of course Longines Irish Champions Weekend out in the emerald isle this weekend
with a number of big names due to strut their stuff at Leopardstown on Saturday
and the Curragh on Sunday.
There is naturally a plethora of entries from the Coolmore operation. At the time of writing Churchill is a warm order at 10-11 for the Group One Irish Champion Stakes on the Saturday and Winter equally short at Evens of the Group One Matorn Stakes. The boys from Ballydoyle have another couple of short priced ones in the shape of Order Of St George at 8-11 for the Group one Irish St Leger and Gustav Klimt at 1-3 for the Group One National at the Curragh on the Sunday. Caravaggio is as short as 6-4 for the Group Two Flying Five on the Sunday but is also entered in the G.1 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock on Saturday and that looks his likely destination.
I won’t be punting just yet as plans can change quickly and the weather looks to be wet from Thursday through the weekend out in Ireland and the two courses are of course only thirty-five odd miles apart and a big storm can change things dramatically.