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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

Full result

17:40 Leopardstown Result 3rd September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (8) Emulous 9-5 P J Smullen D K Weld 4 9/2
In touch in rear, good progress on outer entering straight, ridden to lead 1f out, quickly clear and stayed on well, comfortably opened 5/1 touched 5/1
2nd (7) 3 Together (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 3/1
Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on without threatening winner opened 3/1 touched 10/3
3rd (2) 1 Misty For Me (IRE) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 6/4f
Prominent, disputed lead from 4f out, ridden entering straight, led briefly over 1f out, soon headed and kept on one paced in 3rd final furlong opened 5/4 touched 6/4
4th (6) hd Barefoot Lady (IRE) 9-0 T Hamilton R A Fahey 3 12/1
Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace from 2f out opened 14/1 touched 14/1
5th (5) nk Wild Wind (GER) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 16/1
Held up in rear, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out opened 16/1 touched 20/1
6th (1) 2 Ballybacka Lady (IRE) 9-0 F M Berry P A Fahy 3 50/1
Led, joined 4f out, ridden to lead again entering straight, headed over 1f out and soon weakened opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th (3) Lolly For Dolly (IRE) 9-5 W M Lordan T Stack 4 10/1
Bumped leaving stalls, chased leaders, ridden and no impression from 3f out opened 8/1 touched 10/1
8th (4) 3 Emiyna (USA) 9-0 J P Murtagh J M Oxx 3 10/1
Chased leaders, 4th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression opened 10/1 touched 11/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £6.10 Tote Place: £2.30,2.00,1.02
Straight Forecast: £18.90 Exacta: £30.40

Placepot: €134.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A visually arresting performance from EMULOUS, as Dermot Weld's filly showed a classy turn of foot to teach her younger rivals a lesson. Settled in rear by jockey Pat Smullen, the pair still had all seven rivals ahead of them turning in, but crucially the pace had been honest and the field was starting to bunch. As both front-runners Ballybacka Lady and Misty For Me tried to kick on, Smullen started to make up his ground on the outside of runners, and with an uninterrupted passage through, they soon found themselves challenging for the lead over a furlong out. At this point the Dansili filly quickly put the race to bed with a burst of speed and the race was over. She had three Group Three wins to her name prior to this, but seemed to handle the step up in class very well and was certainly a deserving winner. She has several entries at Group Three level, but would have to shoulder a penalty in those, so a crack at something like the Sun Chariot would probably be a more likely option. However it should be pointed out that she came here on the back of a 66 day break, and she may be a horse best kept fresh. Together ran a solid race in second, having tracked the pace throughout. She held every chance, having looked to have the leaders covered, but was unable to find the turn of foot of the winner and was eventually well-held in second. She's consistent, but is just struggling to get her head in-front. A confidence booster at a lower level may be the order of the day for a filly who hasn't won since July of last year. Stablemate Misty For Me was a warm order to add to her Pretty Polly Stakes win over Midday but was made to look slow dropping in trip here. She was given a nice aggressive ride, but was swamped by the first two as the sprint for home started and never looked like being able to repel them. Eventually she only scraped third from Barefoot Lady. She is not one to give up on, and a return to further will be in the offing, with a possible crack at the colts in the Champion Stakes not a totally unrealistic future assignment. Richard Fahey's filly keeps running the same race, getting outpaced before running on late in the day. There aren't that many options for a filly of her ability in England, so trips to Ireland may become the norm, as she just seems to lack the class to be a major player in the very top grade. Further back in the field Wild Wind was arguably unlucky. She was held up in midfield and continually ran up the back of horses before finally finding a gap when the race was over. She is not top-class, but compensation awaits when her sights are lowered slightly. Ballybacka Lady ran well from the front for a long way but was readily brushed aside, whilst Lolly For Dolly was well-held, and doesn't look the same horse since coming back from her Windsor Forest win.