Inspiral To Head Straight To Queen Anne After Missing Lockinge Seasonal Debut

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing


John Gosden's leading four year old filly Inspiral has not been entered for the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday and will instead make her seasonal debut at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes.

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 will start her season off later than expected in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

(Credit ATR) Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director Chris Richardson explained: “There is no issue with her. Mrs Thompson was adamant that she wanted the filly to go straight to Royal Ascot, as we did last year.

“She looks great, but she is not quite there, is the general feeling. It is like last year, so rather than rush her, we decided to wait.

“It has been cold and miserable and it has just taken time for these fillies to come to themselves.

“We just felt she blossomed in June last year and we didn’t really want to rush her, so the Queen Anne will be her likely target.”