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Inspiral to take direct route to Royal Ascot

Inspiral will head straight to the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot after connections decided against a tilt at this weekend’s Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned Frankel filly enjoyed a faultless juvenile campaign last season, winning each of her four starts for trainers John and Thady Gosden, including a Group One triumph in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

But having spent the winter months at the head of ante-post lists for the 1000 Guineas, Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson admitted last month that her preparation had not been “100 percent straightforward” and a few days later she was ruled out of the Rowley Mile Classic.

She had the option of running in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Sunday, but following a workout under Frankie Dettori over the weekend, the team have decided to keep their power dry for Ascot.

Richardson said: “She’s not going to Ireland. John’s recommendation is let’s go straight to Royal Ascot for the Coronation Stakes.

“Frankie had a sit on her on Saturday and just felt we needed a little bit more time, so we’ll give her that and hopefully have her cherry-ripe and spot on for the Royal meeting.”

Reach For The Moon poised for Sandown comeback

John Gosden has given a strong indication the Queen’s one-time Derby hope Reach For The Moon will make his seasonal reappearance over a mile in the Coral Heron Stakes at Sandown Park on Thursday.

The son of Sea The Stars was backed to end Her Majesty’s wait for a winner in the premier Epsom Classic following his encouraging second in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and victory in the Solario Stakes. But the three-year-old has been on the sidelines since finishing second to Bayside Boy in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September.

Following an interrupted preparation for his three-year-old campaign, dreams of Epsom were ultimately shelved and attention turned to getting Reach For The Moon fighting fit for the Royal meeting later in June.

The Queen with Reach For The Moon and Frankie Dettori
The Queen with Reach For The Moon and Frankie Dettori (Andrew Matthews/PA)

His trainer now reports if that goal is to be hit, the colt needs to be on the track sooner rather than later and the Listed contest the Clarehaven team have dominated of late is the perfect place for Reach For The Moon to tune-up for Ascot duty.

Gosden told Racing TV’s Luck On Sunday programme: “We all know he sustained an injury last year and he was unable to go to the Dewhurst and he’s been off for a long time.

“He’s been back at the stud farm at Sandringham and they did the most fantastic job with him and he came back to us and we have very diligently and carefully gone along with him.

“From his work now, he’s ready for a run, but I want to be very clear that he’s only around 80-85 per cent. But if I don’t run him in the Heron then we’re in trouble to get him to Ascot because if you look at it, from his rating, the only other options are carrying top-weight in an older horse handicap, so it makes sense to run him at Sandown, which I hope to do at this stage. Sandown, right-handed with an uphill finish, is a well-worn path to Ascot.”

The stable’s last three winners of the Heron Stakes have all gone on to compete in the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile next time, and Gosden agrees it is still to be determined what Reach For The Moon’s ideal trip could be, also revealing the monarch’s wise words about the dam, who was a Listed winner over seven furlongs.

Gosden continued: “I think if anything after speaking to Frankie (Dettori) after his work yesterday, he could be a mile-and-a-quarter horse, that is the feel he gets and he’s a pretty shrewd judge at this stage of his young, burgeoning career.

“I think it would be the debate we would all be having, as Her Majesty points out, the mother was very, very, very quick.”

The Gosdens have enjoyed a fine few days, which has included the successful reappearance of Stradivarius and both Emily Upjohn and Nashwa cementing their position as two of the leading three-year-old fillies.

Another of their star acts, Inspiral, also holds an entry in the Heron Stakes but Gosden is less certain on her first port of call.

Dubai Future Champions Festival – Newmarket – Friday October 8th
Inspiral, here winning the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, is still to be seen this season (Tim Goode/PA)

The unbeaten daughter of Frankel was ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas before missing the race following a setback and her trainer is weighing up the merits of all her possible options, which include Sandown, the Irish 1,000 Guineas or waiting for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“I can’t (confirm her participation in the Irish Guineas) because I think it is something I’m going to discuss tomorrow,” Gosden added.

“At this stage we’re very happy with her, but it has been a difficult spring with her. We have been very open about that and we’ll just see whether that is the right thing to do, to put her on a plane and fly her over there for her first race, or whether we sit tight and maybe run here, or just wait for Ascot. There are three or four aspects to discuss.

