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Matron Stakes

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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

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
IRIDESSA (IRE) 3F
RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE) - SENTA'S DREAM (GB) DANEHILL (USA)
W M LORDAN57.0JOSEPH O'BRIEN4
LAURENS (FR) 3F
SIYOUNI (FR) - RECAMBE (IRE) CAPE CROSS (IRE)
D TUDHOPE57.0K R BURKE5
HYDRANGEA (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - BEAUTY IS TRUTH (IRE) PIVOTAL (GB)
W M LORDAN57.0A P O'BRIEN9
ALICE SPRINGS (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - ALEAGUEOFTHEIROWN (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN7
LEGATISSIMO (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - YUMMY MUMMY (GB) MONTJEU (IRE)
W M LORDAN57.0D WACHMAN4
FIESOLANA (IRE) 5M
AUSSIE RULES (USA) - TIDAL REACH (USA) KRIS S. (USA)
W J LEE59.5WILLIAM MCCREERY4
LA COLLINA (IRE) 4M
STRATEGIC PRINCE (GB) - STARFISH (IRE) GALILEO (IRE)
CHRIS HAYES59.5KEVIN PRENDERGAST4
CHACHAMAIDEE (IRE) 5M
FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND (GB) - CANTERBURY LACE (USA) DANEHILL (USA)
T P QUEALLY59.5SIR HENRY CECIL11
EMULOUS (GB) 4M
DANSILI (GB) - ASPIRING DIVA (USA) DISTANT VIEW (USA)
P SMULLEN59.5D K WELD8
LILLIE LANGTRY (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - HOITY TOITY (GB) DARSHAAN (GB)
J MURTAGH56.0A P O'BRIEN4
RAINBOW VIEW (USA) 3F
DYNAFORMER (USA) - NO MATTER WHAT (USA) NUREYEV (USA)
JIMMY FORTUNE56.5JOHN GOSDEN4
LUSH LASHES (GB) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - DANCE FOR FUN (GB) ANABAA (USA)
K J MANNING56.5J S BOLGER2
ECHELON (GB) 5M
DANEHILL (USA) - EXCLUSIVE (GB)
RYAN MOORE58.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE2
RED EVIE (IRE) 3F
INTIKHAB (USA) - MALAFEMMENA (IRE) NORDICO (USA)
J P SPENCER56.5M L W BELL8
ATTRACTION (GB) 4M
EFISIO (GB) - FLIRTATION (GB) PURSUIT OF LOVE (GB)
K DARLEY58.0M JOHNSTON3
SOVIET SONG (IRE) 4M
MARJU (IRE) - KALINKA (IRE) SOVIET STAR (USA)
J MURTAGH58.0JAMES FANSHAWE7
FAVOURABLE TERMS (GB) 3F
SELKIRK (USA) - FATEFULLY (USA) PRIVATE ACCOUNT (USA)
K FALLON56.0SIR MICHAEL STOUTE5
DRESS TO THRILL (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - TRUSTED PARTNER (USA) AFFIRMED (USA)
P SMULLEN57.0D K WELD4

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