Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes
Group 1, Leopardstown 16:55
€300,000 added,
3yo plus, fillies,
1m, Class 1   
Saturday 10th September 2022


1 Pearls Galore 16/1
2 Saffron Beach 2/1
3 Tenebrism 15/2
9 ran NR: Agartha, Panama Red
Distances: 3l, 1l, 1½l Time: 1m 44.36s (slow by 4.86s)

Paddy Twomey’s Pearls Galore hardly saw another rival as she set the pace from the front throughout under Billy Lee.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Saffron Beach plugged away in her slipstream but neither she, nor the third-placed horse Tenebrism, could pass winner.

Eventually prevailing by three lengths, Pearls Galore went one better than her second-placed run in the same race last year, where she was beaten a neck by No Speak Alexander.

The victory was a turnaround in form from the Prix Rothschild in Deauville, where Pearls Galore had been fifth to Saffron Beach.

Twomey said: “She was good today. She’s been in good form at home and I said to Billy we’d put the cheekpieces on. She’s five years old and was just doing what she had to do, just going through the motions.

“France didn’t work out the last day and we came home disappointed but not upset. The ground was quick and it was a straight mile.

“This is more her jazz, an ease in the ground and a turn. The best race of her life was this race last year.

“I knew she was in good form and I said to Billy with the cheekpieces on I don’t think we should be taking her back.

“She has got speed and she stays. She has a lot of ability and can go at a high pace and burn off other horses. That’s her true running.

“The aim was to win a Group One and she’s after doing it.”

Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes
Group 1, 1m , Race Value: €300,000
9 ran

Going: Soft

1 (7)     Pearls Galore 5 9-7 P Twomey W J Lee 16/1
2 (8)
3 Saffron Beach 4 9-7 Jane Chapple-Hyam Hollie Doyle 2/1
3 (1)
1 Tenebrism 39 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 15/2
4 (2)
Homeless Songs 3 9-2 D K Weld Chris Hayes 5/4F
5 (5)
Honey Girl 3 9-2 Henry De Bromhead Shane Foley 125/1
6 (11)
½ Affogato 3 9-2 G M Lyons Colin Keane 66/1
7 (10)
7 Star Girls Aalmal 3 9-2 Henry De Bromhead Wayne Lordan 33/1
8 (6)
¾ Concert Hall 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 33/1
9 (3) 6 Lights On 5 9-7 Sir Michael Stoute Christophe Soumillon 17/2
NR (4) Agartha 3 9-2 Joseph Patrick O'Brien NON RUNNER
NR (9) Panama Red 3 9-2 G M Lyons Gary Carroll NON RUNNER