“She got held up in the spring, that happens but she looks good, she worked well here yesterday, but when you miss time in your preparation, you don’t want to cut a corner to catch up, that never works.”

Reach For The Moon and Inspiral feature in Heron Stakes entries

One-time Classic hopefuls Reach For The Moon and Inspiral feature among the entries for Thursday’s Coral Heron Stakes at Sandown.

The pair, who are both trained by John and Thady Gosden, were ruled out of their prospective spring targets, with winter 1000 Guineas favourite Inspiral sidestepping Newmarket after connections decided she was not quite ready for the race.

It had been hoped Reach For The Moon would be a Cazoo Derby runner for his owner the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year, but he suffered a setback at the end of last year that has taken time to bounce back from and he was judged unlikely to be ready for Epsom on June 4 and sights set instead on Royal Ascot.

Inspiral could make her seasonal bow at Sandown
Inspiral could make her seasonal bow at Sandown (Tim Goode/PA)

The promising duo have been given the option of making their seasonal bows in the Listed mile highlight, although Inspiral is still engaged in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on Sunday week.

Other interesting contenders among the 10 possibles are William Haggas’ Newbury maiden winner My Prospero, the Charlie Hills-trained Tuscan and Andrew Balding’s duo of Imperial Fighter and Harrow.

Inspiral ruled out of 1000 Guineas

John and Thady Gosden’s Qipco 1000 Guineas favourite Inspiral will miss the fillies’ Classic next week.

The unbeaten three-year-old had headed the market all winter ever since she concluded her juvenile campaign with a straightforward success in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

She had already won the May Hill at Doncaster prior to that and looked a rock solid proposition for the Guineas.

However, in recent days the market vibes had not been strong and connections admitted on Friday her preparation had not been “100 percent straightforward”.

Chris Richardson, managing director to owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “John Gosden had an in-depth discussion with the boss, Mrs Thompson, and following that it was decided that sadly she would miss the 1000 Guineas.

“John Gosden feels she wasn’t really ready for the race and when you receive that advice from a trainer such as John, you follow it and now we’ll look to the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot as part of her programme.

“It is disappointing for all concerned but we must heed their advice.

“Royal Ascot is a favoured meeting of the Thompsons and we’ve had success there previously, it’s the start of the year and we’ve still got lots of opportunities going forward.”

Inspiral’s absence sees Aidan O’Brien’s Tenebrism as the 11-4 market leader with Betfair.

Inspiral on course for 1000 Guineas date

Ante-post favourite Inspiral remains on target for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, although connections have admitted her preparation has not been “100 per cent straightforward”.

The John and Thady Gosden-trained filly was unbeaten in four juvenile starts, progressing from a Newmarket maiden in July, to Listed success at Sandown and then Group Two glory in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

She finished her 2021 campaign with victory in the Group One Fillies’ Mile, but her not run since that October outing.

Inspiral winning the Fillies' Mile
Inspiral winning the Fillies’ Mile (Tim Goode/PA)

Chris Richardson, managing director for her owners Cheveley Park Stud, reports the filly in good shape, despite the daughter of Frankel not having had an intended racecourse gallop.

“She’s fine and like all these things the spring hasn’t been 100 per cent straightforward, but she’s in good form,” said Richardson.

“We were hoping to get a racecourse gallop into her, which we weren’t able to do, but John (Gosden) is happy and we’ve got a week to go, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything falls into place.”

Thady Gosden is content with Inspiral’s progress so far and happy to chart a direct route to the first fillies’ Classic on Sunday week.

He said: “Inspiral is fine. She is where we want her to be at the moment. She is like all these Frankels, she gives you everything every day and she gets herself there.

“She has filled out and muscled up over the winter and she is doing everything we have asked of her.

“She has been working nicely and it is all systems go for next week. She has taken a bit of time but has developed nicely through the winter. It was always the plan to go straight to the Guineas.

“She has been showing the right signs anyway, and we’re hopeful she will do herself justice.”

Inspiral in great shape ahead of Classic campaign

Star filly Inspiral is reported to have wintered well as she continues her preparations for a tilt at the Qipco 1000 Guineas in the spring.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Frankel is a best-priced 3-1 favourite for the first fillies’ Classic of the season after winning each of her four starts as a two-year-old.

