Highway books Ascot trip

Highway books Ascot trip
Highway books Ascot trip
Sky Sports Racing News

Princess Highway is heading to Royal Ascot after winning the the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on Wednesday.

Trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Pat Smullen, Princess Highway was sent off a 7-2 chance after winning a Leopardstown maiden last time.

She was always travelling well for Smullen and as the well-backed front-runner Aloof began to toil in the straight, Princess Highway made her move.

Smullen was in control a furlong out and while Aaraas tried her best to challenge, Princess Highway finished a length to the good.

Aidan O’Brien’s Was stayed on for third while Shebella was in last place early on and never really looked like winning.

Princess Highway is not entered in the Investec Oaks but she holds a clutch of other top engagements, including the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Oaks.

However, Weld is prepared to sidestep Classic possibilities and is eyeing a trip to Royal Ascot for the Ribblesdale Stakes, a race he won with Princess Highway‘s dam Irresistible Jewel back in 2002.

He said: “It’s a lovely Group race to win with her. It was important with this filly to win her Group race. I think the logical progression will be to go for the Ribblesdale now.

“This filly is a late-maturing type and I think waiting for Royal Ascot is the prudent way to go. She will learn from today and I think as the year progresses, she will definitely be a Group One filly.”

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