It’s next stop Royal Ascot for exciting Danehill Dancer colt Stubbs (2c Danehill Dancer-Moonstone, by Dalakhani) after running out an impressive winner of the Listed Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes at Naas on Monday.
There was a slow early pace in the four runner contest but jockey Joseph O’Brien hit the front a furlong from home, going on to score by a length and three quarters.
Last year’s winner of the six-furlong contest, Dawn Approach, went on to be champion juvenile and Stubbs – an easy Navan maiden winner on his previous start – looks set for bigger things.
“It was a mess of a race and they only hacked for a furlong. He did well to come from last to first. He’ll have to go to Royal Ascot now, look at what the winner of this race last year did,” the winning rider told irishracing.com
Bookmakers Stan James make Stubbs 5/1 favourite for the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the company’s spokesman Joseph Burke said: “It was the best two-year-old performance by an Irish-trained colt this season and Stubbs bids to follow in the hoofprints of last year’s winner Dawn Approach and go on to win the Coventry Stakes.”
Stubbs is a son of 2008 Irish Oaks heroine Moonstone making him a three-parts brother to this season’s Lingfield Derby Trial winner Nevis.