Homecoming Queen first foal is two out of two
Homecoming Queen: has produced a good one with her first foal
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Homecoming Queen first foal goes two out of two By Martin Stevens 4:57PM 18 AUG 2016
IMPRESSIVE 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen looks to have conjured up a classy customer with her first foal, as daughter First Of Spring made it two wins from two starts with an impressive victory in a 6f two-year-old conditions race at Deauville on Thursday.
First Of Spring, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Joseph Allen, scored by three lengths from the Myboycharlie colt Nofoemaypass.
The daughter of Galileo had won a Deauville 6f maiden by two lengths last month and looks to be heading to the Prix Marcel Boussac.
First Of Spring's explosive start to her racing career is in stark contrast to that made by her dam, who took eight attempts to get off the mark, eventually getting off the mark in a Fairyhouse nursery.
Homecoming Queen, a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor trained by Aidan O'Brien for Coolmore, subsequently finished second in the Group 3 CL Weld Park Stakes and won the Listed Lanwades & Staffordstown Studs Stakes before finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to round off a very busy two-year-old season.
She started her three-year-old season with an unpromising ninth in the Group 3 Park Express Stakes but won the Group 3 Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes by a neck next time out.
Homecoming Queen was sent off at 25-1 for the 1,000 Guineas but belied those odds by blazing a trail under Ryan Moore and burning off her rivals to beat runner-up Starscope by nine lengths.
However, she failed to show that level of form again in two subsequent starts.
Homecoming Queen has been sent to Galileo in each year of her paddocks career by her owners the Homecoming Queen Syndicate. She also has a yearling colt.
Homecoming Queen boasts an excellent pedigree as a half-sister to two champions – Queen's Logic, winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes, and Dylan Thomas, a six-time Group 1 scorer including in the Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Queen's Logic produced dual Group 2 winner Lady Of The Desert, who is in turn the dam of the Frankel filly Queen Kindly, who landed the Group 2 Lowther Stakes on Thursday.