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  • 17:45 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 €22,000
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 0.92s
  • Off time: 17:45:34

Full result

17:45 Leopardstown Result 8th September 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Snow Fairy (IRE) 9-4 L Dettori E A L Dunlop 5 15/8
Settled in 4th well off pace, closer over 3f out and smooth headway early straight, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong opened 15/8 touched 2/1
2nd (1) Nathaniel (IRE) 9-7 W Buick J H M Gosden 4 13/8f
Raced in 2nd well off pacemaker, closed approaching straight and led 2f out, ridden and tried to assert, headed 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure but no impression on winner opened 7/4 touched 7/4
3rd (4) ¾ St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 9-7 J P O'Brien A P O'Brien 5 3/1
Settled towards rear well off pace, closer entering straight and pushed along, ridden to go 3rd over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not reach first 2 opened 3/1 touched 3/1
4th (2) Light Heavy (IRE) 9-0 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 25/1
Chased pacemaker in moderate 3rd, closer and ridden approaching straight, no extra in 4th from over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
5th (5) Born To Sea (IRE) 9-0 Johnny Murtagh J M Oxx 3 12/1
Settled in rear well off pace, closer approaching straight but never a factor, kept on one pace opened 12/1 touched 12/1
6th (6) 13 Daddy Long Legs (USA) 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 20/1
Led and soon clear, reduced advantage approaching straight and headed 2f out, soon no extra and weakened opened 22/1 touched 25/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.90 Tote Place: £1.10,1.50
Straight Forecast: £5.48 Exacta: £4.50

Placepot: €167.10, Pool: €0.0


Some top-class names have won this race in the past and the marvellous SNOW FAIRY is not out of place on the roll of honour. Having been off since the back end of last year with injury, she returned in top form at Deauville last month and had clearly progressed futher from that outing to give the boys a pretty decent hiding on this occasion. She was travelling by far the best turning into the home straight and her excellent turn of foot saw her sweep up to challenge and then pass Nathaniel with half a furlong to run. The pair may have come a little close inside the final 50 yards but Frankie Dettori always had the upper hand as his mount wrote yet another glorious chapter in her career. An emotional Ed Dunlop has done wonders with this terrific mare over the years and it was no shock to see her odds tumble for next month's Arc where she will have every chance of hitting the frame once again in this sort of mood. The runner-up has only finished out of the places once in his career and this was another excellent display. He was the first of the leading players to go after the pace-seeting Daddy Long Longs shortly after the end of the back straight and ultimately turned into the target for Snow Fairy to aim at. His early bid for glory may have just taken a toll in the closing stages but he stuck to his guns well enough to the line and the pair will clash again at Longchamp. St Nicholas Abbey was right on the tail of the winner turning for home but could not muster the same turn of foot when it counted and was soon three lengths down. He kept on at the one pace and did close the deficit come the line but at no stage looked like overhauling the first two. There is every chance he will go back to Longchamp for the Arc again - where he was fifth last year - but you wonder whether he has the tactical pace for that race. The front three were well clear of the remainder, headed by Light Heavy. He is useful but probably no more and was ultimately outclassed by a trio of proven performers. Born To Sea's brother Sea The Stars won this race in 2009 but the former has just not lived up to expectations this year. He ambled round at the rear and then failed to get competitive at any stage, although he did manage under pressure to pass the fading Daddy Long Legs in the straight. He has tried a variety of trips along with different headgear and has to come under the disappointing category now - tough to admit about an Irish Derby second.