Frankie Dettori hails Inspiral a “true champion” as Italian steers three-year-old star to win in £840,000 Marois

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FRANKIE DETTORI hailed Inspiral a “true champion” after she battled to Group 1 glory in Deauville.

The Italian steered the three-year-old filly to beat the boys in the Jacques Le Marois for his gaffer John Gosden.

Frankie Dettori guided Inspiral to an impressive win at Royal Ascot but she flopped on her subsequent start

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Frankie Dettori guided Inspiral to an impressive win at Royal Ascot but she flopped on her subsequent startCredit: PA

The Cheveley Park homebred was sent off a 7-4 shot and kept David Simcock’s Light Infantry at bay in the dying strides by a neck.

She proved her Falmouth Stakes flop, when stuffed at 1-7, was just a bad day at the office as hot favourite and 2000 Guineas winner Coroebus was stuffed back in fifth.

Dettori, 51, said: “We were scratching our heads after Newmarket, after her fantastic performance in the Coronation at Royal Ascot.

“She was taking on a Guineas winner and proper horses here. She showed today that she’s a true champion.

“She was champion two-year-old and she’s back. I’m thrilled for the Thompson family and I’m delighted she’s bounced back to her best.”

Inspiral was cut into 4-1 from 5-1 for the QEII at Ascot on Champions Day and Gosden indicated that could be her end of season target.

She was also made the 7-4 favourite for the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 1.

The Newmarket handler said: “She had cover, she relaxed and she actually hit the front too soon but that was the jockey’s decision.

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“The last race was a blip but we can see where we go now.

“We could maybe go to Newmarket for the Sun Chariot or there is the QEII a bit later.”

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