Group One winning filly Inspiral bounced back to form on her seasonal debut this term when a narrow second to Triple Time in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and she is now being aimed at a trip back to France for the Prix Jacques Le Marois.
The Cheveley Park Stud owned filly 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 as a juvenile 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 but she bounced back to form in a big way when she went to Deauville to land the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marios.
Unfortunately finishing the season at Ascot when sixth of nine in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, she again started her season off later than expected in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran to a good level only being beaten by the unknown entity that was Triple Time.
Inspiral will now go in search of more Group One glory with a trip back to Deauville on the cards looking for back to back successes in the Prix Jacques Le Marois.
(Credit ATR) Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud said: “We were thrilled.
“Although we were disappointed not to win. We were hopeful as we knew Inspiral was in great shape and was the one they had to beat, and unfortunately there was one that did.
“But she’s a talented filly and I felt (it was) a great run for her first time out.“We put her in the Falmouth, but I’m not sure we’ll go. We went there last year and regretted it.
“So, I suspect we’ll probably go Prix Jacques le Marois again – I don’t know, we’ll see how she is, see what she’s telling us.
“I wouldn’t entirely rule out the Sussex, but John Gosden feels a flat track probably suits her better.”