Inspiral has made short work of her opponents in three starts this season, most recently in the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster, and is expected to be the fifth odds-on favourite for the Group One Fillies’ Mile since 2001 at Newmarket on Friday.
The previous four have all come home in front and Inspiral is clearly the one to beat, but the key question for punters is whether she has as much in hand of her field as the betting implies.
Just two of the beaten runners in her three races to date have gone in next time and this will also be Inspiral’s first start on easy ground, which makes Mise En Scene (3.35) an interesting alternative at about 6-1.
James Ferguson’s filly is also unbeaten and had Hello You, the subsequent Rockfel winner, behind her in fourth at Goodwood last time. She is bred to show significant improvement for Friday’s step up to a mile.
Newmarket 1.50 Twilight Jet has been running well in stronger company than this and led a Group One field until well inside the final furlong in the Middle Park last time out, so this drop back to the minimum trip should suit.
Chepstow 2.10 It is almost three years since Geordie Des Champs jumped a fence in public, but he has put up two strong performances over timber this year off 123 and 128 and is just 2lb higher for his return to the bigger obstacles.
Newmarket 2.25 Pearl Glory had excuses when losing her unbeaten record in the Dick Poole at Salisbury last time out and is a fair bet at around 7-2 to get back to winning ways with William Buick taking her reins for the first time.
Chepstow 2.45 A strong renewal of this Grade Two novice hurdle, with First Street perhaps the pick of the prices at around 9-2 to follow up a comfortable success at Warwick last time.
Newmarket 3.00 Chindit has yet to add to his Greenham success in April but has been racing in Group One company for the most part so this Group Two and a drop back to seven furlongs could be just what he needs.
York 3.15 Challet has a decent draw for a front-runner in stall five, seems to save his best for this track and is up just 1lb after his win over seven furlongs here a fortnight ago.
York 3.50 Ziggy (nap), a son of the Leger winner Sixties Icon, has looked ready for this step up to 14 furlongs on more than one occasion this year and is the big eye-catcher in the betting at around 10-1.
Newmarket 4.10 The Melrose Handicap at York in August has already produced three subsequent winners and Moshaawer, who was half a length behind the winner on the Knavesmire, could well be the fourth.