Royal Ascot one of the options for Hermana Estrella

Mon 17th May 2021, 14:21

Hermana Estrella (Chris Hayes) beating Quick Suzy
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A tilt at the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot will be considered for Hermana Estrella following her debut victory at Naas on Sunday.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner justified trainer Fozzy Stack’s decision to pitch her in at Group Three level on her racecourse debut as she got the better of several previous winners in impressive fashion.

While her 50-1 success was a surprise to many, Stack revealed it was her exciting homework which prompted him to run her at Pattern level at the first time of asking.

He said: “She’d been working well at home. She hasn’t been away to work or anything and hasn’t even worked on grass, so it was actually a very good performance.

“She’d shown plenty of talent at home. If it hadn’t worked out we’d have been left with egg on our face if she’d run very green, but it worked out well.

“She’s a smart filly.”

Hermana Estrella is likely to run in either the Albany next month or stay at home for the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

“Royal Ascot would be a possibility, or maybe the race on Derby weekend here,” Stack added.

“It will be the Albany or that race, I’d imagine. We’ll take our time and talk to connections and see what everybody wants to do.

“She gets six furlongs well, so the soft ground in Naas might have helped on that front, but I don’t think she needs it soft.

“I’d like to think she could step up in trip for something like the Moyglare later in the season.”

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