JOE Foley’s Ballyhane Stud was another to celebrate on the double when it came to juvenile stars at Royal Ascot. The Lir Jet’s success in the colours of Qatar Racing was especially pleasing, given that this was the sole two-year-old win for a first season stallion at the meeting. This was well complemented by victory for Dandy Man’s daughter Dandalla in the Group 3 Albany Stakes.
Prince Of Lir went to stud at three. Bred by Philip and Orla Hore, he was a £170,000 breeze-up purchase by The Cool Silk Partnership and went into training with Robert Cowell. His owners did not have long to wait to see their investment pay off and two months later they had a colt who beat the subsequent Group 1 winning two-year-old The Last Lion in both his wins. The highlight was the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes.