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Cotter believes plenty more to come from Matilda Picotte

Matilda Picotte, yellow capMatilda Picotte, yellow cap
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Matilda Picotte is set to reappear in the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday after a break since finishing fifth in the Saudi National Bank 1351 Turf Sprint at Riyadh in February.

Kieran Cotter's charge finished last season in electric form in landing a Group 3 at Doncaster and a Group 2 in Newmarket.

The trainer said: "She is on track for the Greenlands and I'm probably the only one who is hoping we get a bit of rain during the week.

"I think the ground will be decent enough and, all things being well, I think she will go there.

"She's also in a Group 2 in Chantilly the following weekend over five (furlongs) - ground conditions will dictate a lot.

"She had the February run in Saudi from a 14 draw around two bends and got taken on early, and only got beaten two lengths. It was still a tremendous run. It was a lot of travelling and it took a fair bit out of her.

"The plan all year was that we might go for the Prix Maurice de Gheest in Deauville in August.

"I think this could be her year, I think she really has come on physically and mentally and I'm very happy with where she is."

About Michael Graham
Michael has worked in horse racing journalism for more than 15 years, having also written a weekly betting column on Gaelic football and hurling for a newspaper. He is involved in writing the My Racing Story features on this website. He spent a year in South Africa completing a Diploma in Business Administration and also studied Newspaper Journalism in Belfast. He enjoys playing 5-a-side football on a regular basis.