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The Matron Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for fillies and mares at Leopardstown conducted by the Leopardstown Racecourse for Horse Racing Ireland.
The Matron Stakes is run over a mile. It was first run in 1980 and was won by Calandra.
It is one of two races in Ireland for fillies and mares only. The other is the Pretty Polly Stakes.
The race forms part of Irish Champions weekend.
Originally a Group 3 it was elevated to Group 2 in 2003 and Group 1 in 2004.
The race was known as the Gilltown Stud Stakes when at the Curragh but became the Matron in the 80s.
In the last decade, six fillies have saluted with them taking the last five.
Johnny Murtagh and Wayne Lordan have ridden the winner on three occasions while John Dunlop has tasted most success as trainer with four winners.
Murtagh would go on to train the winner in 2020 via Champers Elysees.
The Matron Stakes was worth €250,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Matron Stakes include Iridessa (2019), Laurens (2018), Hydrangea (2017), Legatissimo (2015), Lillie Langtry (2010), Rainbow View (2009), Lush Lashes (2008), Attraction (2005), Soviet Song (2004), Favourable Terms (2003), Timarida (1995) and Kooyonga (1991).
The 2020 Matron Stakes was won by Champers Elysees from Peaceful and Fancy Blue.
Previous Matron Stakes Winners
| CHAMPERS ELYSEES (IRE) 3F |
ELZAAM (AUS) - LA CUVEE (GB) MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE)
|C T KEANE||58.0||J P MURTAGH||8|
| IRIDESSA (IRE) 3F |
RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE) - SENTA'S DREAM (GB) DANEHILL (USA)
|W M LORDAN||57.0||JOSEPH O'BRIEN||4|
| LAURENS (FR) 3F |
SIYOUNI (FR) - RECAMBE (IRE) CAPE CROSS (IRE)
|D TUDHOPE||57.0||K R BURKE||5|
| HYDRANGEA (IRE) 3F |
GALILEO (IRE) - BEAUTY IS TRUTH (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
|W M LORDAN||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||9|
| ALICE SPRINGS (IRE) 3F |
GALILEO (IRE) - ALEAGUEOFTHEIROWN (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
|RYAN MOORE||57.0||A P O'BRIEN||7|
| LEGATISSIMO (IRE) 3F |
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - YUMMY MUMMY (GB) MONTJEU (IRE)
|W M LORDAN||57.0||D WACHMAN||4|
| FIESOLANA (IRE) 5M |
AUSSIE RULES (USA) - TIDAL REACH (USA) KRIS S (USA)
|W J LEE||59.5||WILLIAM MCCREERY||4|
| LA COLLINA (IRE) 4M |
STRATEGIC PRINCE (GB) - STARFISH (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
|CHRIS HAYES||59.5||KEVIN PRENDERGAST||4|
| CHACHAMAIDEE (IRE) 5M |
FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND (GB) - CANTERBURY LACE (USA) DANEHILL (USA)
|T P QUEALLY||59.5||SIR HENRY CECIL||11|
| EMULOUS (GB) 4M |
DANSILI (GB) - ASPIRING DIVA (USA) DISTANT VIEW (USA)
|P SMULLEN||59.5||D K WELD||8|
| LILLIE LANGTRY (IRE) 3F |
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - HOITY TOITY (GB) DARSHAAN (GB)
|J MURTAGH||56.0||A P O'BRIEN||4|
| RAINBOW VIEW (USA) 3F |
DYNAFORMER (USA) - NO MATTER WHAT (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
|JIMMY FORTUNE||56.5||JOHN GOSDEN||4|
| LUSH LASHES (GB) 3F |
GALILEO (IRE) - DANCE FOR FUN (GB) ANABAA (USA)
|K J MANNING||56.5||J S BOLGER||2|
| ECHELON (GB) 5M |
DANEHILL (USA) - EXCLUSIVE (GB)
|RYAN MOORE||58.5||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||2|
| RED EVIE (IRE) 3F |
INTIKHAB (USA) - MALAFEMMENA (IRE) NORDICO (USA)
|J P SPENCER||56.5||M L W BELL||8|
| ATTRACTION (GB) 4M |
EFISIO (GB) - FLIRTATION (GB) PURSUIT OF LOVE (GB)
|K DARLEY||58.0||M JOHNSTON||3|
| SOVIET SONG (IRE) 4M |
MARJU (IRE) - KALINKA (IRE) SOVIET STAR (USA)
|J MURTAGH||58.0||JAMES FANSHAWE||7|
| FAVOURABLE TERMS (GB) 3F |
SELKIRK (USA) - FATEFULLY (USA) PRIVATE ACCOUNT (USA)
|K FALLON||56.0||SIR MICHAEL STOUTE||5|
| DRESS TO THRILL (IRE) 3F |
DANEHILL (USA) - TRUSTED PARTNER (USA) AFFIRMED (USA)
|P SMULLEN||57.0||D K WELD||4|
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