

But outside the Group 1 action on Friday I’ve got a lovely book of rides to look forward to.

in the 2.25 Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes I ride Lambeth Walk who we have been really pleased with at home, despite her not really getting going last time out at Ascot. It looks a pretty hot renewal of this race, but we do believe in her and it’ll be a fact finding mission to see how good she is.

Another competitive race follows with the Bet365 Trophy Handicap and I take the ride on Frankel colt Collide for Hugo Palmer. He ran a huge race to finish 5th in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes last time out at Royal Ascot behind some smart rivals. This will once again test his credentials but he’s certainly in with a good chance.

I’ll then be wearing the Royal colours in the 4.10 Maiden race as the beautifully-bred First Receiver turns out for Her Majesty The Queen. Being trained by Sir Michael Stoute, I’d fully expect her to come on for her first run, so we will see how she handles her first day on the track and go from there.

Horse To Follow: Mitty’s Smile

She’s going well at home. She’s a big, strong filly and will be interesting to see how she progresses.