Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

O'Brien 7-4 To Win English St Leger & Irish Champion Stakes

Minding is the 9-4 favourite with William Hill for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday, which could be one of the best races of the year. Aidan O’Brien also trains three of the front four in the betting for the St Leger, with Idaho odds-on favourite for the final English Classic of the season.


William Hill offer 7-4 for Aidan O’Brien to train the winner of both the Irish Champion Stakes and the English St Leger.


“Aidan O’Brien is very familiar with big race success but even by his high standards, it could be a weekend to remember,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

With some rain forecast, Harzand is proving popular in the Irish Champion Stakes at 3-1 with those punters looking to take on Minding, while Found has attracted some each-way money and is 9-1 from 10-1 with Hills.

“You might not see a better race all season than the Irish Champion Stakes and if the winner is impressive, there could be a new favourite for the Arc,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Meanwhile, Idaho will almost certainly start odds-on for the St Leger.

“The St Leger is a bit of a disappointing betting race this year and it appears punters have just come to the conclusion that nothing will beat Idaho.”


Saturday Special

Aidan O’Brien To Train The Winner Of The English St Leger & Irish Champion Stakes: 7-4

Saturday 10th September

Qipco Irish Champion Stakes: 9-4 Minding, 3-1 Harzand, 11-2 Almanzor, 9-1 Found, New Bay, 10-1 Highland Reel, 14-1 Hawkbill, 20-1 Success Days, 25-1 My Dream Boat, The Grey Gatsby, 33-1 Moonlight Magic, Sir Isaac Newton, 100-1 Ebediyin, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes: 5-4 Qemah, 7-2 Persuasive, 5-1 Alice Springs, 7-1 Jet Setting, 14-1 Now Or Never, 20-1 Devonshire, Hawksmoor, 25-1 Creggs Pipes, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes: 15-8 Richard Pankhurst, 4-1 Toormore, 13-2 Adaay, 15-2 Breton Rock, Buckstay, 9-1 Cougar Mountain, The Happy Prince, 33-1 Kentuckyconnection, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

Portland Handicap: 7-1 Captain Colby, 12-1 Double Up, Final Venture, Shamshon, 14-1 Bowson Fred, Harry Hurricane, Highland Acclaim, Judicial, Pipers Note, Soie D’Leau, 16-1 Confessional, Humidor, Red Pike, Son Of Africa, 18-1 Hoofalong, 20-1 Lexington Abbey, Mont Kiara, Move In Time, Olivia Fallow, Out Do, Related, 33-1 Mukaynis, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)

St Leger Stakes: 8-11 Idaho, 9-2 Muntahaa, 6-1 Housesofparliament, 12-1 Sword Fighter, 14-1 Ventura Storm, 20-1 Harbour Law, 25-1 Ormito, 50-1 Harrison, 100-1 The Tartan Spartan, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)


Sunday 11th September


Irish St Leger: 1-5 Order Of St George, 11-2 Trip To Paris, 12-1 Wicklow Brave, 33-1 Unicorn, 50-1 Silwana, 66-1 Kellstorm, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Qatar Prix Niel: 4-9 Makahiki, 4-1 Midterm, 7-1 Doha Dream, 12-1 Darabad, 50-1 Carzoff, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Qatar Prix Foy: 7-4 Silverwave, 5-2 One Foot In Heaven, 3-1 Elliptique, 9-2 Ito (Win Only)

Qatar Prix Vermeille: 5-2 Candarliya, 11-4 Highlands Queen, 3-1 Left Hand, 7-1 Golden Valentine, 15-2 Endless Time, 10-1 The Juliet Rose, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)

Qatar Prix Du Moulin: 2-1 Zelzal, 3-1 Vadamos, 4-1 Dutch Connection, Zarak, 12-1 Trixia, 14-1 Spectre, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2)