It is a massive weekend of horse racing with the Sprint Cup at Haydock as well as the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh plus the Arc trials in Chantilly. Triple G has been burning the midnight oil and will be getting involved all over Europe at the weekend and you will read about all the bets here first.
Churchill is the star attraction in a 10-strong field declared for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday. This season's dual 2000 Guineas hero chased home Ulysses in the Juddmonte International at York but is a hot favourite to get back on the winning trail and provide Aidan O'Brien with an eighth success in this Group One event. The Ballydoyle handler also saddles Epsom Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher, who was fourth in the Juddmonte, and Secretariat Stakes second Taj Mahal.
The British challenge is headed by Martyn Meade's stable star Eminent, who e njoyed a confidence-boosting Group Two success at Deauville a few weeks ago and will be partnered by Frankie Dettori for the first time. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet's Word and Decorated Knight from Roger Charlton's stable also make the journey across the Irish Sea.
Dermot Weld saddles The Grey Gatsby, who won this
prize in 2014 when trained by Kevin Ryan, and Grade One-winning mare Zhukova. Jim
Bolger's Moonlight Magic and Ken Condon's stable stalwart Success Days complete