She is already proven over the Rowley Mile, having rounded off her juvenile campaign with a Group One victory in the Fillies’ Mile in October.

Cheveley director Richard Thompson will leave the training team of John and Thady Gosden to decide whether Inspiral will take in one of the Guineas trials or head straight to Newmarket on May 1.

He said: “Inspiral is in good form and it’s just a question of whether she goes straight to the Guineas or goes for one of the trials beforehand.

“That is obviously still up in the air, but at the moment all is good and it’s all positive, I believe.

“We’re on countdown to the Guineas now. It will be totally down to John and Thady to decide what is the best route to take.”

Inspiral powers to Fillies’ Mile victory

Inspiral maintained her unbeaten run and strengthened her Classic credentials with an impressive performance in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Leading two furlongs out, the John and Thady Gosden-trained juvenile pulled clear of her rivals to complete a four-timer in the Group One feature.

Frankie Dettori – winning the race for a record-extending seventh time – settled the 8-11 favourite behind Cachet in the centre of the course in the early stages while the rest of the field were towards the far rail.

Three furlongs out, the two groups came together and Dettori did not wait long to make his challenge.

Inspiral quickened away in great style to score by two and a half lengths from Prosperous Voyage, with Cachet a neck away in third and Mise En Scene a never-nearer fourth.

A Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Frankel, Inspiral was cut to 3-1 favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas and to 5-1 for the Cazoo Oaks with Coral. Betfair made her 7-2 from 6s for the Guineas and 6-1 from 8s for the Oaks.

Dettori said: “She doesn’t stop surprising me, she travelled like the winner, she travelled real good. She’s a beauty and has still got plenty to fill up in the winter.

“She went into the dip and came out of it well. I was tracking James (Doyle, on Cachet) and he was matching the other side so I knew I wasn’t losing any ground.

“At the three (furlong pole) I tried to join the others, I sat wide and then coming out of the dip I asked her to quicken and she came out of it pretty well.

“Obviously she’s very good – I don’t have to say that, she’s won everything. I knew I had it won a long way out.

“She’s done nothing wrong, I’m very excited and we can think of the Guineas next year.”

Gosden senior said: “She won well in the May Hill and was pretty professional there, I think she’s learning all the time.

“She travelled well into the dip and you’d have to be very happy, she took it well and she’s getting stronger all the time.

“We’ll start her off in a trial or go straight to the Guineas on the back of a gallop. It’s a long way off, all I know is she won’t be going to Del Mar!”

Inspiral stretches clear
Inspiral stretches clear (Tim Goode/PA)

He added: “It’s great for an owner/breeder to have a filly of this quality.

“All the way through she did everything very easily and when we ran her on the July Course she’d only ever been on the bridle, but she showed her class straight away. She’s a filly that would be easy to over-train.

“She’s by Frankel, she’ll get 10 furlongs but beyond that I don’t know, there’s a question mark.

“She’s was fine on that good ground today on the course, I wouldn’t know about good to firm.”

Unbeaten Inspiral puts reputation on line in Fillies’ Mile

Inspiral bids to cement her place at the head of ante-post lists for next year’s Classics in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Bred to be very smart as a daughter of Frankel out of high-class racemare Starscope, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned youngster has so far lived up to her blue-blooded pedigree with a hat-trick of victories.

An impressive debut performance at Newmarket has been followed by even more dominant displays in the Star Stakes at Sandown and the May Hill at Doncaster, meaning she tops the betting for both next season’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks.

Inspiral is widely expected to stretch her unbeaten record to four over the Rowley Mile, but connections are taking nothing for granted.

“She’s done everything right so far and is a lovely filly,” said Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson.

“She’s working well – but this is a big step up, and she’ll be racing on some rain-softened ground, which she hasn’t encountered before. Her mother went on it – and what will be will be.

“Dreams may be shattered, but we may have even bigger dreams for next year if all goes our way.”

John and Thady Gosden’s Inspiral is one of two unbeaten fillies in Friday’s nine-strong field, along with the James Ferguson-trained Mise En Scene.

The daughter of Siyouni has so far won a novice event at Haydock and the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood – and got a taste for the undulations of Newmarket during a recent racecourse gallop.

