Irish Champions Weekend Tips
Looking for tips during Irish Champions Weekend? Our expert tipsters will cover every race over the two days at Leopardstown, providing readers with their selections in huge races like the Matron Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes.
|2019 Irish Champion Stakes Ante-Post Tips||MADHMOON e/w||GET 8/1 HERE|
|2019 Irish St Leger Tips||CROSS COUNTER||GET 7/2 HERE|
2019 Irish Champion Stakes Tips
Aidan O’Brien clearly has a strong hand to play in this year’s Irish Champion Stakes. However, the chances of both running in the race seem quite slim. I’m hoping Japan will skip Leopardstown to prepare for the Arc, leaving Magical to head Ballydoyle’s squad. This would be, by some distance, the strongest field of challengers she has faced on Irish soil though, so I’d be keen to take Magical on and the one that stands out in opposition is MADHMOON (8/1 William Hill).After coming up just short in the Derby, this race would have been at the forefront of Kevin Prendergast’s thinking. The long-term weather forecast suggests the ground will come up favourably good and I feel Madhmoon still has untapped potential to fulfill over this ten-furlong trip. At 8/1, he’s the best ante-post bet in this year’s Irish Champion Stakes.
2019 Irish St Leger Tips
There’s a name closer to the head of the betting that simply cannot be overlooked and that’s reigning Melbourne Cup winner, CROSS COUNTER (7/2 Coral). After losing out to Stradivarius on both his starts this term, Charlie Appleby has decided to swerve another clash with the best stayer in the business and, away from John Gosden’s superstar, I fancy Cross Counter could be too strong for his rivals this weekend.
I’m hoping James Doyle will be able to replicate the nerveless ride he gave the ill-fated Sea Of Class in last year’s Irish Oaks, where he knew he was on the strongest stayer in the race and timed his late charge to absolute perfection.
Irish Champions Weekend Preview
While British fans are eagerly anticipating a fantastic afternoon of action on St Leger day at Doncaster, flat racing aficionados on the other side of the Irish Sea are in for a bumper couple of days on Irish Champions Weekend.
Capacity crowds are expected at Leopardstown on Saturday, and on the Sunday as the Curragh opens it’s gates. One Classic and five fantastic Group Ones will be up for grabs over the two days, along with a whole heap of other lucrative prize pots.
The highlight of the afternoon at Leopardstown on Saturday is the Irish Champion Stakes. Run over ten furlongs, many of Europe’s top horses have claimed victory in this Group One, with Dylan Thomas, Almanzor and Sea The Stars featuring on the illustrious roll of honour.
Before we get to the Champions Stakes, Leopardstown attendees will take in the Group One Matron Stakes, won last year by British fan’s favourite, Laurens. Surrounding the Group Ones there’s the Future Champions Stakes, the Boomerang Stakes and another Grouped contest run over a-mile-and-a-half.
Sunday’s card at the Curragh features four fantastic top level races, starting with the thrilling Flying Five Stakes sprint. Juvenilles will then get the chance to bolster their Guineas credentials, starting with the fillies in the Moyglare Stud Stakes, before the colts take to the track to contest the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.
The Group One action on Irish Champions Weekend is drawn to a close by the Irish version of the St Leger. Unlike the British St Leger, older horses are free to take on the three-year-olds in the Irish St Leger, a fact which has led to some truly memorable showdowns, with greats like Yeats, Order Of St George and four-time winner, Vinnie Roe shining bright on the famous trophy.
Irish Champions Weekend Schedule
Day One (Leopardstown) – Saturday 14th September
Day Two (Curragh) – Sunday 15th September
Located just south of Dublin City Centre, Leopardstown racecourse has been one of the most popular venues for fans of both jumps and flat racing to flock to since opening in 1988.
Many tremendous race meeting take place at Leopardstown throughout the year. Over jumps, the Christmas Festival and the newly formed Dublin Racing Festivals are amongst the most popular fixtures on the National Hunt racing calendar. Leopardstown also plays host to the first day of Irish Champions Weekend during September, staging two fantastic Group One races on the level.
Curragh racecourse, simple called The Curragh, is one of Ireland’s most historic racetracks. Opened in the mid 1800’s, the Irish Derby was first staged here in 1866 and the Curragh soon became home to all five of the Classic race on Irish soil.
The Curragh underwent a major redevelopment in 2017, with a new grandstand and other racecourse facilities opening in time for the 2019 flat racing campaign to begin.