Emulous in Matron supershow
Emulous took the step up to Group One company in her stride with a superb performance in the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
The Dermot Weld-trained 9-2 shot was settled at the rear of the field by Pat Smullen and still had all seven rivals in front of her rounding the turn for home.
But Smullen appeared to know he had plenty of horse underneath him and once he pushed the button, his mount quickly found top gear and swept down the outside to defeat Together by three lengths, with Misty For Me in third.
It was a third successive victory for Emulous following a pair of Group Three triumphs at the Curragh and Fairyhouse.
Four-time Group One scorer Misty For Me was sent off the 6-4 favourite and while Aidan O'Brien's filly did little wrong, having been ridden positively, she was left in the winner's wake once the pace quickened. Her stablemate Together attacked from the rear and put up a big show.
Weld said: "It's lovely to train a Group One winner for Prince Khalid (Abdullah) and she has been very consistent. We've picked her races for her and she's won three Group Threes for us. I always thought she was capable of winning a Group One.
"She's progressive and a very talented filly and we'll probably look at the Sun Chariot at Newmarket for her. We trained her for today and it's paid dividends."
Smullen added: "I always felt she was of that level, but that was a very hot race. It worked out beautifully for her in that they went enough pace that I could come from behind like I did with one run. She picked up very very well. She's a very good filly and she could have a good back-end."
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Prince Khalid, said: "She travelled very well in behind and she picked them up almost for fun. She was in good shape for today - in a good frame of mind. She'll go for the Sun Chariot at Newmarket now."