Alice Springs shoots clear in the Matron Stakes Image by www.healyracing.ie

Alice Springs shoots clear in the Matron Stakes
Image by www.healyracing.ie

Alice Springs came back to her impressive best as she romped home in the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown this evening.

Eight fillies lined-up for this mile contest.

There was a level break and it was Creggs Pipes who went on from Devonshire and Jet Setting.

Creggs Pipes continued to lead Devonshire and Jet Setting, with Hawksmoor next and then the unbeaten Persuasive, Now Or Never and Qemah, just leading Alice Springs.

Turning for home, Creggs Pipes tried to kick and went a couple of lengths clear, but Jet Setting travelled powerfully and Persuasive showed a good turn of foot.

Persuasive went to the front, but Alice Springs and Ryan Moore careered forward from last to first and stormed clear, leaving them for dead with a brilliant victory.

Persuasive, on her first attempt at Group 1 level, ran a super race and came to win her race in second, but had no answer to the acceleration shown by Alice Springs. Qemah did not have the best of routes and never seemed to travel at ease, but finished third, with Now Or Never fourth.

Alice Springs had shown an improved level of form when winning the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in early July, but had since run below par when beaten by Qemah in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville last month. This was clearly her best today and she was giving trainer Aidan O’Brien some compensation for a frustrating afternoon.