Zoffany’s Who’s Steph wins Guineas trial
George Strawbridge’s famous colours were carried to a superb victory in the G3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday by the Zoffany filly Who’s Steph (3f Zoffany-Llew Law, by Verglas).
The Ger Lyons-trained filly, who was bred by Patrick Headon, also won in G3 company at the same course last month, after which she was bought by Strawbridge, and she looks a live contender for the G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas after winning by a length.
"That was great. I've just spoken to Mr Strawbridge and he's over the moon. It's one thing doing these deals and getting big clients into the yard but ultimately you have to deliver,” said Lyons. "That was a big one for us as he's after entrusting me with the filly and believed what I told him I hoped she was.
"She is after winning on heavy ground and has won on good to firm ground which is important as if she is going to have a career in the States she has to handle ground like that. She was bought to go to America eventually but she will have a three-year-old career in Ireland.
"Our horses improve from their first run and we don't aim to gun them first time out. I'd say she will be supplemented for the Irish Guineas. There is no reason why we won't use today's prize-money for that."