Iridessa irresistible in Matron Stakes

Iridessa bounced back to Group One-winning Type in the Coolmore’Fastnet Rock’ Matron Stakes.

Joseph O’Brien’s three-year-old was predominant for the time in the very top level as she reduced the colours, among others — coming from defence of the crown won 12 weeks ago.
Iridessa, after finishing seventh in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh two months before sent off, also demonstrated too good.
Favorite Laurens set out to control from the front, as she has to such telling effect.
But Hermosa was in her case nosing in front two furlongs out before Iridessa produced an late fee beneath Wayne Lordan, who’d ridden her to her Group One victories.
Karl Burke’s British raider Laurens vanished to complete a fourth of seven.
O’Brien stated:»It is wonderful. The filly was very demanding and Wayne gave a ride that is excellent. We are over the moon.
«We had been toying around with different excursions, we weren’t sure what her excursion was. She conducted OK over a mile before in the calendar year, we went 10 furlongs and that she even also won.
«She raced well in the Oaks, however, it was a very sloppy race, so they moved really slow and sprinted up the straight so we place a line through that.
«She is a wonderful filly, she seems to enjoy it when there’s a little bit of pace on in front of her and she has something to operate at. I’m thrilled for its owners.
«She is a home-bred. Dad and mum bought this and the mare is the second foal out of her. She’s some creatures coming along and this really can be a wonderful boost.
«It is extremely important to get these Group Ones and this filly has been a real flag-bearer for us this past season.
«The Prix p l’Opera was what we had in the back of our minds. Initially we had been considering running in the Blandford, but there wasn’t as large a field here as we believed we came .»

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