Mise En Scene (right) in action at Goodwood
Mise En Scene (right) in action at Goodwood (Adam Davy/PA)

Ferguson said: “After Goodwood, the first thing Oisin (Murphy) said was that she needs a mile.

“Although the Rockfel is a wonderful race, I didn’t think she had much to prove. She came out of Goodwood fine, but I didn’t think there was much point running over seven (furlongs) again, so we decided to come straight here.

“She did a nice piece of work on the racecourse and she seemed to handle it fine. We are very lucky the track is on our doorstep.

“I understood her price (7-1) at Goodwood, because in her race at Haydock she beat nothing. I knew she was good enough to get black type and I was expecting a good run, but the fact she won was fantastic.

“Oisin rode her very coolly, and if he wanted to he could have got there quicker. He was aware he was going to get there and gave her a beautiful ride, but I think with another furlong she would have gone again.”

Charlie Appleby’s Wild Beauty was no match for Inspiral in Sandown’s Star Stakes, but has since won a Grade One at Woodbine.

“We were delighted to see Wild Beauty win a G1 in Canada, when she improved for the step up to a mile,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

“She has taken that race well and goes into this with plenty of experience at a high level.”

Irish raiders Concert Hall (Aidan O’Brien) and Magical Lagoon (Jessica Harrington) also feature.

O’Brien said of his filly, by Dubawi out of the Oaks winner Was: “She’s been improving with every run.

“We’ve been really happy with her – we were pleased with her last run when she won the Group Three at the Curragh.

“We always thought she’d stay further than a mile, and she has seen the seven furlongs out really well in her last few races.

“She’ll be happy that the ground is nice. That’s in her favour.”

Unbeaten Inspiral to face eight in Fillies’ Mile

Inspiral, emphatic winner of the May Hill Stakes, heads a field of nine for the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

The daughter of Frankel, trained by John and Thady Gosden and current favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas, steps up to Group One company after taking her 100 per cent record to three in the Group Two at Doncaster last month.

Frankie Dettori, who has ridden Inspiral to victory in her last two starts, is seeking his seventh win in this race,

“She has won her maiden, won a Listed race and won her Group Two last time out and now we will try to win that Group One with her,” said the Italian.

“She has done nothing wrong so far and she is taking the usual progression after winning a Group Two to have a go at a Group One.

“I was really taken by her at Sandown. She won really well, and I later rode the horse that finished second in that race, Wild Beauty, to win next time out in Canada – so that is good form. We then went to Doncaster, and she won again.

“She has got a great physique and lots of scope – and she is not the finished article by any means. She is kind and talented, and we expect her to progress over the winter. It is all positive stuff.

“She is well bred, has got lots of scope, and this was always the target to go for this race afterwards. Everything we have asked of her so far, she has done, and hopefully that will continue here.”

The Gosdens have a second string in Bouquet, winner of a novice race at Ascot a month ago.

The James Ferguson-trained Mise En Scene also puts her unbeaten record on the line on Friday after two wins, the latest coming in the Group Three Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.

Wild Beauty, beaten three lengths by Inspiral in Listed company at Sandown in July, re-opposes on the back of a Grade One success in Canada last month.

Aidan O’Brien’s Concert Hall and Jessica Harrington’s Magical Lagoon are the two Irish-trained entries – while Agartha was the only withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

Pearl Glory, runner-up in the Dick Poole Stakes, bids to go one better at Group Three level in the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes.

Kevin Philippart de Foy’s youngster just found Romantic Time a length too good at Salisbury, having won her first two starts.

Karl Burke’s Gifted Gold and Ralph Beckett’s Good American are both one from one, while Allayaali has won two of her three races.

Mise En Scene (right) is set to put her unbeaten record on the line at Newmarket
Mise En Scene (right) is set to put her unbeaten record on the line at Newmarket (Adam Davy/PA)

There is no French representation after Francis Graffard’s Malavath was withdrawn following the final declaration stage, and Andre Fabre did not take up Raclette’s entry.

Smart sprinter Garrus steps up to seven furlongs for the first time in the Group Two Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes.

The Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old has contested three Group Ones over six furlongs this season, and is a Group Three winner at that distance.

