John Gosden aims for Matron redemption with Persuasive

Sun 3 Sep 2017

Persuasive will try to go one better than 12 months ago when she lines up for the Coolmore Stud Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The John Gosden-trained filly had to play second fiddle to Alice Springs in the Group One over a mile last September and was subsequently off the track until five weeks ago.

She shaped with great promise, despite having no luck in running, when only beaten a length and three-quarters in fifth place behind Roly Poly in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

"She's good and all being well she'll go to Ireland for the Matron Stakes," said Chris Richardson, managing director for owners Cheveley Park Stud.

"She was a bit unfortunate last time. She got caught in a sandwich at Deauville when the two groups came together and she never really got a run.

"Once she got clear she started to run on so we were encouraged by that.

"It's been one of those years for us so it would be nice if luck could turn for us."

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