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Nine remain in Falmouth mix

Just nine fillies remain in the mix for the QIPCO Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday but all are top notch.

The possibles are headed by multiple Group One winner Sky Lantern, who is expected to strip much fitter than on her reappearance in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.

That race was won by Sir Michael Stoute's Integral, and she was reported as being on target for this last week.

Clive Brittain's Rizeena bounced right back to her best in the Coronation Stakes at Ascot and could now tackle her elders.

Purr Along could step back up to Group One company for a second stab at the Falmouth.

The filly was last of four behind Elusive Katie in the one-mile Group One last summer when trained by William Muir and could be given another crack by her new handler Johnny Murtagh.

She has already repaid her connections faith in two starts this year, winning the Group Three Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh on her reappearance and finishing a good third behind Integral at Royal Ascot.

"She's doing well and we've left her in the Falmouth. We'll have a look at the race and make a decision early next week," said County Kildare-based Murtagh.

"She's in good form and ran well at Ascot."

The Charlie Hills-trained duo of Just The Judge and Kiyoshi, last year's Fillies' Mile winner Certify, Aidan O'Brien's Peace Burg and Mark Johnston's Ascot winner Muteela could all also run.