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    Gosden admitted that the distance was too much for Inspiral
Gosden admitted that the distance was too much for Inspiral
Inspiral. Source: offalyexpress.ie

Gosden admitted that the distance was too much for Inspiral

John Gosden believed that the pace and distance of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot were too much for Inspiral to handle, resulting in a sixth-place finish behind Auguste Rodin. Despite winning the 2022 Coronation Stakes and finishing second in the Queen Anne last season, Gosden felt that the mare struggled with the stiff 10-furlong course. After winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf over a longer distance, Inspiral's connections decided to test her at this distance again, but it proved to be too challenging.

Gosden explained that Inspiral was slow out of the gate and struggled to keep up with the fast pace set by the competition. He acknowledged that while she had excelled in Group One races over shorter distances, she lacked the stamina required for this particular race.

The race was ultimately won by Auguste Rodin, who faced fierce competition from French horses Zarakem and Horizon Dore. Zarakem finished a close second at 33-1, with his trainer Jerome Reynier pleased with his performance and considering future races for the horse. Horizon Dore followed up his third-place finish in the previous year's Champion Stakes with another strong showing, indicating his potential for future success in similar events.

Overall, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes showcased the talent and versatility of the competing horses, with Auguste Rodin reigning victorious and other contenders demonstrating their ability to compete at the highest level in Group One races.

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