Gosden considers inspired driving plans
John Gosden has yet to confirm who will drive Inspiral in Friday’s Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes, but he hasn’t ruled out a reunion with Frankie Dettori in the future.
The couple are currently on ‘sabbatical’ following a troubled Royal Ascot – during which Inspired was their only success in the Coronation Stakes.
The filly is one of a possible 11 for Friday’s Group 1 and while it seems unlikely that Dettori and Gosden will renew their partnership so quickly, the fact that the Italian is making moves to be more active has pleased the coach.
Speaking at Sandown on Saturday, Gosden said: “Sabbatical was a very carefully chosen word.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with what Frankie is doing, he’s going to Germany (Sunday), he’s going to ride a lot for Mark Johnston at Newmarket next week because Joe (Fanning) has injured his arm and then he’s off to Belmont (next weekend), so it does exactly what I wanted to see.
“I’m very happy about it and he and I will be together quite sensibly again when we get through this.
“He knows as well as I do that you have to ride and not have any distractions. We’ve spoken again and we’re very close friends, but I’m not going to say who’s going to ride, I have to talk to the owners.
One filly who will not race at Falmouth is Dermot Weld’s Homeless Songs, who was retired at the confirmation stage.
Other three-year-olds still in contention include 1,000 Guineas finalist prosperous journey, Sandrine and Aidan O’Brien Concert hall, Toy and Tenebrism.
Leading the older horses is Andrew Balding Alcohol-freewhich has been tried on a variety of trips.
She raced in the Juddmonte International over 10 furlongs last summer, but last time she raced in the Platinum Jubilee over six furlongs. She did, however, win the Sussex Stakes last season.
Lights on is another possible for Cheveley Park, Heredia could quickly return to Richard Hannon while Ed Walker hopes for better fortunes for Primo Bacio than 12 months ago, when she suffered a difficult passage.
There is a possible one from France, Christopher Head’s Sibila Spain which was withdrawn at the start ahead of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot.