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Leopardstown

  • 18:45 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Group 1) €750,000 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €434,500 2nd €142,000 3rd €67,000 4th €22,001
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 4.20s
  • Off time: 18:45:13

Full result

18:45 Leopardstown Result 3rd September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) So You Think (NZ) 9-7 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 5 1/4f
Chased leader in moderate 2nd, improved to lead 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, maintained lead and kept on well from 1 1/2f out opened 1/4 touched 1/4
2nd (1) ½ Snow Fairy (IRE) 9-4 L Dettori E A L Dunlop 4 6/1
Chased leaders in 3rd, went 2nd and ridden 2f out, soon strongly pressed winner, kept on well from 1 1/2f out without reaching winner opened 6/1 touched 6/1
3rd (4) 6 Famous Name 9-7 P J Smullen D K Weld 6 14/1
Chased leaders in 4th, ridden entering straight, went moderate 3rd 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong opened 14/1 touched 14/1
4th (2) 4 Dunboyne Express (IRE) 9-0 D P McDonogh K Prendergast 3 50/1
Held up in 5th, ridden and no impression from 3f out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
5th (5) Roderic O'Connor (IRE) 9-0 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 3 20/1
Led at fast pace and soon clear, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th (6) 17 Recital (FR) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 14/1
Held up in last and pulled hard, ridden and no impression from 3f out, eased final furlong opened 16/1 touched 16/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.10 Tote Place: £1.02,2.00
Straight Forecast: £2.49 Exacta: £2.60

Placepot: €134.00, Pool: €0.0

Verdict

A real tussle between two Group One horses, with SO YOU THINK winning his third European top level race by half a length. The giant son of High Chaparral got the perfect tow through the race from stablemate Roderic O'Connor and was able to loom up to his quarters turning in. He then devoured the ground to move into the lead, but found that he had a persistent tail as Snow Fairy followed him through. As the pair settled down to fight out the final two furlongs, it fleetingly looked as if the filly may have his measure, but he found more reserves when challenged. It was almost as if he was waiting for her to challenge, as whilst watching you got the impression that he was always in command, and although she was never closer than at the line, she was ultimately comfortably held. The various options for the winner have been discussed time after time, but the most logical routes are in Europe, for the Champion Stakes or the Arc, rather than the Cox Plate in Australia. He is proven "Down Under", and it is only through a big field victory at Ascot or Longchamp that his breeding appeal would increase. The runner-up ran a seasonal best, and certainly gave backers of the 1-4 favourite a scare or two. She will have appreciated the solid pace set by Roderic O'Connor, but she is a real 12 furlong filly so she was unsurprisingly doing her best work late in the day. She is likely to head off on her travels again, with Hong Kong and Singapore on the agenda, and granted her desired quick ground she should be a formidable rival for any challenger. There was a yawning gap back to Famous Name in third. He tried to live with the big guns turning in but was brushed aside and has once again come up short at this level. He's an admirable horse, but one cannot really see how he can gain a sought-after Group One win if Aidan O'Brien has runners in the race. Dunboyne Express ran ok in fourth, certainly better than in France last time, but he hasn't really gone on from his reappearance win. The disappointment of the race was Recital. He was quickly into stride but seemed to resent being taken back through the field. As a result he pulled far too hard, wore himself into the ground, and trailed in last. There seems little point in fighting a horse to such an extent and surely more would have been achieved had the jockey allowed him to stride on. This was his first run back since running a fair race in the Derby so he was far from tuned up, but this was a real waste of time and he might as well have done a piece of work at home. Roderic O'Connor, the Irish 2000 Guineas winner, is far too good to be acting as merely a pacemaker for his stablemates. Accordingly his future may lie at the sales rather than in the paddocks, as he is not likely to be the most attractive of stallions if he is to follow this role for the rest of the year.