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O'Brien mob-handed in Matron Stakes

AIDAN O'BRIEN appears to have a strong hand in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes with four of the 12 acceptors hailing from Ballydoyle.

Halfway To Heaven heads the team following victories in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Nassau Stakes, last season's top-class juveniles Listen and You'resothrilling make their seasonal debuts, while the quartet is completed by Psalm.

Nassau runner-up and subsequent Yorkshire Oaks scorer Lush Lashes lines up for Jim Bolger, while Falmouth Stakes heroine Nahoodh takes her chance for Mark Johnston.

Also making the journey from Britain are Gerard Butler's Baharah and James Given's Lady Gloria, while the line-up is completed by Cheyenne Star, Dimenticata, Mooretown Lady and Carribean Sunset.            

Trainer Frances Crowley is expecting a bold show from Cheyenne Star as long as there is not too much rain.

"She's in great form. We're just keeping an eye on the weather and hoping all the rain which is forecast doesn't come," said trainer.

"The ground is nice up there at the moment so we are just hoping. There's a lot of rain forecast for tomorrow evening into Saturday.

"I think she's going to run really well. Obviously it's a big step up in class but we're looking forward to it."


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