Holy Roman Emperor Colt Wins Irish 2,000 Guineas

In Holy Roman Emperor, Stallions, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Following the win of Godolphin’s imported Duca Valentinois (IRE) in the Group III Lord Mayor’s Cup at Doomben, the Ken Condon-trained Romanised completed a grand 24 hours for Aquis shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) when he pulled off a 25/1 surprise in the Group 1Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Romanised came with a barnstorming finish from near last under Shane Foley to defeat U S Navy Flag by two and a quarter lengths.

It was the first Classic win for Condon and his first winner anywhere this year.

“We kept faith in him and he had excuses at Naas on his comeback,” Condon told Sporting Life.

“He worked the best he’s worked all spring last Tuesday. We knew we were a long shot coming in here, but I felt he was going to run a big race.

“He’s always shown talent and he just seems to have come to himself in the last few weeks.”

A three-quarter brother to Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Designs on Rome, Romanised is a half-brother to two other stakes winners, the dual Listed winner Fictional Account, the Champion Older Female Stayer in Ireland in 2011 and well-travelled Rock Of Romance, whose ventures to France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland were highlighted by his win in the Group III St Leger Italiano at Milan.

The dam of Romanised, the winning Indian Ridge mare Romantic Venture, is a daughter of Summer Trysting, a half-sister to the Jonathon Munz owned mare Rekindled Affair the dam of dual Group II winner and Group 1 placed Rekindled Interest.

Romanised is the 73rd stakes-winner for Holy Roman Emperor and is his 11th Group I winner.

Holy Roman Emperor is enjoying a renaissance in Australia and his undoubted appeal to Hong Kong buyers makes the Group I winning son of Danehill an attractive proposition for breeders at a fee of $9,900 at Aquis Farm this spring.