irish champion stakes

Magical Earns Repeat Trip To Breeders’ Cup Turf In Irish Champion Stakes

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s 4-year-old filly Magical (IRE) took command two furlongs out and defeated stablemates Magic Wand (IRE) and Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) for a 2 ¼-length victory under jockey Ryan Moore in Saturday’s $1.441 million, 1 ¼-mile QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (G1) at Leopardstown. Magical’s victory earned her an […]

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Churchill Headlines Field Of 10 For Qipco Irish Champion Stakes

Churchill is the star attraction in a 10-strong field declared for the G1 Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday. The winner will gain an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf, since the race is part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ series sponsored by the Breeders’ Cup. This season’s dual 2000 […]

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Churchill ‘Never A Horse To Wilt,’ Points to Irish Champion Stakes

Churchill could have his next start in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 9, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf. The dual 2000 Guineas winner, who was forced to miss the Sussex Stakes following a downpour at Glorious Goodwood, ran with credit at York when finding […]

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Champion Almanzor Officially Retired To Stud Following Lackluster 4-Year-Old Debut

The 2016 Cartier 3-year-old champion Almanzor has officially been retired from racing, confirmed on Sunday. The son of Wootton Bassett had his 2017 debut delayed by an EHV-1 outbreak in trainer Jean-Claude Rouget’s yard, and only beat one horse home in his first start as a 4-year-old in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron. “After consultations with Jean-Claude […]

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Ireland, Japan Partner On ‘Win & You’re In’ For Irish Champion Stakes

The Japan Racing Association (JRA) and Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) have announced that the 10 furlong, Group 1 Osaka Hai on Sunday, April 2 at Hanshin Racecourse has been nominated as a ‘Win and You’re in’ race for the 2017 renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. This is the first time that a winner from […]

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Injured Heffernan Continues To Recover, Will Return To Saddle Sept. 25

Jockey Seamie Heffernan, who fell when riding Idaho in the Group 1 Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes last Saturday, plans to return to the saddle Sept. 25. The Racing Post reports that Heffernan suffered a concussion as a result of the spill, and was stood down for seven days. The Irishman has decided to take an additional seven days […]

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Almanzor Outfinishes Found In Thrilling QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes

Almanzor displayed an impressive turn of foot when he charged from last to win the Group 1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown Sept. 10. Settled at the rear of the field through the early stages of the race by jockey Christophe Soumillon, the 3-year-old son of Wootton Bassett was switched to the outside for […]

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Classic Winners Harzand, Minding Among Nine G1 Winners Set For Irish Champion Stakes

A stellar field of 13 contestants, led by classic winners Harzand and Minding are set to line up in the Group 1 Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown Saturday. At stake is an automatic berth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf, since the race is part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ series sponsored by […]

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Minding Could Take On The Boys In G1 Irish Champion Stakes

Six-time Group 1 winner Minding could face colts for the first time in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes Sept. 10. According to a report by Course-Specialist, the 3-year-old daughter of Galileo has an entry in both the Irish Champion and the Group 1 Coolmore Matron Stakes on the same card. Trainer Aidan O’Brien indicated that there’s […]

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