Who's Steph bags another 1,000 Guineas trial with Derrinstown success
The daughter of Zoffany was bred by Patrick Headon
Who's Steph continued her journey towards contesting her first Classic later this month when she took out the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday.
This was a second success in a Group 3 for the daughter of Zoffany after she had won the Ballylinch Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes last month, a performance that led to prominent owner-breeder George Strawbridge securing the filly privately.
Patrick Headon bred Who's Steph out of the placed Verglas mare Llew Law, a mare Headon purchased from the 2012 Goffs November Mares Sale for just €5,000. Since retiring to the paddocks Llew Law has also produced the dual winner Thunder Crash.
Llew Law is a half-sister to Windsor Castle Stake scorer Hototo and the pair are out of the Listed-placed Dr Devious mare Harlem Dancer.
Who's Steph went through the ring on two occasions prior to hitting the racetrack, selling to Whitehall Stud for €20,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale before her trainer, Ger Lyons, bought her for €40,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
The filly is one of nine Group winners for her sire Zoffany, who is responsible for the Group 1-winning Ventura Storm and several Group 2 performers including Foundation and Illuminate.
Who's Steph is from the final crop of Zoffanys bred at a fee of €7,500, so with his more expensively bred crop of two-year-olds due to start hitting the track and time now, she may not be the only exciting prospect the ten-year-old son of Dansili will have representing him this season.
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