Inspiral and Frankie Dettori win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf 11.4.23 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA Mathea KelleyInspiral © Mathea Kelley/Racingfotos.comEurope

Inspiral crowned the Eclipse award for Top Female Turf Horse

The Cheveley Park homebred becomes the first American Champion for her sire Frankel following the awards ceremony in Palm Beach yesterday.

Taken from BloodHorse, 25th January 2024, by Lauren Cash:

Cheveley Park Stud's remarkable mare, Inspiral, has gone from strength to strength, and 2023 proved to be her strongest yet, capping the year with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Gr.1) at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by John and Thady Gosden, the Frankel mare has cemented her spot on the podium as the 2023 Eclipse Champion Female Turf Horse.

Inspiral trained up to the Breeders' Cup Championship with a win a month prior in the one-mile Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr.1) at Newmarket; the gutsy mare carrying the red silks and blue cap took on the leaders and continued to make steady headway until kicking clear with one furlong to go. Given a 55-day break ahead of Newmarket, Inspiral dominated at Deauville in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Gr.1) over both sexes in August for a second year running. An uncharacteristic off-the-board finish at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes (Gr.1) was attributed to the unpleasant going, which Paddington relished while steamrolling the field.

She made her 2023 debut at Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1), where she settled into stride, pressed the leader, and finished second to Triple Time. She closed out last year with earnings of $2,109,024 in five starts, adding to her impressive CV of 9-2-0 in 13 starts and bankroll of $3,639,932. Bred by her racing connections in Great Britain and out of the twice group 1-placed mare Starscope , Inspiral is a half-sibling to the stakes-placed Celestran, by Dansili. The Selkirk mare, bred and campaigned by Cheveley Park Stud, had a full sibling filly to Inspiral for 2023.