Iridessa irresistible in Matron Stakes

Iridessa bounced back to Group One-winning Type from the Coolmore’Fastnet Rock‘ Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

Because she reduced the colors, amongst others joseph O’Brien’s three-year-old was predominant for the third time in the top level – returning in defence of the crown she won 12 months ago.
Iridessa, sent off 10-1 after finishing seventh at the Irish Oaks at the Curragh two months past, also established too great on this event for Aidan O’Brien’s double Guineas heroine Hermosa, that had been a second.
Favourite Laurens set out to control from the front, as she has to such effect.
However, Hermosa was on her situation nosing before two furlongs out until Iridessa produced an late charge beneath Wayne Lordan, who’d ridden her to her Group One cries.
Karl Burke’s British raider Laurens faded to complete a three-length fourth of seven.
O’Brien explained:“It’s wonderful. The filly was very tough and Wayne gave a great ride. We are over the moon.
„We were toying around with different trips, we weren’t certain what her excursion was. She ran OK within a mile earlier in the calendar year, we went 10 furlongs and she won.
„She ran well in the Oaks, however, it was a really messy race, so they proceeded very slow and sprinted up the right so we place a line through that.
„She’s a great filly, she appears to love it if there’s a little bit of pace on in front of her and she has something to operate at. I am delighted for the owners.
„She’s a home-bred. Dad and mum purchased the mare and this is the second foal out of her. She has some animals coming along and that is a great boost.
„It is very important to get these Group Ones and this filly was a real flag-bearer for us this year.
„The Prix p l’Opera was exactly what we had in the back of our minds. Originally we were thinking about running at the Blandford, but there wasn’t as large a field as we thought so we came .“

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