York under consideration for Hermana Estrella

Fozzy Stack’s Hermana Estrella could return to action on the Knavesmire as a run in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes is under consideration.

The two-year-old made a winning debut earlier in the campaign, announcing herself with an impressive victory in the Group Three Coolmore Stud Irish Fillies’ Sprint Stakes at Naas.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner was triumphant by a length over the six-furlong trip and defeated Gavin Cromwell’s Quick Suzy in the process.

The latter has gone on to taste Group Two success when taking the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, but Hermana Estrella has not been seen since that Naas contest in May.

York could now be the scene of a comeback, however, with Stack considering the Group Two event for the filly’s first run since May.

“She might go to the Lowther Stakes up at York,” the trainer said.

“She’s a big filly and we decided that we’d just give her a bit of time.”

Stack confirmed that Hermana Estrella has not suffered any sort of injury setback, but rather has just been handled patiently due to her size.

“She’s not had an issue, she’s just a big filly,” he added.

“We are taking our time with her.”

Royal Ascot one of the options for Hermana Estrella

A tilt at the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot will be considered for Hermana Estrella following her debut victory at Naas on Sunday.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner justified trainer Fozzy Stack’s decision to pitch her in at Group Three level on her racecourse debut as she got the better of several previous winners in impressive fashion.

While her 50-1 success was a surprise to many, Stack revealed it was her exciting homework which prompted him to run her at Pattern level at the first time of asking.

He said: “She’d been working well at home. She hasn’t been away to work or anything and hasn’t even worked on grass, so it was actually a very good performance.

“She’d shown plenty of talent at home. If it hadn’t worked out we’d have been left with egg on our face if she’d run very green, but it worked out well.

“She’s a smart filly.”

Hermana Estrella is likely to run in either the Albany next month or stay at home for the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

“Royal Ascot would be a possibility, or maybe the race on Derby weekend here,” Stack added.

“It will be the Albany or that race, I’d imagine. We’ll take our time and talk to connections and see what everybody wants to do.

“She gets six furlongs well, so the soft ground in Naas might have helped on that front, but I don’t think she needs it soft.

“I’d like to think she could step up in trip for something like the Moyglare later in the season.”

Newcomer Hermana Estrella claims surprise Naas verdict

Hermana Estrella was a surprise winner of the Group Three Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes at Naas for Chris Hayes and Fozzy Stack.

A two-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner, the filly was making her racecourse debut after being purchased for £42,000 as yearling.

The outsider of the field of seven, the bay started at 50-1 and cut through the field with two furlongs left to travel to take on leader Quick Suzy.

The two fillies locked horns from the furlong pole onwards, where Hayes’ mount slowly began to pull away from her rival to record a one-length success.

Quick Suzy was the eventual runner-up at 6-1, with 14-1 chance Missing Matron in third and Aidan O’Brien’s 2-7 favourite Contarelli Chapel finishing fourth.

“She’s a very smart filly and Fozzy doesn’t make entries like that unless they are good,” said Hayes

“She’s one of our nicer two-year-olds.

“She was green and raw as you would expect going against experienced company, but to me I was coasting and everything was going in slow motion.

“When Ryan’s (Moore) horse (Contarelli Chapel) faded away, I wanted to chase after Gary (Carroll, aboard Quick Suzy).

“She was green and ran around, but won with her ears pricked. She is one to look forward to.

“I sat on her twice at home, Mark Enright has been riding her in a bit of work and we have always held her in high regard – that’s why she had that entry.”