Homecoming Queen: last year's 1,000 Guineas heroine to visit GalileoPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Date with Galileo for Homecoming Queen
LAST year's impressive 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen has been retired to join the Coolmore broodmare band.
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor's first mating will be with the operation's outstanding champion sire Galileo.
A resultant foal will be bred on a variation of the famed Galileo-Danehill cross that has produced Frankel, as Holy Roman Emperor is a son of Danehill.
Homecoming Queen has an unusual profile for a Classic winner as it took her eight starts to break her maiden - and that was in a Fairyhouse nursery. She improved to win the Lanwades & Staffordstown Stud Stakes and finish second in the CL Weld Park Stakes at two.
It was at Newmarket that the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly really put her best foot forward though. She made all under Ryan Moore to score by nine lengths.
Tower Bloodstock bred Homecoming Queen out of the placed Diesis mare Lagrion, making her a three-parts sister to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas and Oaks runner-up Remember When and a half-sister to champion juvenile filly Queen's Logic.
Was, the other Classic-winning filly sent out from Ballydoyle last year, remains in training this season in pursuit of more Group 1 glory to add to her Oaks victory.