Treble for Aidan O'Brien at Leopardstown
Homecoming Queen, far side, keeps ahead of Fire Lily at Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was sUpported from 12/1 to 8/1 on course and was given a good front-running ride by Colm O’Donoghue who kept enough in reserve at the business end of the race to keep 7/4 favourite Fire Lily at bay.
O’Brien also saddled the third horse in the race, Up, who was ridden by his son Joseph to reward each way punters at 9/2.
Commenting on the winner, Aidan O’Brien said: “She is a hardy little filly and she improved nicely from the Curragh [ninth on 25th March].
“She will go into one of the Guineas now.”
Boylesports gave Homecoming Queen quotes of 25/1 (from 33/1) for the English 1,000 Guineas and introduced her at 33/1 for the Oaks.
Stan James were more impressed today as they cut her to 25/1 from 66/1 for the Guineas and the Oaks. They also cut Fire Lily to 33/1 from 66/1 for the Guineas.
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