While Nathaniel demonstrated his class and determination in a thrilling victory in the Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday, his year younger sister added to family honour with an impressive win in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock just an hour previously.
That Group Two triumph may have earned Great Heavens a tilt at Classic glory in the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on 22 July. It was the lightly raced filly’s third win in a row this season and her trainer John Gosden is mulling over whether to supplement for the Irish classic in just under two weeks’ time.
Reflecting on her performance at the weekend, Gosden said: “I was impressed with her at Haydock, she finished in a time a second faster than the Old Newton Cup and she went through the ground very well. We can look at the Irish Oaks as a possibility. We could supplement her. I never enter in the Irish Classics at the early stages because they are very expensive.”