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"We will keep bringing her to Newmarket" - Prosperous Voyage could be laid out for Sun Chariot

By Jon Vine
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12 Jul 2022
  • Key quotes from Ralph Beckett and Rob Hornby
  • The pair teamed up as Prosperous Voyage beat Inspiral in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last Friday
  • Beckett identified the Sun Chariot Stakes as the next possible target for the winner
  • John Gosden said Inspiral will now be freshened up
Prosperous Voyage could be laid out for Sun Chariot
Rob Hornby riding Prosperous Voyage (L) win The Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes from Frankie Dettori and Inspiral (red) at Newmarket Racecourse on July 08, 2022 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Prosperous Voyage caused one of the biggest shocks in recent racing history in Friday's Falmouth Stakes.

Inspiral went into that Group One as the 1/7 favourite, following a sparkling reappearance victory in the Coronation Stakes. 

Rob Hornby made the running on Prosperous Voyage, who looked ripe for the picking as Frankie Dettori smuggled Inspiral into contention. Yet, the favourite couldn't find that change of gear, and Prosperous Voyage battled back to snatch a surprise victory. 

"I'm delighted for the filly as much as anything else and the rest of us are all just in her space." Trainer Ralph Beckett told the press.

"He (Hornby) gave her a lovely ride, he's done it before, he did it in France last year on Scope."

"Maybe Inspiral didn't turn up today, maybe she did bounce — there's lots of maybes, but this filly ran her race and that's all that really matters, if you're me anyway."

"I don't think we ran here thinking we would turn the favourite over, more that it was the right race for her. She didn't act in the Coronation Stakes because she's not as effective round a bend, we know that now."

That clear liking for a straight track would rule out trips to Goodwood or York later in the summer. The Matron Stakes around Leopardstown would also be off the agenda, leaving a return to Newmarket for the Sun Chariot Stakes the obvious next step for Prosperous Voyage.

"The Sun Chariot is the obvious race for her. We will keep bringing her back to Newmarket. "Sometimes it's not about whether you think you can win or not, it's what is right for the horse and today was..

When he spoke to the press following Inspiral's first defeat under rules, John Gosden claimed the quick turnaround between Royal Ascot the the July Festival was the most obvious reason for his star's flat performance.

"You don't normally come here after a big win at Ascot, but she hadn't run all year." Gosden said. "It can happen, when they run at Ascot and then come here, especially given she hadn't run since the previous October.

"I think she's run a little flat. Yes the ground is quick enough, I'd agree with that, but I think it's more to do with a huge performance at Ascot. Having run only the once it made sense to come here."

"We'll freshen her up and go again. She seems happy enough."

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