The Ger Lyons-trained four-year-old Who's Steph put up an impressive performance at Gowran Park this afternoon to take the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes by eight lengths. The daughter of Zoffany (by Dansili) was a dual Group 3 scorer in 2018 and looks set for further pattern success before long.
Those prior good wins came over seven and eight furlongs, today's success was over nine and a half furlongs, and she was a half-length runner-up to Cimeara in a 12-furlong listed contest at Cork on her seasonal reappearance last month. Her final start of 2018 saw her finish a three-quarter-length second to Eziyra in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes over 10 at the Curragh.
The grey was bred in Ireland by Patrick Headon, she is a €40,000 graduate of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale, and she carries the famous colours of George Strawbridge. Her entries include the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes.
Who's Steph is the second foal and second multiple winner out of Llew Law (by Verglas), a mare who was placed at up to 13 furlongs but whose siblings include the stakes-winning sprinter Hototo (by Sleeping Indian).
The next dam is the middle-distance French winner Harlem Dancer (by Dr Devious), who was listed-placed over 12 furlongs, and the third dam is Hymenee (by Chief's Crown), the final foal of Group 1 Criterium de Pouliches winner and Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) runner-up Hippodamia (by Hail To Reason).
Hymenee's siblings include Housatonic (by Riverman), who is the dam of Group 2 Prix Niel scorer Housamix (by Linamix) and Grade 1-placed stakes winner Housa Dancer (by Fabulous Dancer), the latter also notable as being the dam of the pattern winners Bushman (by Maria's Mon) and Grand Vent (by Shirocco).
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