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Emiyna to take blinkered view at Matron

JOHN Oxx hopes Emiyna is returning to her best form ahead of her run in Saturday's Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

A comeback victory at Dundalk was followed by Group Three success at the Curragh and as a result, she was among the leading fancies for the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Although disappointing in the Classic, she was subsequently found to have suffered an injury and spent three months out of action prior to a recent second in the Desmond Stakes.

Oxx feels his filly will have improved significantly for that run fitness-wise, but acknowledges she has plenty on her plate this weekend.

“It's a hot race, but we're happy with her and she'll take her chance,” said Oxx.

“We were a bit disappointed at the Curragh last time as we hoped she'd be able to win, but she had a setback in the Guineas and she might just have needed the run on the day.

“We'll give her the benefit of the doubt anyway and she'll wear blinkers for the first time on Saturday.


“Because of the little problem she had we struggled to get her back to the form she showed in the spring but if she can get back to that sort of form, she should run well.”

Oxx also revealed that Born To Sea could make his highly anticipated racecourse debut for the trainer within the next couple of weeks.

The two-year-old son of Invincible Spirit is a half-brother to wonder horse Sea The Stars, retired after a 2009 campaign that yielded six Group One victories, including the 2000 Guineas, the Derby and the Arc.

“He is coming along nicely and hopefully he's not too far away from a run. He might be out in the first couple of weeks of September,” said Oxx.

“He was originally due to run on Oaks day at the Curragh, but he picked up a bit of sore shins and that has just held us up a bit.

“I'm not sure where he'll run yet, I haven't identified a race.

“He's a promising horse but there is still a long way to go.”