Long-time 1000 Guineas favorite Inspiral has been ruled out of Sunday’s Classic at Newmarket after missing crucial preparation, with the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot now the primary focus.
The filly trained by John and Thady Gosden failed to make a gallop on the racetrack, which delayed her much-anticipated first start at the age of three.
Cheveley Park Stud-owned Inspiral were unbeaten in four juvenile starts, going from a Newmarket maiden in July to Listed success at Sandown and then Group 2 glory in the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
She ended her 2021 campaign with a win in the Group One Fillies’ Mile, but she hasn’t raced since that October outing.
Chris Richardson, Managing Director of Cheveley Park Stud Owners, said: “John Gosden had a thorough discussion with the boss, Ms Thompson, and after that it was decided that unfortunately she would miss the 1000 Guineas.
“John Gosden feels she wasn’t really ready to race and when you get that advice from a trainer like John you take it and now we’ll look to the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot as part of his program.
“It’s disappointing for everyone involved, but we have to heed their advice.
“Royal Ascot is a favored meeting of the Thompsons and we’ve had success there before, it’s the start of the year and we still have plenty of opportunities in the future.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Tenebrism, Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner last year, is the new 5/2 favorite (Sky Bet), ahead of Jessica Harrington Discoveries’ Moyglare Stud Stakes winner (6/1).