Irish Champion stakes

Ryan Moore: “I Think We'll See A Better Version Of Luxembourg On Saturday”

Ryan Moore has admitted that G1 French Derby and G1 Coral-Eclipse winner Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}) sets the standard in the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown on Saturday but warned that Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) should not be underestimated in the feature race of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Luxembourg got his season off to a promising start when third in the G1 2000 Guineas, but suffered a setback in the build-up to the Derby. He won in workmanlike fashion on his return from a 105-day...

[ Read More ]
Onesto Set For Irish Champion S.

Fabrice Chappet is set to have his first runner in Ireland and will send the G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) to the G1 Royal Bahrain Irish Champion S. on Sept. 10. The first running of the race in 1976 was won by the Francois Boutin-trained Malacate, and the Irish Champion S. last went to a French runner when Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) won in 2016 en route to becoming European champion 3-year-old. Onesto, also three, landed the G2 Prix Greffulhe in May before running...

[ Read More ]
Bahrain Turf Club Announced as Irish Champion Stakes Sponsor

The Irish Champion S., one of the premier races in the European programme, will be sponsored by the Bahrain Turf Club after Horse Racing Ireland and Leopardstown brokered a deal for the Group 1.   The race was won by St Mark's Basilica (Fr) last season and by Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in 2020.  The Bahrain Turf Club have committed to sponsoring the €1,000,000 showpiece for the next six years to the delight of Leopardstown boss Tim Husbands. He said, "We are honoured to welcome such a prestigious and international brand,...

[ Read More ]
Dual-Purpose Stallion Prospect Golden Horn Sold To Stand At Overbury Stud 

Golden Horn (GB), the brilliant G1 Derby winner and European Horse of the Year in 2015, will take up stallion duties at Overbury Stud after being sold to new investors Dash Grange Stud from Darley and Anthony Oppenheimer. The move will see Golden Horn, who has already sired 13 individual winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland, marketed as a dual-purpose stallion. Golden Horn is best remembered for storming to Derby glory under Frankie Dettori in 2015. He won handsomely from subsequent Irish Derby hero Jack Hobbs (GB), who he...

[ Read More ]
Irish Champion S. Day To Be World Pool Event

Longines Irish Champion S. Day at Leopardstown on Sept. 11 will be a World Pool event, marking the first time Irish racing will participate in the World Pool. Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, which owns Tote Ireland, said, "Irish Champion S. Day at Leopardstown--day one of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend--is a showcase day in Irish racing, and Horse Racing Ireland welcomes its inclusion in World Pool. The addition of Irish Champion S. Day is a first for Irish racing and is both great news for Irish...

[ Read More ]
York On Top Of The World

York's G1 Juddmonte International S. didn't just provide the world's best 130-rated performance of 2020 for Ghaiyyath (Ire) but, with its stellar back-up cast of seven-time Group 1 winner Magical (Ire), the G1 St James's Palace S. winner Lord North (Ire) and 2000 Guineas hero Kameko, the race was also judged to be the Longines World's Best Horse Race last year on ratings. Along with announcing the World's Best Racehorse Rankings on Tuesday, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) also published the list of top 100 Group...

[ Read More ]
Ghaiyyath The Star On Super Saturday

There are few days in the European racing calendar as replete with top-class action as Saturday, with Doncaster's St Leger festival reaching its climax as the Irish Champions Weekend begins at Leopardstown. With the exception of Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), Godolphin's phenomenon of 2020 Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) has emerged to dominate the middle-distance division and he bids to extend that to Ireland as he takes in the G1 Irish Champion S. With Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in opposition, on paper his task involves a simple repeat of his G1...

[ Read More ]
Ghaiyyath Confirmed For Irish Champion

Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) will line up for Saturday's G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown after coming through a Thursday morning gallop in good order, according to trainer Charlie Appleby. This season's G1 Coronation Cup, G1 Coral-Eclipse S. and G1 Juddmonte International winner is the favourite for the 10-furlong contest and will face five rivals including Ballydoyle's Japan (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) as well as this season's G1 Prix Ganay victor Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}). "It was a routine piece of work to check his well-being,...

[ Read More ]

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.