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Owned and bred by Patricia and David Thompson’s Cheveley Park Stud, Veracious gained a breakthrough Group 1 triumph when landing the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on her latest start.
Allowed to bowl along in front, jockey Oisin Murphy got the fractions spot-on and there was enough in the tank to see off the strong late challenge from One Master.
It was a career-best effort from Veracious who has been beaten in lesser company on her three previous runs this season, but her trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, knew he had her right for her big day.
“She has taken a long time to really ripen and Ryan [Moore] rode her about a week ago and he said she was there now,” he said. “It was a very brave performance and Oisin rode her beautifully.
“We have a lot of choices with her, she is entered in everything, as her owners will shortly find out!
“She is very versatile. I think she can go eight or ten furlongs. She could go for the Nassau Stakes but we don’t have to decide today.”
Veracious missed the Nassau and instead reappeared in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes. She was a weak 10/1 chance in the betting but beat all bar the revitalised Billesdon Brook.
On her latest start, she made a bold bid from the front in the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day before fading to be fourth.
Veracious is certainly bred to be smart – being by Frankel out of Infallible, who was second in the Coronation Stakes and Falmouth Stakes in 2008.
Last year, the 12-runner Coronation Stakes was all about runaway winner Alpha Centauri but Veracious, who finished eight lengths back in third, also caught the eye.
She was making her belated reappearance and had not had an ideal preparation.
Stoute had warned before the race that it would probably be a step too far for Veracious on her seasonal debut, and he said: “I am thrilled. She had a hold up before the Guineas and it hasn’t been a very thorough preparation, so I am very delighted.”
Veracious also finished third on her next start, in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, although this time she was beaten only a couple of lengths behind all-the-way winner Wild Illusion.