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Aidan to let Rip at Tattersalls

Following his Group One success at the Curragh on Sunday, Aidan O'Brien was responsible for exactly half of the 10 entries remaining in line for a crack at the Tattersalls Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

With his almost annual embarrassment of riches for one of the calendars most prestigious Flat races, Ballydoyle could be represented by any of the three predominant entries -- Rip Van Winkle, Fame And Glory or Cape Blanco -- while Black Quartz and Beethoven make up the quintet.

Dermot Weld's Famous Name is the only other Irish entry in the Group One field as Saeed Bin Suroor tries to win the race for the first time since 2002 with four-year-old Cavalryman, while Mark Johnston's Sea Lord and Aidan O'Brien's former inmate, Poet, could also contest.

However, the best chance from across the water seems to come from Henry Cecil, who is looking forward to saddle Twice Over in the 1m2f contest.

Twice Over carries the same colours as Famous Name and racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, Teddy Grinthorpe, explained the slightly surprising decision to send Twice Over to Leopardstown this weekend.

"They are both intended runners," he revealed yesterday. "Twice Over has come out of the race (Juddmonte International) at York really well and Henry's pleased with him."

Of Weld's charge, Grinthrope said: "Famous Name probably wants a bit of a cut in the ground if he can get it.

"He's been in good form and won all his three starts this year -- and he likes Leopardstown."

Bookmakers Ladbrokes make Rip Van Winkle the 11/8 favourite to frank his form in the race with Twice Over, who he closed down in the final furlong to beat in the dying strides at York.

The O'Brien-trained four-year-old, who skipped this race 12 months ago, came back to winning ways earlier this month and he is clear of Twice Over, who is a 5/2 chance.

While Ballydoyle running plans have yet to be finalised, it was interesting to see Ladbrokes price up the race without Fame And Glory in their market, who they clearly feel is going to run elsewhere before contesting his big autumn targets.

Irish Champion Stakes, Ladbrokes Bet: 11/8 Rip Van Winkle, 5/2 Twice Over, 4 Cape Blanco, 10 Cavalryman, 10 Sea Lord, 12 Famous Name, 14 Beethoven, 25 Poet, 66 Black Quartz