• 18:50 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes 1m 2f

  • Winner €434,500 2nd €142,000 3rd €67,001 4th €22,000
  • Going: Good, Good to Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 5.22s
  • Off time: 18:50:29
18:50 Leopardstown Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Fugue 4/1
2nd Al Kazeem 9/10


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 1-11113 Royal blue & white diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue armlet, royal blue & white quartered cap Al Kazeem 17
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 9-7 R Charlton James Doyle 124 9/101.90
3 (2) 2821/13 yellow, purple panel, checked cap Parish Hall (IRE) 124
Course WinnerDistance Winner
4 9-7 J S Bolger R P Whelan 110 33/134.00
4 (6) 1-25310 PINK & GREY DIAMONDS, pink sleeves & cap Euphrasia (IRE) 32
Distance Winner
4 9-4 J G Murphy G F Carroll 104 100/1101.00
6 (8) 123-371 Pink, grey sash, pink cap The Fugue 16
Distance Winner
4 9-4 J H M Gosden W Buick 120 4/15.00
7 (1) 11- Dark Blue Kingsbarns (IRE) 315
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 116 4/15.00
8 (4) 231122 WHITE, purple panel, check cap Trading Leather (IRE) 17
Distance Winner
3 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 120 5/16.00
Non runners
2 (7)512341Declaration Of War (USA)49-7A P O'BrienJ P O'Brien123
5 (5)1370-37Princess Highway (USA)49-4D K WeldP J Smullen110


Unlike the earlier fillies race, this is a genuine Group 1 with the Juddmonte 1-2-3 in opposition again. DECLARATION OF WAR came out on top on the Knavesmire in a race marred by the poor performance of Toronado. The winner scored strictly on merit and, unless the rain arrives and the going is on the easy side, he should have no problems confirming the form with Al Kazeem, who appears to be better on that sort of ground. Trading Leather continues to run superbly and though the Irish Derby winner would do better over another furlong he'll be battling on and won't go down without a fight. The Fugue bounced back to her brilliant best in the Yorkshire Oaks but had been twice beaten by Al Kazeem over this trip earlier. Kingsbarns is the intriguing one in the line-up though both victories last season were gained on soft ground.