Lancaster House (5h Galileo – Quiet Oasis, by Oasis Dream) made an impressive return to action on Saturday, when landing back-to-back runnings of the Group 3 Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.
A Listed winner as a three-year-old, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt captured the Group 3 contest on his four-year-old return and went on to claim second in the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes. Unseen since October, he was sent off favourite under Ryan Moore and raced in midfield, before quickening from three furlongs out. Joining the leader after the two furlong pole, he soon led and was shaken up to go clear, winning by two and a half lengths comfortably.
Speaking after the race, O’Brien said, “Lancaster House is a very solid and consistent horse. He likes a nice bit of ground and finished it out well.”
Successful in the colours of Mrs Gaye Smith, the son of Galileo is the first foal bred by Barronstown Stud out of Grade 2 winner Quiet Oasis. Drummer Girl, a three-year-old own-sister to Lancaster House, holds an entry in the Irish Oaks.
Wordsworth (3c Galileo – Chelsea Rose, by Desert King) completed a Barronstown Stud-bred double on the card when justifying favouritism in the ten furlong maiden.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was narrowly beaten on debut last August and the winner High Definition went on to win the Group 2 Beresford Stakes. Ridden by Ryan Moore on his second start, he was shaken up approaching the three furlong pole and led entering the final furlong, running on to win by two lengths.
The son of Galileo is a full-brother to dual Group 1 winner Kew Gardens and Group 3 winner Snow.