News stories which have appeared on the website are available free of charge but stories which have appeared in the newspaper are only available when you join Members' Club. *NOTE: The archive runs from January 1, 2006 to present

Sabana Perdida unlikely to run in Matron

ALAIN DE ROYER-DUPRE has admitted his contender Sabana Perdidais an unlikely runner in the Group 1 Matron Stakes due to the likelysoft ground.

"I don't think Sabana Perdida will run at this moment as the ground is too soft," said the trainer.

"The ground is very important to her as every time she runs on ground witha little bit of cut, she is finished."

Pat Flynn will decide later in the week whether to let She's Our Mark take on the big boys in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday or run her in the Matron Stakes instead.

Although without a victory this season, the filly has run a number of fine races in defeat, finishing second in a hot handicap at Galway before chasing home the smart Katiyra in a Listed event last time.

As well as the feature event, she also holds an entry in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes on the same card, and Flynn is likely to decide on Thursday which race she will line up in.

"She is very well in herself and I would say the Matron may be the favourite at this stage," said the trainer.

"Having said that, there may only be seven or eight runners in the big race so we will have a look at that as well and make a decision on Thursday.                  

"She ran very well behind Katiyra last time and seems to have been holding her form all year which is good.

"She is a nice filly and we will just weigh things up and take it from there."

Leopardstown general manager Tom Burke does not anticipate conditions being too testing on Saturday, with only light showers forecast for the rest of the week.

"The ground is currently good, good to yielding in places and we are forecast some showers today and tomorrow," said Burke.

"We then expect it to be largely dry on Thursday and Friday with some rain possibly coming in Friday night into Saturday morning.

"That rain is goingto be coming right across the country but we're hearing it may miss Dublin so we will have to see.

"I don't think it should be very soft ground on Saturday."

News Archive