Irish Champion Stakes: Luxembourg aimed at Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after stunning Leopardstown victory

Luxembourg is again within the huge time after profitable the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.

Forced to overlook the Derby with a setback after ending third within the 2000 Guineas, the Camelot colt travelled in mid-division within the 10-furlong showpiece after beginning at 7/2, permitting stablemate Stone Age to take a transparent early lead earlier than clicking into gear two furlongs from dwelling.

After reeling Stone Age in, Luxembourg swept to the entrance and got here out on prime in battle with Grand Prix de Paris winner Onesto to prevail by half a size, on his second run again after returning at the Curragh final month.

Fellow French raider Vadeni (7/4 favorite) didn’t have the clearest of passages in third, forward of Mishriff in fourth.

A delighted O’Brien mentioned: “It was unbelievable from a lot of people [to get the horse back] and Ryan gave him an incredible ride. We felt going to the Curragh [for the Royal Whip] that he was only ready for a racecourse gallop.

“He could not come right here until he’d had a race, and that is why we have been so proud of him at the Curragh. He had 20 to 30 per cent to enhance from the Curragh, and also you often do not run a race in a Group race like that.

“The plan and the dream was, if we could get him back, we’d mapped out three races for him – if we could get him to the Curragh he could come here and if he came here he could go to the Arc. The pace was solid and it was an even pace. He’s obviously a very good horse.

“Ryan almost fell off him within the Guineas [after stumbling leaving the stalls] and he was solely crushed a few lengths. He needed to be a bit completely different to do what he did within the Guineas.

“He wasn’t surrendering at the line today and he could be better over a mile and a half. His head was in the cooker a long way up that straight and he didn’t stop.

“Ryan was very impressed and he isn’t an optimist by nature! Usually if he is a little bit bit impressed that may do.

“I don’t think we have had an atmosphere at a Flat meeting in Ireland like this in a long time. He got applauded as he went out which is very rare.”

Moore mentioned: “It was a good, fair race. He’s beaten some good three-year-olds, some good older horses, he always felt like he was in control of the race.

“He went a bit inexperienced when he first went there and within the final furlong, the Frankel horse, Onesto, he was at all times there however I at all times felt I had him. It was a really skilled, however very likeable efficiency.”

The colt is now a 6/1 chance for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Coral and, like O’Brien, Moore has few doubts about his ability to see out a mile and a half.

“He was comfy at 10 [furlongs] at present, I at all times felt that if I needed to ask for a bit extra, he would have discovered a bit extra,” he said. “I would not say a mile and a half could be an issue.”

Story of Irish Champions day

Pearls Galore made all of the running to triumph under Billy Lee in the Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.

An outsider at 16/1, Paddy Twomey’s filly hardly saw another rival as she set the pace from the front throughout the one-mile Group One contest.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Saffron Beach plugged away in her slipstream but neither she, nor the third-placed horse Tenebrism, could pass the winner.

Eventually prevailing by three lengths, Pearls Galore went one better than her second-placed run in the same race last year, where she was beaten a neck by No Speak Alexander

Pearls Galore (orange cap) comes home in front in the Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes
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Pearls Galore (orange cap) comes dwelling in entrance within the Coolmore America Justify Matron Stakes

Auguste Rodin was a powerful winner of the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Deep Impact colt was the 11/10 favorite for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien, travelling behind the main pair within the early levels of the one-mile Group Two contest.

Having inched into the race he took up the lead at the furlong marker, holding off all 4 rivals to cross the road a size and a half forward of runner-up Caroline Street. The winner’s stablemate Tower Of London had taken them together with Serious Challenge, however dropped away tamely within the straight.

Auguste Rodin might head subsequent to Doncaster or Newmarket and was minimize from 16/1 to 12/1 with Coral for each the 2000 Guineas and the Derby.

“He could be a Vertem Futurity or Dewhurst horse, he has plenty of class and quality and will probably sharpen up a lot from the race,” O’Brien mentioned.

“We thought he could be the type of horse who could do both [2000 Guineas and Derby], he could be a Derby horse that could start in the Guineas. He could end up a middle-distance horse, a mile and a quarter horse that could get a mile and a half. But a mile, mile-and-a-quarter horse we thought.”

Moore rides Auguste Rodin to victory in the Group Two KPMG Champion Juvenile Stakes
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Moore rides Auguste Rodin to victory within the Group Two KPMG Champion Juvenile Stakes

There was British-trained one-two within the €150,000 Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Sovereign Path” Handicap at Leopardstown, with the Charlie and Mark Johnston-trained I’m A Gambler holding off the late cost of John Quinn’s Safe Voyage.

Ridden by Tom Marquand, I’m A Gambler – final seen ending fifth within the Group Three Supreme Stakes at Goodwood – was by no means removed from the tempo, whereas in distinction Safe Voyage and Jason Hart needed to make up plenty of floor from the rear having been drawn in stall 19.

Half a size was the official margin for the 181 shot, and Marquand – making his first journey at the Dublin observe a profitable one – mentioned: “I’m obviously getting a bit lucky with these Irish tracks coming over and having a first go round, but to be fair we had all the help there with a good draw.

“He was good and relaxed in behind the lead and bought a superb run by after we wanted it. The observe rode a bit sharper than I’d imagined from watching it.”

I'm A Gambler and Tom Marquand (yellow star on cap) win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Sovereign Path Handicap at Leopardstown
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I’m A Gambler and Tom Marquand (yellow star on cap) win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Sovereign Path Handicap at Leopardstown

Zarinsk landed the Listed Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stakes.

The Ger Lyons-trained filly received a superb maiden at the Curragh in May and was then fourth in each her following runs, the Airlie Stud Stakes and the Silver Flash Stakes, Group Two and three contests respectively.

Down in grade and a 9/2 probability within the fingers of Colin Keane, the Juddmonte-owned two-year-old ran prominently on the within rail and broke away from Aidan O’Brien’s Library (2/1 favorite) to prevail by two lengths.

Newtown Anner Stud might afford to attend calmly for the result of a photograph end within the Group Three Paddy Power Stakes as they owned each of the horses concerned.

The Lyons-trained Thunder Kiss had taken up the lead within the dwelling straight and galloped for dwelling, however was pursued by Beamish and Dermot Weld’s 6/1 probability Duke De Sessa.

The latter horse was gaining floor as the road loomed and the bare eye couldn’t break up them as they handed the publish, with a photograph ultimately confirming Weld’s runner had prevailed and Thunder Kiss was the runner-up.

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