Former Australian shuttler Holy Roman Emperor sired his first G1 winner when Homecoming Queen scored a stunning nine-length victory in the English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday.
Homecoming Queen (3f Holy Roman Emperor – Lagrion by Diesis) led from the outset and then cleared out with a blistering turn of foot 400 metres from home. Starscope (Selkirk) finished a distant second ahead of the winner’s more fancied stablemate Maybe (Galileo).
Homecoming Queen is the third Group 1 winner for her dam Lagrion. Her prior winners at the elite level have been Dylan Thomas (Arc de Triomphe) and Queen’s Logic (Cheveley Park Stakes).
Bred by Tower Bloodstock, the filly raced 11 times last year winning her maiden at Fairyhouse and a Listed event at the Curragh. She returned this term for a G3 victory in the Irish 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April but was allowed to go out at $26 at Newmarket.
Homecoming Queen completed a classic double for Coolmore Stud after Camelot’s victory the G1 English 2000 Guineas on Saturday.
Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) shuttled from Coolmore’s Irish headquarters to the Hunter Valley for four seasons but did not make the grade down here. He covered 131 mares at a $44,000fee in his first southern book and, to date, it has produced 21 winners with just one at black-type level. He has been signed up for a Brazilian tour in 2012.