Lancaster House (4c Galileo – Quiet Oasis, by Oasis Dream) completed a Barronstown-bred double when taking the Group 3 Gladness Stakes on the Irish 1,000 Guineas card.
It marked a return to form for the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who had won his first three career starts, including at Listed level, before disappointing in the Group 2 Boomerang Mile. It later transpired that he was injured in that race but showed no ill effects when dropping back to seven furlongs on Saturday. Making most of the running under Seamie Heffernan, the bay was pushed along from two furlongs out and kept on well to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Speaking after the race, O’Brien said, “Lancaster House is a nice horse. He’s a Galileo but he’s pacy, he was quick out, and back over seven on nice ground, Seamie was not afraid to motor on.”
Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier, Lancaster House is the first foal out of dual Graded winner and Grade 1 runner-up Quiet Oasis. A full-sister to Lancaster House sold to MV Magnier and Westerberg for 2,100,000gns at last year’s Tattersalls yearling sales.
Ballydoyle and Coolmore partners won the earlier ten furlong maiden with Snow (3f Galileo – Chelsea Rose, by Desert King), a full-sister to dual Group 1 winner Kew Gardens.
Seamie Heffernan rode the chesnut to lead, but was joined by St Clerans with two furlongs left to race. Ridden to regain the advantage, she kept on well under hands and heels to win by three parts of a length.
O’Brien was pleased by her performance and later commented, “Snow was tough and hardy. She’s a sister to Kew Gardens and she will probably get further. She will probably turn up in an Oaks Trial.”
Snow’s maiden win, and that of her successful brother, bodes well for their two-year-old full-brother, who has been named Wordsworth.