Romanised (Holy Roman Emperor) winning the G1 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh

Romanised is Guineas hero for Holy Roman

Fabulously reliable Holy Roman Emperor hit the jackpot on Saturday when Robert Ng’s Romanised (3c Holy Roman Emperor-Romantic Venture, by Indian Ridge) ran out an impressive winner of the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The three-year-old, bred by Monica Aherne, showed a brilliant turn of foot to finish late and claim the Classic success by two and a quarter lengths.

“He worked the best he's worked all spring last Tuesday and I felt he was going to run a big race,” said trainer Ken Condon. “He's always shown talent and he just seems to have come to himself in the last few weeks.

“It's just amazing to win a Classic. It's all I wanted to do when I entered racing. It's a very select club and to actually step into that club feels like you are walking through special doors to be considered one of those. I thought he'd run well but to win is magic.

"He's bred to want a trip but he's a horse that shows an awful lot of pace and I must admit I wasn't quite sure If he'd get the mile. I said yesterday if he relaxed early on he'd run a big race. Shane (Foley) just said after a furlong he tried to take a run and get strong with him but then he relaxed.

“He had a lot of ground to make up but he made it up steadily. It was a fast pace, a proper run race with no excuses, and he went to the line very strongly.”

Shane Foley added: "I've said it from day one that this is a really good horse. It worked out today thank God. We went a good gallop and this lad was even travelling off the gallop we were going.

"I just met a bit of traffic at the wrong time but he picked up well. He picked up in the style of a good horse.”