Hydrangea, a full-sister to Moutonshoek’s exciting new sire The United States, is one of 13 potential runners for the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday.
One of the better two-year-olds of last year, when second in both the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and G1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile, Hydrangea defeated subsequent QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Winter when successful in the G3 Ballylinch 1000 Guineas Trial two starts back.
A daughter of Galileo, Hydrangea has won or placed in six of her nine outings to date, and has already amassed more than £220 000 in prize money.
Her sire, responsible for both the English 2000 and 1000 Guineas winners this year, could be represented by four runners in Sunday’s classic, with Galileo’s likely starters including the abovementioned Winter.
Hydrangea’s full brother, The United States, was a top class racehorse, who banked more than £1 million in stakes. His victories included the G1 Ranvet Stakes, G2 Crystal Mile and G3 KPMG Enterprise Stakes, with The United States also having won first time out, over 1400m, as a 2yo.
The United States and Hydrangea are out of G3 Prix d’Arenberg winner Beauty Is Truth, a daughter of outstanding sire and broodmare sire Pivotal. Beauty Is Truth is also the dam of G3 Anglesey Stakes winner Fire Lily who ran second to multiple G1 winner Elusive Kate in the 2011 G1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
The United States, one of more than 60 G1 winners sired by Galileo, will stand his first season at Moutonshoek in 2017.