Irish Champion for Amralah

  • Last Updated: August 17 2014, 12:22 BST

Amralah has been given the green light to test his mettle at the highest level in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 13.

Amralah is set to dip his toe in Group One waters
Amralah is set to dip his toe in Group One waters

Mick Channon's four-year-old has taken his career to new heights in his last two races, winning a Newbury Listed race and the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

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Options elsewhere were being considered, but connections hope he will run another solid race in Ireland.

"We're going to go to the Irish Champion with him," said Ted Voute, owner Prince Faisal's racing manager.

"They've done a great job of marketing it to us, anyway. Initially we were going to take Ocovango, but then Amralah came along.

"He's been a bit maligned for some reason, but he keeps progressing. Let's hope if he wins again he might finally get some credit, because we think it's due.

"He'll go straight there now. We'd toyed with going to Baden-Baden, but we want to find out how good he is. After that he has the option of the Prix Dollar and I wouldn't mind a trip to Hong Kong in the winter!

"He's had a few jockeys on him, but Joe (Fanning) was certainly the most positive and he seemed to respond to that. The Prince will have the final say.

"When Mick and I were stuck in the services listening to the race Mick did mention the Juddmonte as he felt we should strike while the iron was hot, but when we realised there was only 11 days between them we soon reconsidered."