Trading Leather is on course for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown

Last Updated: 05/09/14 2:35pm

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Trading Leather is set for Leopardstown

Trading Leather is set for Leopardstown

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Trading Leather is on course for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.

The Jim Bolger-trained colt, who was third to The Fugue 12 months ago, has yet to get his head in front this season but has kept the best company.

He was third to Gospel Choir on his reappearance at Newmarket, before finding only Mukhadram too good in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

Last time out he was fifth in a high-class renewal of the King George at Ascot.

Bolger said: "Trading Leather is in good form and will take his chance in the race.

"Parish Hall is also in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes but he will run in one of the other big races over the weekend, possibly in the Group Two Clipper Boomerang Mile on the same afternoon."

The Godolphin-owned Trading Leather is a best-priced 14-1 for the Leopardstown showpiece on the opening afternoon of Irish Champions Weekend.

Bolger is set to run smart filly Lucida in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh 24 hours later.

Another to sport the blue of Godolphin, the daughter of Shamardal was denied by half a length to Raydara in the Debutante Stakes on what was just her second career outing.

Bolger said: "Lucida is our number one filly for that race. She is in terrific form and raring to go."

The Coolcullen trainer added that Hall Of Fame and Parish Boy were under consideration for the Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes, with the ground likely to be a deciding factor in plans.

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