Create Belief wins the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown
Hugely impressive winner of the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown
Create Belief was drawn on the wide outside which meant she was pitched wide for the early stages of the race. She travelled supremely well and quickened clear, she idled towards the finish line once she thought she had done enough. Going into the race Johnny Murtagh was very confident of a big showing and she duly obliged. She was back on quicker ground yesterday which was a possible question mark but she handled it well.
Soft ground seems ideal for Create Belief
She obviously handles very soft ground extremely well but it was reassuring that she does not require just heavy ground. Johnny Murtagh said "We thought she had come out of Royal Ascot really well. This was a big step up and we wanted to see if she can run to a rating of 110.
There wasn't much pace in the race but Shane Kelly said he rode her like the best filly in the race. He said she quickened up and put the race to bed nicely. She idles a little bit and thinks she's done enough in front. She's in the Group 1 Matron Stakes on 11th September and that would look the obvious next step for her.
People were talking about that good to yielding ground but if she couldn't go on that then we were in trouble. It was beautiful ground on the slow side of good. As we know she does handle extreme ground well but Shane said she handled that nicer ground very well."
Watch the full Desmond Stakes race replay here
Well done to all members, she really is a horse of a lifetime.