Yorkshire horse of the year Amazing Maria heads 10 fillies in contention for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
A shock winner of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, David O’Meara’s four-year-old has proved beyond doubt that effort was no fluke by securing successive Group One victories in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Amazing Maria could be joined on trip from Britain by Marco Botti’s Euro Charline, while the home team is headed by David Wachman’s 1000 Guineas and Nassau Stakes heroine Legatissimo, although she also has the option of taking on the boys in the Irish Champion Stakes later in the evening.
Ainippe has been supplemented for trainer Ger Lyons and owners Qatar Racing after winning the Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh and the Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse in June and July respectively.
Dermot Weld’s Brooch and the Charles O’Brien-trained Iveagh Gardens are respected, as is Alain de Royer-Dupre’s potential French raider Cladocera.