Dam of Warm Heart in Foal to Home Affairs
The Group II Ribblesdale Stakes (1m4f) for three year-old fillies at Royal Ascot on Thursday was won by the Aidan O’Brien trained filly Warm Heart (3f Galileo x Sea Siren by Fastnet Rock), a daughter of Australian bred triple Group I winner Sea Siren.
A stakes-winner at her previous start, Warm Heart powered away for Ryan Moore to win by two and a half lengths over Saxon Warrior filly Lumiere Rock ridden by James McDonald.
“Warm Heart is a lovely filly. She ran at Newbury over a mile-and-a-quarter and we thought that maybe that was as far as she was going to get. We didn't know when she got to the front whether she would run out of stamina or if she wouldn't stay, but obviously we saw she probably doesn't want to get to the front too early - she got the trip very well today, Ryan gave her a beautiful ride, so I'm delighted,” said Aidan O’Brien.
With three wins and a second from five starts, Warm Heart holds entries for several upcoming Group I races including the Irish Oaks.
Warm Heart has a Group III placed full sister called Celestial Object and is the best of three winners from four foals to race so far from Sea Siren, who has an unraced two year-old Galileo colt in Ireland and produced a colt by Camelot in Australia last spring.
She was one of 203 mares covered by Home Affairs in Australia last year in his first season at stud.
The family of Sea Siren has been making headlines in Australia with the $1million Group I SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes winner Ruthless Dame adding further lustre to the page.
Warm Heart is a grand-daughter of Express a Smile, who is the third dam of Ruthless Dame, who runs in the Group I Tatts Tiara on Saturday.