INSPIRAL (Frankel) retained her unbeaten record with a dazzling display in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown. Held up in rear under Frankie Dettori, the John & Thady Gosden trained filly engulfed her rivals between the three furlong and two furlong poles before extending clear in the closing stages for a ready success. For her victory, Inspiral was awarded the highest Racing Post Rating in this contest since the 2005 winner Confidential Lady, a fellow Cheveley Park Stud filly who went on to claim Classic glory in the Prix De Diane for Sir Mark Prescott.
Inspiral is a fourth generation Cheveley Park Stud homebred, being out of the Gr. 1 1000 Guineas Stakes and Gr. 1 Coronation Stakes runner-up STARSCOPE (Selkirk). She, in turn, is out of Moon Goddess (Rainbow Quest), a half-sister to the Gr. 1 Eclipse Stakes winner and successful sire MEDICEAN (Machiavellian).
John Gosden nominated the Gr. 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster as a possible target for Inspiral, who is a best-priced 12/1 shot for next season’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.