By Duane Fonseca
Iridessa returned to Group One-winning form with a hard fought success in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Trained by Joseph O'Brien, Iridessa was seventh in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh two months back, but she proved too strong for Aidan O'Brien's dual Guineas heroine Hermosa, who finished second three fourths of a length behind. A close third by a head was Aidan O'Brien's Just Wonderful.
Hermosa took the lead two furlongs out, but Wayne Lordan wasn't going to settle for second and got Iridessa to surge forward late but just in time for victory
Joseph O'Brien said: "It's fantastic. The filly was very tough and Wayne gave her a great ride. We're over the moon.
"We were toying around with different trips, we weren't sure what her trip was. She ran OK over a mile earlier in the year, we went 10 furlongs and she won.
"She ran well in the Oaks, but it was a very messy race, they went very slow and sprinted up the straight so we put a line through that.
"She's a great filly, she seems to enjoy it when there is a bit of pace on in front of her and she has something to run at. I'm delighted for the owners.
"It's very important to get these Group Ones and this filly has been a real flag-bearer for us this year."