While G2 Ribblesdale heroine Banimpire (3f Holy Roman Emperor-My Renee, by Kris S) took the plaudits at Royal Ascot, Holy Roman Emperor’s second-crop have also been in flying form in recent days.
At Pontefract on Sunday, Peter Chapple-Hyam sent out My Propeller (2f Holy Roman Emperor-Incise, by Dr Fong) to an amazing 17-length success in the colours of footballer Joey Barton.
“She won very easily and gave me a lovely feel,” winning rider Jamie Spencer told Press Association Sport. “She won a long way but she felt nice. At halfway I couldn’t believe it and I had a good look round. They expected her to win at Newmarket (first time out) but, for whatever reason, she was just very green.”
The Racing Post’s Analysis noted: “She pinged out of the gates and was soon taking her field along at a really good pace, but without being out of her comfort zone. Once into the straight she continued to draw further clear, with her rider virtually motionless. Eased down close home, she eventually won by 17 lengths, but that flatters the opposition, as she could surely have won by even further had Spencer wanted… Shés fully entitled to go for some big prizes on the back of this, and the Cherry Hinton looks a perfectly reasonable short-term target.”
My Propeller, who was bred by David and Trish Brown, was winning a day after the Richard Fahey-trained Ladykin (2f Holy Roman Emperor-Engraving, by Sadler’s Wells) was an impressive maiden winner at Ayr.
In the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Jeremy Noseda-trained Roman Soldier (2c Holy Roman Emperor-Fermion, by Sadler’s Wells) ran an excellent second to Power.
“He ran a huge race,” said Noseda. “I am frustrated to be so close but it was a lovely ride by George Baker and a great performance from the horse.”