18:35 Leopardstown Sat 15 September 2018

  • QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Class 1)
  • 1m 2f, Good to Firm
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner€712,500.002nd€237,500.003rd€112,501.004th€50,000.005th€25,000.006th€12,500.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:2m 7.21sOff time:18:38:13
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2
(5)
59-7OR: 109CD
40/1

Losing run mounting up and while only narrowly denied in Group 3 company at the Curragh last time, he usually finds a couple too good at this level. Down the order on jockey bookings.

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3
(3)
49-4OR: 117BFD
14/1

Stayed on gamely to win the Lockinge earlier in the season but has been well below that level since. Yard form a feasible excuse for those efforts and may do better here after a short break. Wears first-time blinkers.

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4
(8)
39-1OR: 126D
8/11

Has gone from strength to strength this season. Ran with credit in the Derby when third and probably didn't quite see out the trip. Got the better of Saxon Warrior in the Eclipse before a career best in the Juddmonte last time out. Hard to beat.

5
(2)
39-1OR: 120
5/2

Mightily impressive winner of the Guineas but failed to justify favouritism in the Derby and could only finish runner-up to Roaring Lion in the Eclipse. Behind that rival again in the Juddmonte but yard in better form now and better expected.

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6
(7)
39-1OR: 115D
8/1

Followed up a Group 2 success with an impressive win in the French Derby. Had excuses at Deauville last time when positioned too far off the pace and not without a chance here with more progress entirely possible.

7
(4)
39-1OR: 115BF
25/1

Impressive winner of a Curragh Group 1 as a juvenile. Disappointed when favourite on only start this season in Group 3 company and he would need to come on from that markedly to have any say here.

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8
(6)
Athenah135
38-12OR: 113D
40/1

Impressive when winning the Belmont Oaks (Grade 1) and was very strong in the finish that day. Didn't settle as well at Arlington in her follow up bid. First-time hood could help and may be capable of running in to a place if the rain stays away.

Non-Runners

1
(1)
Addeybb119
49-7OR: 117
T: W J HaggasJ: James Doyle

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
10Decorated Knight59-725/1Full Result
T: R CharltonJ: Andrea Atzeni

Betting

Forecast

Roaring Lion (8/11), Saxon Warrior (5/2), Study Of Man (8/1), Rhododendron (14/1), Addeybb (16/1), Verbal Dexterity (25/1), Deauville (40/1), Athena (40/1)

Verdict

A strong renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes and it's hard to look past ROARING LION in his bid for a third straight Group 1 success. The colt gives the impression he's still improving and with conditions in his favour (provided there's no rain), he's expected to be hard to beat. Study Of Man is a fascinating French raider who had excuses when only third in a Group 2 last time. Belmont Oaks winner, Athena may represent some each-way value and first time headgear could eke out some improvement.
  1. Roaring Lion
  2. Study Of Man
  3. Athena

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