Horse by Horse guide to the Red mills Irish champion stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
He has been a revelation this season for Roger Charlton and jockey James Doyle clocking up 5 wins, three of them in Group 1s including the Prince of Wales at Ascot, the Tattersalls gold cup at the Curragh, and the Coral eclipse at Sandown. He was beaten by Declaration Of War last time out in the Juddmonte International at York but will be very hard to beat if the ground on the slow side. Connections will be praying for rain for one of the stars of the season so far.
The more he runs the better he seems to get as he has been very busy all summer.He won last time at York which was his 4th run in Group 1 in less than 6 weeks. It shows how tough he is as before the last day in York people were writing him off as a nearly horse. He beat Al Kazeem and some other top class performers well in York and there was certainly no fluke about his win. All ground conditions seem the same for him and is a leading contender for the home team.
He looks like he in there to make pace for Jim Bolger’s other runner Trading Leather. He is sure to give Ronan Whelan a good spin but should not be good enough to trouble some of the favourites here in this top class renewal of the Champion stakes.
The outsider of the party and will give connections a good day out. She is out of her depth here but did win a muddling Group 3 this year at Naas, so whatever she achieves after that was always going to be a bonus this season.
Dermot weld’s filly has only run two times this season and looks nothing like the filly she was last year. She was high class last year winning the Group 2 Ribbelsdale at Royal Ascot and finishing 3rd in the Irish oaks. If she could recapture that form she may be a lively outsider, and like Al Kazeem she would need a bit of dig underfoot to be at her best.
One of the most talented fillies in training who loves fast ground. She was back to her very best when hacking up in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York. The way she travelled throughout the race was fantastic that day, and if the ground stays on the quick side she will be a threat to all the boys.
This horse makes his eagerly awaited first appearance as a 3 year old. He won the racing post trophy last autumn in impressive fashion and has not been seen since. He is a horse of high class but may need the match practise tomorrow against a field a proven Group 1 performers. The horse will improve on what he does tomorrow and if he can be kept sound is a horse for the future.
The Irish Derby winner has steadily improved as the season has gone on. After he won the derby at the Curragh he chased home one of the arc favourites Novellist in a Group 1 at Ascot. He then finished a close second behind Declaration of War in the Juddmonte last time at York where he made his own running that day, and was always a sitting duck for something coming from behind. He has his own pacemaker today and loves the track and is a horse that must go close for the Bolger team.
1st Declaration of war
2nd Al Kazeem
3rd Trading Leather.
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