Inspiral heads select Falmouth line-up
Inspiral heads a select field of five for Friday’s Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained filly enjoyed an exceptional juvenile campaign and she picked up where she left off on her belated return at Royal Ascot, registering an impressive victory in the Coronation Stakes.
She will once again be ridden by Frankie Dettori as she bids for another Group One success.
Sandrine (seventh) and Prosperous Voyage (10th) renew Ascot rivalries, with Primo Bacio and French raider Sibila Spain completing the line up.
John Gosden confirmed on Tuesday that Dettori would be in the plate after the pair announced late last month that they were taking a “sabbatical” from their working relationship.
Chris Richardson, managing director for Inspiral’s owner Cheveley Park Stud, is delighted Dettori will be onboard in a race that is part of the Qipco British Champions Series.
He said: “All through the spring Frankie was saying, ‘she’s not there, she’s not there’, and we listened to what he had to say.
Frankie knows her well, having ridden her in all her races bar her first, and Mrs Thompson is pleased that John is happy for him to ride her again on Friday
“We took a long-term view and looked to the Coronation Stakes, which is one of (Cheveley Park owner) Patricia Thompson’s favourite races, having won it three times before. We waited until she was cherry ripe and we were rewarded when she won impressively.
“Inspiral hasn’t done much since then, but all has been well with her and she enjoyed a nice stretch on Saturday with Robert Havlin on board.
“Frankie knows her well, having ridden her in all her races bar her first, and Mrs Thompson is pleased that John (Gosden, joint trainer) is happy for him to ride her again on Friday.
“The Stud, and Flat racing, has always been her love, and she embraces every aspect of it.”
Dettori will renew his partnership with Lezoo, one of six to tackle the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.
Ralph Beckett’s charge was a welcome Listed winner for Dettori at Newmarket just under two weeks ago and the pair go for Group Two gold this time.
Albany Stakes runner-up Mawj looks a key player for Saeed bin Suroor, with Michael Bell’s Maylandsea another Royal Ascot runner to line up, having finished second in the Queen Mary Stakes.
David Loughnane runs both Queen Olly and Carmela with Rod Millman’s Tagline the other contender.
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