Ryan Moore riding Alice Springs (left) to victory at 5-1
PICTURE: Getty Images
By Lewis Porteous 5:36PM 10 SEP 2016
Report: Leopardstown, Saturday
Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Group 1) 3yo+, 1m
ALICE SPRINGS bounced back to the form of her Falmouth victory to run out a convincing winner of the Matron Stakes.
In what had been a frustrating day for the Coolmore team, who had earlier watched favourite Idaho unseat his rider and stablemate Housesofparliament narrowly denied in the St Leger, Alice Springs gave them some Group 1 cheer under a perfect ride from Ryan Moore.
Trained by Aidan O’Brien, who also saw his ante-post Derby favourite Douglas Macarthur well beaten into third earlier on the Leopardstown card, Alice Springs had been a well-beaten eighth in the Prix Rothschild but emphatically turned the tables on Qemah on this occasion.
Settled towards the rear by Moore, Alice Springs looked on as first Jet Setting and then Persuasive mastered the front-running Creggs Pipes.
Persuasive raced into a clear lead but as the camera zoomed out, it revealed Alice Springs to be powering down the outside of the field and she rocketed away for a commanding three-and-a-quarter-length success over Persuasive.
Qemah, the 11-8 favourite, was never able to land a blow as she struggled to find racing room on the inner, finishing a never-nearer third under Gregory Benoist.
More to follow . . .