Four Must Back Favs At Irish Champions Weekend

Point Lonsdale can reward favourite backers at the 2021 Irish Champions Weekend.Point Lonsdale can reward favourite backers at the 2021 Irish Champions Weekend.

Four must back favourites at Irish Champions Weekend

Irish Champions Weekend is contested this Saturday and Sunday, with the action spread across separate cards at Leopardstown and the Curragh. Looking ahead to this, here at Racing Tips, we have identified four favourites that must be backed at the upcoming Irish Champions Weekend.


LULLABY – (Ingabelle Stakes, 12:40 Leopardstown, Saturday)

This looks like a good opportunity for LULLABY to get off the mark at the second time of asking.

She was thrown in at the deep end when contesting a Group 3 on debut last month and acquitted herself creditably in finishing a close-up fourth.

She travelled notably well throughout that race, suggesting that the fancy entries held in the likes of the Rockfel Stakes and Fillies’ Mile were not pie in the sky, and on the back of that showing today’s drop back to seven furlongs shouldn’t inconvenience either.

Her powerful yard has sent out the last two winners of this contest, and Lullaby can be expected to go off at prohibitive odds to enhance that record if taking up her entry in the Champions Weekend curtain-raiser.


EARLSWOOD – (Paddy Power Stakes, 3:15 Leopardstown, Saturday)

Johnny Murtagh sent out Champers Elysees to win on this card last year, and EARLSWOOD can ensure that the 2021 Irish Champions Weekend is another memorable one for the yard.

This colt failed to get off the mark in three starts for his previous yard, but he is 3-5 since joining Murtagh – his latest victory coming in the Group 3 Royal Whip at the Curragh.

Earlswood may well have finished closer in the Irish Derby had he not suffered trouble in running, and it is worth noting that that race has proven an excellent guide for identifying winners of this contest in recent years.

Tiger Moth backed up a second in the Irish Derby when landing this race last year, following on from Norway – who was third in the Irish Derby before taking this – and Rostropovich, who was second in the Derby before landing the 2018 renewal of the Paddy Power Stakes.


LA PETITE COCO – (Blandford Stakes, 2:20 Curragh, Sunday)

The Blandford Stakes is a race that Aidan O’Brien has failed to win since 2012, and that drought is backed to continue courtesy of LA PETITE COCO.

This filly has improved out of all recognition since joining her current connections, looking a future Group 1 operator when scoring in effortless fashion at Cork last month –  a performance that wasn’t unexpected according to her connections post-race comments.

She should have no issues with dropping back to this trip and receives a decent chunk of weight from main market rivals Thundering Nights, Love and Cayenne Pepper.


POINT LONSDALE – (National Stakes, 4:05 Curragh, Sunday)

POINT LONSDALE has looked a colt of some potential ever since landing a maiden here on debut, and performances since have done little to disprove that theory.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge may have obliged at odds of 1/8 and 1/6 the last twice, but those victories came in historically informative contests, and the performances mark him down as a Group 1 winner in waiting.

He has laughed at the best two-year-olds on a domestic level and now can prove to the British challengers that he is the best juvenile of his generation.