Among the nine declared are the Charlie Appleby-trained pair of Al Suhail and D’bai, who was third in this race in 2018.

Richard Hannon’s Chindit and Horoscope, from the O’Brien team at Ballydoyle, are the two three-year-olds taking part.

Twilight Jet drops down in class and trip for the Group Three Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.

The Michael O’Callaghan-trained juvenile was not disgraced when fifth in the Group One Middle Park Stakes on this course last month, having finished third in both the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes.

Hugo Palmer’s Hierarchy, second in the Mill Reef Stakes, is also among the 13 runners.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Soft Whisper, who made a triumphant return in the Listed Rosemary Stakes following a 181-day absence, is one of 15 declared for an open-looking Group Three Newmarket Pony Academy Pride Stakes.

Inspiral makes light work of May Hill rivals

Inspiral solidified her position at the head of the betting for next year’s 1000 Guineas with a straightforward success in the Cazoo May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

Owned by Cheveley Park Stud, the John and Thady Gosden-trained filly was sent off at the prohibitive price of 2-9 having won her first two races stylishly.

A daughter of Frankel, she was settled in the middle of the field by Frankie Dettori in the early stages, as Prosperous Voyage took them along at a sedate tempo.

When the pace quickened at halfway Dettori moved into the centre of the track to take up the running from Banshee.

While she perhaps did not quite display the same startling turn of foot on show at Sandown, the further she went the better she looked.

Dettori gave her one tap behind the saddle and she pulled well clear in the final furlong, taking a while to be pulled up.

Prosperous Voyage stayed on again for second after being outpaced when the taps were turned on, but she was beaten three and three-quarter lengths.

Coral make her the winner their 7-1 favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas and 10-1 for the Oaks.

Cheveley Park’s Richard Thompson said: “Having a wonderful filly like this, trained by Thady and John – these are the days we live for and dream about.

“She looks special. It’s fantastic to come up here and see her win the May Hill.

“We’ve won the Fillies’ Mile a couple of times (Red Bloom in 2003 and Nannina in 2005) and we’ve won the 1000 Guineas once (Russian Rhythm in 2003), but it was a few years ago.

“We’ll go for the Fillies’ Mile first anyway and see how we go.”

Thady Gosden said: “She’s done it very well. Obviously there were a few good fillies in the race and the ground was probably a bit too quick for her, but she showed plenty of class.

“She an exceptional filly, but if you see her walking around here she’s still got plenty of growing to do, so we’d be hopeful she’ll progress through the winter.”

Dettori said: “It was a bit messy as the first two furlongs were slow, she had to learn today to follow a slow pace and then quicken which isn’t her style.

“She’s a work in progress and I think she’ll be better next year when she strengthens up.

“At the moment she’s all frame. I think that (Fillies’ Mile) is where we should go and then she’s got all winter to strengthen up.

“Potentially she’s a Guineas horse.”

Classic favourite Inspiral puts reputation on the line in May Hill

Inspiral, ante-post favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas, bids to enhance her prospects further in the Cazoo May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

Two wins from two starts, including an impressive victory in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown, have seen the daughter of Frankel leap to the head of the betting for the fillies’ Classic next spring.

Inspiral now steps up to Group Two level, as trainer John Gosden seeks a sixth May Hill win.

“She’s done well physically since Sandown, but it is nerve-wracking stepping into this company,” said Chris Richardson, racing manager for owners, Cheveley Park Stud.

“She’s done nothing wrong, the mare was very talented and it will be interesting to see if she can step up to Group Two level.

“As a yearling she carried herself in a special way. She’s a character, but she’s very professional. It doesn’t happen very often, that you pick one out you think might be special very early on.

“We’d have maybe 40 fillies going into training and you’d hope four or five at least show a decent level of ability early on, it’s just a feel really, when all the boxes get ticked.

“It was one of those races at Sandown where you wondered if Frankie (Dettori) might have been riding with a bit too much confidence but she certainly powered home in impressive style.

“We’ll just go a race at a time, but if it all goes well I’d imagine Mrs Thompson might want to run in the Fillies’ Mile which will then give us a guide to next year.

“Her mother (Starscope) was second in the Guineas and Coronation so you put the best to the best and hope you get something like this.

