Inspiral was an impressive winner of the Coronation Stakes to give jockey Frankie Dettori something to celebrate at this year’s Royal Ascot meeting.
The undefeated 15-8 favorite, trained by John and Thady Gosden, stood out in her season comeback from runner-up Spendarella, with Discoveries third.
A day earlier, Dettori had been beaten at the record-seeking Stradivarius and two horses owned by the Queen.
“It’s been a tough week. We’re on the board and we can relax a little bit,” he said.
Dettori treated racegoers with his trademark flying dismount after a 4 3/4 length win over Frankel’s daughter, owned by Cheveley Park Stud.
Ascot’s dress code was relaxed as temperatures hit 30C, with huge fans in the paddock and plenty of buckets of water to help cool the horses.
Inspiral slowly moved away from the spots to Dettori, who received some flak for his ride in third-place Stradivarius for the Gosdens in the Gold Cup, and was a two-time runner-up to Queen with stablemates Saga and Reach For the Moon. .
But the Italian jockey kept his cool with the filly, who had been ruled out of last month’s 1,000 guineas, and found another gear to move away from his rivals for his fifth career win.
John Gosden said Saga should have won and Dettori had “taken the monkey off his back” with the win, but the coach had moved on from Thursday.
“You can’t keep looking back, you discuss it, you deal with it and you move on. Horses need your full attention and they don’t need you to wander around with your mouth open,” he said.
Previously, Perfect Power secured a second consecutive victory at Royal Ascot by taking the Commonwealth Cup.
Trainer Richard Fahey was in tears as he called his winner, the 7-2 favorite ridden by Christophe Soumillon, a “special horse.”
It was a third top-flight Group One win for Perfect Power, who also won the Norfolk Stakes last year.
Flaming Rib (14-1), partly owned by former England footballer Michael Owen, was second, 40-1 away from Flotus third.
Candleford’s 11-2 shot was guided to an impressive victory in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes by jockey Tom Marquand for trainer William Haggas.
Candleford is owned and bred by Barnane Stud, run by former England cricketer Craig Kieswetter and his family.
“I think I’d rather have a winner here,” he said when asked to compare the win to his playing career. “It’s a lot more fun and there’s a lot more champagne to drink.”
Ryan Moore earned his fourth win of the week by leading from start to finish in the Aidan O’Brien-trained Meditate (5-2) in the Albany Stakes.