Iridessa (IRE)

Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf Division

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    Joseph O'Brien
  • Owner
    Mrs. C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez
  • Breeder
    Whisperview Trading Ltd
  • Sire
    Ruler of The World (IRE)
  • Dam
    Senta's Dream (GB)

Trained by Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey Joseph O’Brien and owned Mrs. Chantal Consuelo Regalado-Gonzalez, Iridessa has proven repeatedly over the last 12 months that she is a top-class filly. Winner of the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile to cap her juvenile season, she shook off a slow start to her 3-year-old year—including an eighth in the Group 1 1000 Guineas and fourth in its Irish equivalent—with a powerful win in the Pretty Polly Stakes in her first trip beyond a mile. Bounding clear of Magic Wand in the 10-furlong affair, she established herself as a Breeders’ Cup filly to watch.

After failing to stretch out even farther in the 12-furlong Irish Oaks (G1), when seventh to Star Catcher, she returned to the winner’s enclosure in the one-mile Matron Stakes (G1) at The Curragh before finishing a good third last out over the same trip in Newmarket’s Sun Chariot (G1). At Santa Anita, she will attempt to emulate her grandmother Starine by winning the Filly & Mare Turf. Starine, who won in 2002 at Arlington, only had two foals before dying in 2005 and Iridessa’s mother, Senta’s Dream (by Danehill), was her first.

O’Brien, the son of phenomenal conditioner Aidan, has already made his mark as a dual-purpose trainer in just over three years of being on his own. At just 26, he already has a winner of the Melbourne Cup (G1) in Rekindling and Irish Derby (G1) with Latrobe. He has had two starters in the Breeders’ Cup, including Regalado-Gonzalez’s lone starter, Group 1 winner Intricately, who was 11th in the 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). In 2017, pupil Now You’re Talking was eighth in the same race. As a jockey he rode in five Breeders’ Cups with a smart record of four top-four finishes, including a win and third on St Nicholas Abbey in the 2011 and 2012 Turf (G1), a third on Declaration of War in the 2013 Classic (G1) and a fourth with Excelebration in the 2012 Mile (G1).

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S. presented by Racing TV
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

October 05, 2019Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot S.NEWMARKET13
September 14, 2019Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron S.LEOPARDSTOWN11
July 20, 2019Kerrygold Irish OaksCURRAGH17
June 28, 2019Juddmonte Pretty Polly S.CURRAGH11
May 26, 2019Tattersalls Irish One Thousand GuineasCURRAGH14
May 05, 2019QIPCO One Thousand GuineasNEWMARKET18
April 06, 2019Ballylinch Stud Priory Belle One Thousand Guineas TrialLEOPARDSTOWN33
October 12, 2018Bet365 Fillies MileNEWMARKET11
September 15, 2018Ballylinch Stud Irish E.B.F. Ingabelle S.LEOPARDSTOWN 3
August 26, 2018Debutante S.CURRAGH25
July 17, 2018Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Median Auction (Plus 10)KILLARNEY 1

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