“It’s been a sad year for the Thompson family so it’s nice to have a filly like her to look forward to.”

Andrew Balding is looking forward to seeing how Speak fares in Group company
Andrew Balding is looking forward to seeing how Speak fares in Group company (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Speak goes straight from winning a maiden over this trip of a mile at Kempton on her debut into Pattern company.

The George Strawbridge-owned filly defeated Natasha in the same colours by a length and three-quarters and the runner-up went on to win her only subsequent race by five lengths.

Trainer Andrew Balding has been delighted with Speak and is hoping the forecast rain arrives.

“I’m very happy with her. She always looked like a nice filly at home. The second has gone on and won since. The form is probably quite strong and it’s a step up in class,” said the Kingsclere handler.

“Hopefully they get some of the forecast rain. We wouldn’t want the ground too quick for her. She’s a nice filly and I’m looking forward to seeing her run.”

Ed Walker is also praying for rain for Kawida, who got off the mark in good style on her third start at Haydock after finishing second on her first two starts.

“I’m hoping for a bit of rain. If the ground is too quick we’ll have to scratch. She didn’t love the quick ground at Newmarket. We’ll get a good feel of how the ground is and see,” said the Lambourn handler.

“She’s a nice filly and progressive. We were disappointed when she got beaten at Newmarket. She won well next time and they pulled a long way clear of the third.

“She’s a well-bred filly and deserves to take her chance in a race like this. I’m hoping she’ll run a big race.”

Inspiral poised to take next step up the ladder at Doncaster

The May Hill Stakes at Doncaster remains the most likely next objective for 1000 Guineas favourite Inspiral.

Impressive on her racecourse debut at Newmarket at the end of June, the Frankel filly was promoted to the top of ante-post lists for next season’s Rowley Mile Classic after maintaining her unbeaten record in the Star Stakes at Sandown last month.

John Gosden, who trains the Cheveley Park-owned youngster in partnership with son Thady, immediately nominated the Group Two May Hill as a potential aim and connections are happy to aim towards Doncaster’s St Leger meeting in September.

Cheveley Park’s managing director, Chris Richardson, said: “Everyone is very happy with her. John was very pleased, she obviously did it very nicely.

“I haven’t seen her since the race, so hopefully I can get down to the yard shortly.

“The May Hill remains a possible target.”

Inspiral is a general 12-1 shot for the 1000 Guineas next May – and while Richardson is not getting carried away just yet, he admits it is a good position to be in.

“We all have dreams,” he added.

Inspiral is Sandown Star

Inspiral maintained her unbeaten record with a thoroughly impressive display in the British Stallion Studs EBF Star Stakes.

Owned and bred by Cheveley Park Stud, the daughter of Frankel had made a big impression when making a winning start to her career on Newmarket’s July Course last month and was the even-money favourite stepping up to Listed class at Sandown.

Deliberately dropped out last by Frankie Dettori, John and Thady Gosden’s filly looked green once angled wide at the top of the home straight, but it is testament to her latent ability that she made swift progress to move to within striking distance of the leaders.

Once asked to fully extend, Inspiral soon kicked clear and was ultimately good value for the winning margin of three and a half lengths.

The hat-trick seeking Wild Beauty filled the runner-up spot, with the winner’s stablemate Sunstrike just a neck further behind in third.

“She’s always been a classy filly. Her mother (Starscope) was with us and she had a lot of ability – and we know all about the father,” John Gosden told Racing TV.

“She’d done normal work at home on the bridle and won very nicely (at Newmarket). We thought this was the race to come for straight away – a Listed race with level weights, rather than giving away 7lb in a novice.

“They went pretty strong up front. Frankie was out the back and thought ‘I better get a move on’. He came round them and then as he said, he hit the front far too soon. She’s never been in front like that before, so she’s done well.

“She’d shown a lot of ability and I thought she’d enjoy the track here. She’ll have no problem getting a mile.”

Considering future targets, the trainer added: “The May Hill at Doncaster would be an obvious place to go with her. That gives her five to six weeks between races and she has a big frame, so she doesn’t want over-racing this year.”

Paddy Power made Inspiral a 33-1 shot for next year’s 1000 Guineas immediately after the race, but soon trimmed her odds for the Rowley Mile Classic to 16-1.