Who’s Steph wins Irish 1000 Guineas Trial

Who’s Steph continued her upward curve when claiming the second Pattern-race success of her career with victory in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

After landing a Group Three over seven furlongs last time out, the daughter of Zoffany made a successful return to a mile when striking at the same level for the second successive race.

Settled just behind the early pace which was cut out by Ballet Shoes, the 3-1 shot swiftly put daylight between herself and her rivals when sent on by Colin Keane inside the final furlong, before crossing the line a length clear of Ship Of Dreams.

The winner was making her debut in the colours of George Strawbridge and is likely to be added to the field for the Irish 1,000 Guineas, according to Lyons.

The trainer said: “I’ve just spoken to Mr Strawbridge and he is over the moon. It is all well doing these deals and getting big clients into the yard, but ultimately you have to deliver and get the results on the board and that was a big one for us.

“She is up to winning on heavy ground and up to winning on good to firm ground, which is important as if she has a career in America she has to handle that.”

He added: “I’d say we will be supplementing for the 1,000 Guineas as there is no reason we won’t use today’s prize-money for that.

“She is just one of those horses that ticks all the boxes. The box I’m most impressed with is her temperament.

“You can have everything, but if you don’t have temperament it stops you getting to the next level.”