Qemah and Jet Setting on course for Matron Stakes
The trainers of Group One winners Qemah and Jett Setting have confirmed that their fillies will both take their chances in what promises to be a strong renewal of the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown next month.
Qemah supplemented her Coronation Stakes success at Royal Ascot with victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville last time out.
Harry Herbert, racing manager for owner Al Shaqab Racing, reports a Group One hat-trick to be the next target on 10 September for Jean-Claude Rouget's star.
He said: "The Matron is still the plan.
"She's in good form and Ireland is very much the plan. I saw Jean-Claude last week and he was very pleased with her."
Jet Setting is to head straight for the race after Adrian Keatley decided to skip a possible engagement at Tipperary on Thursday.
The County Kildare handler decided to play safe and not declare the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine for the Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes after several of his string have shown signs of a virus.
Keatley reports Jet Setting not to be affected, but has decided to wait to run her on Irish Champions Weekend.
"We're going to go straight to the Matron with her," he said.
"There's no problem with her, but the last few runners I had – a couple last weekend and one the week before – came home showing little signs of a bit of a virus.
"We're doing tests at the moment and I want to make sure everything is right before I run any more horses.
"She's 100%. The Fairy Bridge wasn't in the long-term plans, but it was an early-closing entry so we had to enter.
"She's a very clear-winded filly and we won't have any issues going straight to the Matron."