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Matron Stakes

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History

IRIDESSA winning the Matron Stakes.
IRIDESSA winning the Matron Stakes. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

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.
The Matron Stakes was worth €350,000 in 2019.
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 2019 Matron Stakes was won by Iridessa from Hermosa and Just Wonderful.


Racing and Sports

Previous Matron Stakes Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
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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