Few will want to oppose INSPIRAL, brilliant winner of the Coronation Stakes on her belated reappearance at Ascot and still unbeaten. Sandrine and Prosperous Voyage look to have very little chance of reversing running at the Royal meeting with the Gosdens’ dual Group 1 winner. Of the older fillies, Primo Bacio has had three previous runs at the highest level and been unplaced each time with French challenger Sibila Spain boasting a very similar record, though she did win a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud in May.
Primo Bacio (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Wore hood to post, raced keenly, held up in last trio, headway over 1f out, went 3d final 110 yards and stayed on, just missed 2nd, no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Saffron Beach (9-7) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 fll stks (1) gf in Jun.
Sibila Spain (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden 2f out, ran on to lead on line, won at Saint-Cloud 1m Grp 2 stks gs in May beating Dilawar (8-13) by hd, 6 ran.
Inspiral 15-8fav (9-2) Slow into stride and pushed along early, towards rear, switched left and headway over 1f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, impressive, won at Ascot 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gf in Jun beating Spendarella (9-2) by 4 3/4l, 12 ran.
Prosperous Voyage (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Raced wide tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Inspiral (9-2) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gf in Jun.
Sandrine 14-1 (9-2) Raced wide, held up, pushed along over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 12, 7 1/4l behind Inspiral (9-2) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 fll stks (1) gf in Jun.