Holy Roman Emperor Takes the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas

Dec 03, 2018

Holy Roman Emperor Takes the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas

Fabulously reliable Holy Roman Emperor hit the jackpot on Saturday when Robert Ng’s Romanised (3c Holy Roman Emperor-Romantic Venture, by Indian Ridge) ran out an impressive winner of the G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The three-year-old, bred by Monica Aherne, showed a brilliant turn of foot to finish late and claim the Classic success by two and a quarter lengths,

“He worked the best he’s worked all spring last Tuesday and I felt he was going to run a big race,” said trainer Ken Condon. “He’s always shown talent and he just seems to have come to himself in the last few weeks.

“It’s just amazing to win a Classic. It’s all I wanted to do when I entered racing. It’s a very select club and to actually step into that club feels like you are walking through special doors to be considered one of those. I thought he’d run well but to win is magic.

“He’s bred to want a trip but he’s a horse that shows an awful lot of pace and I must admit I wasn’t quite sure If he’d get the mile. I said yesterday if he relaxed early on he’d run a big race. Shane (Foley) just said after a furlong he tried to take a run and get strong with him but then he relaxed.

“He had a lot of ground to make up but he made it up steadily. It was a fast pace, a proper run race with no excuses, and he went to the line very strongly.”

Shane Foley added: “I’ve said it from day one that this is a really good horse. It worked out today thank God. We went a good gallop and this lad was even travelling off the gallop we were going.

“I just met a bit of traffic at the wrong time but he picked up well. He picked up in the style of a good horse.”

All Hail the Emperor: Honorius Settles in at Stud

Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor) has settled in like a Champion at Larneuk Stud in Victoria.

Honorius has seen a steady flow of mares in his first season and has had his first mares test positive for pregnancy.

Honorius is a son of Danehill’s highest ever rated 2YO Holy Roman Emperor, a Champion 2YO himself and internationally successful Group One producing sire.

Holy Roman Emperor’s 54 stakes winners include Hong Kong Horse Of The Year, Designs On Rome and his progeny have also enjoyed Group One success in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, France and the United States.

Claiming his second Hong Kong Champion Sire title having won it previously in 2014 before finishing second in 2015 and 2016, Holy Roman Emperor is the sire of 10 individual G1 winners in seven different countries.

Honorius won himself as a two year old twice, once in listed company, showing that he was quick to get going and he actually ran seven times as a two year old.

As a three year old he placed in races ranging from 7f up to 1m4f, making him have the potential to sire 1m Guineas winners, 1m4f Derby or Oaks winners, all the way up to 1m6f St Leger winners. Later in his career as an older horse, Honorius himself ran over 1m5f showing he does have plenty of stamina.

  • Winning the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick over 2000m
  • 2nd in the Gr.3 Gloaming Stakes to IT’S A DUNDEEL (DUNDEEL) over 1800m
  • 2nd in the Gr.3 Norman Robinson to HVASSTAN over 2000m.
  • 2nd in the Gr.3 Frank Packer Plate over 2000m.
  • 2nd in the Gr.3 Kingston Town over 2000m.
  • 3rd in the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes to IT’S A DUNDEEL (DUNDEEL) over 2000m.
  • 3rd in the Gr.1 Queensland Derby over 2400m to HAWKESPUR.
  • 3rd in the Gr.3 Grand Prix to HAWKESPUR over 2200m.
  • 3rd in the Listed MING DYNASTY over 1400m.
  • 5th in the Gr.1 Epsom to HE’S YOUR MAN and ROYAL DESCENT over 1600m by only 1.8 lengths.
  • For information on Honorius contact Larneuk Stud