G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas second Ishvana (3f Holy Roman Emperor-Song Of The Sea, by Bering) took the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday in the colours of her breeder, Annemarie O’Brien.
The progressive Holy Roman Emperor filly, trained by O’Brien’s husband Aidan, could now be aimed at a G1 target following this defeat of the previously unbeaten Sentaril (3f Danehill Dancer-Superstar Leo, by College Chapel).
“I’d like to thank my dad, who has picked out all of our broodmares, and we are really thrilled,” said the winning owner-breeder. “I am so happy to be here and she was very impressive. She showed a great turn of foot and I think that seven furlongs suited her perfectly today.
“She won so well and she might not have quite got home in the Irish Guineas and seven furlongs may be better for her. She likes a nice bit of ground and we thought she would run well. We’ll probably try and step up to a Group1 now but it’s up to the trainer!
“We have a yearling full-brother to Ishvana at home and a filly foal by Fastnet Rock.”
Aidan O’Brien added: “Ishvana had a very good run at the Curragh last time and she is a smart filly who loves fast ground. She has plenty of speed, travels well and got a mile well on her latest start. She’s a legitimate filly now for a lot of the big races.
“Seamus (Heffernan) gave her a great ride and the lads have done a great job with her at home, so I am very grateful to everybody.”