10th Jun 2020
Ancient Spirit, a dual Gr. 2 winner in Germany when landing the German Guineas and Darley Oettingen-Rennen landed the Listed Heritage Stakes over 1 Mile at Navan today for trainer Jessica Harrington and Owner Zhang Yuesheng.
Bred by Gestut Schlenderhan, Ancient Spirit is the first foal out of the Galileo mare Assisi a half-sister to German 1m2f Group 3 winner Amazona and Group-placed 1m2f winner Ametrin out of 1m3f Group 1 (German Oaks) winner.
Post race Kate Harrington commented ‘ We couldn’t be happier with him. He was unlucky at the end of last year to get beat and it’s great that’s he’s come out and done that today. He really battled. He’s learning to do things right now. Shane jumped out and kept him out to let him relax in his own time. I think he’ll get a lot of confidence from today. He has a few entries and I’ll let mum, Michael (Donohoe) and Mr Zhang have the conversation about where they are going to go. He’s very versatile and I think he’ll go on any ground. He’s just a good solid horse and a exciting, fun horse to have for all those group and listed races. He could be anything if he keeps improving like he has.’
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