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Know It All

Champers Elysees put up a scintillating performance to win the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, but it may be that the performance that her stable companion Know It All put up in finishing fourth has gone a little under the radar as a consequence.

Sent forward early from her wide draw by Cieren Fallon, Johnny Murtagh’s filly was quickly into a nice racing rhythm just behind the early leader Love Locket. She travelled well into the home straight, and she picked up nicely to hit the front on the run to the furlong pole. She was quickly challenged by Peaceful, and she was relegated to third when Peaceful and Champers Elysees got into full flight, and she just ceded third place close home to Fancy Blue who, like Champers Elysees, was held up early on, but she did well to keep on as well as she did, given that she chased the pace from flagfall.

An impressive winner of the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Fillies’ Stakes over Saturday’s course and distance in July, the Qatar Racing filly proved that she belonged in Group 1 company when she finished a close-up third behind last year’s Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville early last month. She gets a mile all right but, a half-sister to Flying Five winner Astrophysical Jet, it may be that a slightly easier test would suit her even better, an easier mile or a stiff seven furlongs. She remains an exciting filly.

Leopardstown, 12th September 2020

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