Monday 18 February 2019

British raiders for Champion Stakes

William Buick on Masar. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire
William Buick on Masar. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Cracksman, Enable and Masar are all among 56 entries for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 15.

The John Gosden-trained Cracksman was the highest-rated horse in Europe last season and has won twice at Group One level so far this season, including a last-gasp success in last Friday's Coronation Cup at Epsom. His Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning stablemate Enable has not been seen in competitive action so far in 2018 after suffering a setback, but is expected to return in August.

Masar provided trainer Charlie Appleby with a first Classic success when claiming Saturday's Investec Derby and he would be a fascinating contender if making the trip across the Irish Sea in the autumn. Sunday's French Derby hero Study of Man has also been given the option by Pascal Bary and could bid to become the third horse in the last five years to win both the Prix du Jockey Club and the Irish Champion Stakes after The Grey Gatsby (2014) and Almanzor (2016).

Aidan O'Brien has a typically strong team including 2000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior, the highly-regarded Amedeo Modigliani and Group One-winning fillies Hydrangea and Rhododendron.

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