QIPCO IRISH CHAMPION STAKES
Leopardstown, Turf, 2012m
13 September 2014
Australia (GB) (Galileo) will face four Group 1 winners in today’s G1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, the showpiece feature of the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend, with connections in a confident mood.
Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Teo Ah Khing’s G1 English and Irish Derby and G1 Juddmonte International hero will be long odds-on despite the presence of the G1 Eclipse Stakes hero Mukhadram (GB) (Shamardal), G1 Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby (Ire) (Mastercraftsman) and last year’s G1 Irish Derby scorer Trading Leather (Ire) (Teofilo), as well as the triple top-level winner Al Kazeem (GB) (Dubawi).
“You have to beat the best to be the best and the more of them turn up the better,” Joseph O’Brien commented. “It’s a competitive race and very exciting - I might never get to ride another horse like him. He’s done nothing wrong all season and seems to have come on from York. I’ve ridden him a couple of times at home since and he feels brilliant. All being well, he should take the beating. This weekend is a great initiative, so hopefully the crowds will give it the support it needs.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News/Sporting Life (p)