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Deirdre created history when winning the Qatar Nassau Stakes under Oisin Murphy at Glorious Goodwood in 2019.
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.
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.