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Deirdre created history when winning the Qatar Nassau Stakes under Oisin Murphy at Glorious Goodwood.
Her victory was the first by a Japanese-trained horse in the QIPCO British Champions Series and few saw it coming as she was returned at 20/1.
It was certainly no fluke, though, as she stayed on strongly to beat Mehdaayih in the £600,000 Group 1 feature.
Deirdre, a Group 1 winner in her native country, had previously finished sixth in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June with connections blaming the soft ground for her performance.
Her connections decided to remain in England, situated at Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Abington Place Stables in Newmarket with Deirdre coming to Goodwood for an away day last month to gain experience of the course.
Deirdre’s victory was the second time Japan have won a Group 1 contest in Britain following Agnes World’s win in the 2000 July Cup at Newmarket.
The mare is owned by Mr Toji Morita, who owns a family business in Osaka, Japan. His Racing Manager Seiko Hashida Yoshimura, who is also the daughter of the winning trainer Mitsuru Hashida, was thrilled by Deirdre’s success.
She said: “That was a special performance from Deirdre. It is fantastic to have a winner at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. This is very important not only for us, but also for the whole of Japan to come over to Britain and have a big-race winner.
“Today’s victory is important for Japan because it showed that it is not just possible to come here and compete, but that it is also possible to win. Hopefully, we can have a good influence on Japanese racing with this win.
“It was a very big challenge to come here. We have been in Britain for three months with Deirdre and we are so pleased that we kept believing in her. We had a lot of support and this has made this victory possible.
“We were just hoping for the best for her today. It was a gloriously sunny day at Glorious Goodwood and everything just fell right for her. Goodwood is a beautiful racecourse. It is very different to Japanese racecourses which are usually oval-shaped. We were sure that she would like this track and it worked out very well. The quicker ground was another important factor for her today and it is very special to win a Group 1 event in Britain.
“We could see at Royal Ascot that she was trying very hard. There was heavy rain there and that did not help her chances.
“A lot of credit has to go to Oisin Murphy. We did not give him any instructions and just decided to let him ride the horse in the way he felt right. He is a brilliant jockey.
“We have not yet decided if Deirdre will return to Japan or whether she will stay over here. We will make that decision in the coming days when we sit down and have a chat about what we should do next. She could possibly stay in Europe.
“Deirdre is a daughter of Harbinger [2010 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes winner] so that is one of the reasons we came over here. After Royal Ascot, we stayed in Newmarket, and thanks go to Jane Chapple-Hyam. We had very good surroundings and we trained very well coming here. Hopefully, everybody at home [in Japan] was watching.”
On her next start, Deirdre enhanced her reputation when a staying-on fourth to Magical in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Most agreed that with better luck in running she would have finished second to the top-class winner.
And she also ran well when a three-length third behind Magical and Addeybb in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, who were both much better suited by the soft underfoot conditions.
Hashida was proud of how Deirdre ran and said that his team have enjoyed the experience so much that she might stay in training next year, when he would relish a crack at Enable.
He said: “Our team have enjoyed it so much. Royal Ascot, Goodwood, Leopardstown, here, every race has been something special. We have unforgettable memories and it’s been a life-changing experience for everyone on the team. We all love British racing so much.
“We might think about Hong Kong now for Dierdre, as you can see today how fresh she is, and we will maybe extend our journey to next year, I’m not sure. Hopefully we will see you here again next year. We’ve never run against Enable, and if we could do that next year it would fulfil another dream.”
He added: “We can’t thank Deirdre enough. She’s an amazing horse and has opened the door to everyone in Japan.”
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