Picture : Flying dismount: Frankie Dettori performs his trademark move after a landmark victory on Inspiral. It was his career 500th win at his home course, Newmarket. Photo: Dan Abraham / focusonracing.com
As for Inspiral, her co-trainer John Gosden suggesting either or both of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Mile might figure on the immediate agenda for the homebred daughter of Frankel.
“She was in top form today,” said Gosden. “The ground was quick, and she runs on anything bar the heavy of Goodwood. She showed a lot of class today, there is no doubt about it. She travelled well and there was a good pace.
“We missed the Lockinge as she had a muscle spasm problem so by the time we got to Royal Ascot she was only about 80 per cent fit,” he went on. “She was only beaten a neck that day and she got a touch tired in the last half a furlong, but she has been faultless since.
“She had an elaborate piece of work in the Sussex Stakes, but we were clear if she didn’t handle the ground we would wrap up on her and head to Deauville.
“There was a lot more pressure on today as she is a very good filly, and the ground is quicker here than we would expect to find here in the autumn. It is real fast summer ground, but she has run absolutely superbly, and I couldn’t be more pleased.
“She is in the QEII and she could be entered at the Breeders’ Cup but we won’t make a decision for at least a week or two.”
Up To The Mark’s status as that rarest of beasts in the current era – a top-grade US turf performer – is reflected in his move up to #11 (from #57, +217pt) after completing a G1 hat-trick in the Coolmore Turf Mile at Keeneland, where he touched off Godolphin’s Master Of The Seas.
The Breeders’ Cup beckons, though it looks as if the Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old will step up to a mile and a half for the Turf rather than sticking at a mile.
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