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Leopardstown

  • 17:40 Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes 1m

  • (Group 1) €190,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €123,501 2nd €36,100 3rd €17,100 4th €5,700
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.47s
  • Off time: 17:40:48

Matron march for Emulous

Newmarket now plan for rising star

Last Updated: 03/09/11 6:36pm

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Emulous: Impressive Leopardstown winner, now for Newmarket

Emulous: Impressive Leopardstown winner, now for Newmarket

Dermot Weld's Emulous came from last to first to land the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

The four-year-old had to give weight away to her younger rivals but that was not a concern for jockey Pat Smullen who had her anchored at the back of the field early on.

The pair started to make their move around the outside of runners turning for home and swooped past her rivals at the furlong pole.

She strode clear for an impressive 9-2 success and added yet another Group One victory for her owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.

Together (3-1) did best of the Aidan O'Brien trio in second, with hot 6-4 favourite Misty For Me clinging on for third from the fast finishing Barefoot Lady.

Wild Wind looked unlucky in running further down the field.

Weld said: "It's lovely to train a Group One winner for Prince Khalid (Abdullah) and she (Emulous) has been very consistent.

"We've picked her races for her and she's won three Group Threes for us.

I was always thought she was capable of winning a Group One.

"She's progressive and a very talented filly and we'll probably look at the Sun Chariot at Newmarket for her. We trained her for today and it's paid dividends."

Smullen added: "I always felt she was of that level, but that was a very hot race.

"It worked out beautifully for her in that they went enough pace that I could come from behind like I did with one run.

"She picked up very very well and is a very good filly and she could have a good back-end."

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for the winning owner, said: "She travelled very well in behind and she picked them up almost for fun.

"She was in good shape for today - in a good frame of mind. She'll go for the Sun Chariot at Newmarket now."

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