Romantic Proposal powered to a brilliant victory in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes to secure more glory for sprint king Edward Lynam, writes Jack Lacey-Hatton.
In a frenetic but thrilling encounter at the Curragh, jockey Chris Hayes piloted the five-year-old to a half-a-length win from outsider A Case Of You and Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers.
Kicking off four back-to-back Group Ones on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend, the deep field was packed full of quality.
Pre-race, many thought the real threat would come from Winter Power who once again had hotshot Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle.
Winter Power had produced a brilliant display at York in last month’s Nunthorpe Stakes – and was right in the mix at the halfway stage once again on the other side of the Irish Sea.
But she was unable to respond to a charge from both Romantic Proposal and the much-fancied Glass Slippers, ridden by Tom Eaves and the winner of the race last season.
Lynam revelled in usurping Ryan’s Champions Weekend crown and said: “She (Romantic Proposal) has just kept improving. She is very easy to train. I always believed the way she was improving meant she was capable of winning a big race.
“I thought it would be in England to be honest, but she did everything great. I think its six years since I’ve had a Group One winner!
“We’re smaller now with 30 horses, but the team work very hard and we’re still passionate about it. Days like today are great – I’m delighted.”
Romantic Proposal does have previous history at the Curragh, winning the Dubai Duty Free Dash Stakes back in June before the unequivocal Champions Weekend step-up.
And she was able to find an extra gear in the closing stages, to leave a beaming Hayes punching the air in delight when crossing the line.