Grade One Goals for Irish Mission
Talented mare Irish Mission (5m Giant’s Causeway x Misty Mission, by Miswaki) scored her biggest win to date when taking out the $150,000 Grade III Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga on the weekend. Previously with Mark Frostad, Irish Mission was transferred earlier this year to Christophe Clement and has gradually worked her way back to top form with graded placings at her last couple of runs. Favoured to win this 1 and 3/8th mile test on turf, Irish Mission durged to the line to rell in the front runner and win by half a length going away. "I think she can do even better than that,” said Christophe Clement. “I'm delighted because the filly deserves to win. Mr. [Robert] Evans, as you know, has been a big supporter of the stable with Tonalist and I'm delighted for him. “She's the most beautiful mare to look at. She's obviously going to be a great broodmare prospect in the future.” Before she goes to stud, Irish Mission will be given a crack at Grade I company with races such as the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational on Sept. 27, the E.P. Taylor on Oct. 19 and Rodeo Drive on Sept. 27 all given consideration. A $375,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton August Select Sale, Irish Mission has won five races and placed eight times from 25 starts earning more than $1.1 million in prizemoney. Irish Mission is a half-sister to Grade III winner French Beret and is one of four winners from stakes-winner Misty Mission, a daughter of Canadian Grade I winner Hangin on a Star.