This triumph added a second Group win to Via Sistina's CV following a victory in the G3 Prix Fille de l'Air at Toulouse in November last year.
Bred by Laundry Cottage Stud, she is a daughter of Fastnet Rock, out of the unraced Galileo-mare Nigh, herself a half-sister to dual G1-winner Kingsgate Native.
We sold Via Sistina at Tattersalls December Yearling Sale in 2019 to Stephen Hillen for just 5,000gns, this low price has not reflected on her fantastic career so far!
The ground is key to Via Sistina, she's got a hell of a turn of foot in soft ground. Her work is good on decent ground but it's a lot better on softer ground. It didn't come as a huge surprise when the rain started to fall, we were pretty happy. I think even the back end of last year we were talking about the Prix de l'Opera on Arc day for her. That's a realistic possibility as it's been soft however many times on that day and we'll work back from that. The Pretty Polly Stakes on Irish Derby Day is quite possibly the next step - George Boughey, trainer.