Inspiral All Systems Go For Prix Jacques Le Marois

James Mackie | @jamesmackieee


John & Thady Gosden's leading filly Inspiral is set to head over to France this Sunday for the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois where she will take on the likes of Coroebus, Maljoom and State Of Rest in a race she will be looking to bounce back to form in.

Looking to land the race for a third straight year after Palace Pier won back to back renewals of the prestigious race, the Gosden's feel they have her back to her best.

The Cheveley Park Stud owned three year old was the champion two year old filly being unbeaten in all four of her starts and after a slight set back to her campaign this term, returned in fine fashion.

The daughter of Frankel on debut last term was seen landing a seven furlong event on good to firm at Newmarket in superb style, with the second and third in that race since going on to frank it.

She then went onto boost that form line herself next time out stepping up to Listed company and being a standout winner of the Star Stakes at Sandown.

Next time out she stepped up again into Group Two company at Doncaster in the May Hill Stakes and took the event in style by four lengths.

The filly made it 4/4 when taking her first Group One event in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket over a mile.

As mentioned she returned slightly later than usual, but had obviously trained on when dominating the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot to win by nearly five lengths.

Looking to make it back to back Group One races she went to Newmarket on the July course for the Falmouth Stakes but in a huge shock she could only finish second to Propserous Voyage.

Going off as the 1/7 favourite it is one of the biggest shocks of the season and it left Cheveley Park racing manager Chris Richardson scratching his head in the immediate aftermath.

(Credit ATR) He said: “We were scratching our heads a bit and funnily enough we did the same with Nannina, who won the Coronation (in 2006) and ran flat in the Falmouth, so we’ve done it before and it didn’t work out.

“We thought Inspiral had only had the one run all year, maybe she’d come on for it and everything would be fine, but it didn’t happen unfortunately.

“Anyway, it’s a learning game this – you’re always learning – and she was moving well this morning, so that was good.”

Talking about how she is now and her trip over to France on Sunday he added: “I think we’re heading for Deauville, all being well. We were pleased this morning and Frankie was very happy with her.

“Obviously it’s a tough race, as all those sort of races are. You’ve got Coroebus and William’s (Haggas) colt (Maljoom), who was obviously a bit unlucky in the St James’s Palace, but she seems in good form and the plan is to roll the dice.”