The Group One Irish Champion Stakes is staged at Leopardstown racecourse and run over a distance of 1m2f.
In recent years the race has been dominated by trainer Aiden O’Brien – he’s won the race seven times since 2000, but not for the last four years – can he get back to winning ways in 2018? We are on hand with all the key stats ahead of the 2018 renewal – this year run on Saturday 15th Sept 2018.
Irish Champion Stakes Recent Winners
2017 – Decorated Knight (25/1)
2016 – Almanzor (7/1)
2015 – Golden Horn (5/4 fav)
2014 – The Grey Gatsby (7/1)
2013 – The Fugue (4/1)
2012 – Snow Fairy (15/8)
2011 – So You Think (1/4 fav)
2010 – Cape Blanco (6/1)
2009 – Sea The Stars (4/6 fav)
2008 – New Approach (8/13 fav)
2007 – Dylan Thomas (8/15 fav)
2006 – Dylan Thomas (13/8 fav)
2005 – Oratorio (7/1)
2004 – Azamour (8/1)
2003 – High Chaparral (4/1)
Irish Champion Stakes Betting Trends
16/16 – Previous Group 1 winner
15/16 – Returned 8/1 or shorter in the betting
14/16 – Won 4 or more times before
14/16 – Had won over 1m2f before
13/16 – Aged 3 or 4 years-old
13/16 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
13/16 – Ran at York, Sandown or Ascot last time out
12/16 – Had 4 or more previous runs that season
11/16 – Rated 120+
11/16 – Placed favourites
9/16 – Trained in Ireland
9/16 – Aged 3 years-old
8/16 – Won last time out
7/16 – Previous course winners
6/16 – Trained by Aidan O’Brien
6/16 – Winning favourites
4/16 – Returned odds-on
2/16 – Won the Coral Eclipse last time out
2/16 – Trained by John Oxx
2/16 – Ridden by Seamie Heffernan
The average winning SP in the last 16 years is 9/2
JUICESTORM VERDICT: A decent renewal of the Irish Champions Stakes and really this looks set to be fought out between old rivals Saxon Warrior and ROARING LION. The pair have met three times already this season, in the Epsom Derby, Coral Eclipse and Juddmonte International, and with the John Gosden-trained Roaring Lion coming out on top each time then it’s hard to get away from his chance of doing so again. There were 5 lengths between the two last time out at York and with this 1m2f trip looking to be Roaring Lion’s best distance then he’s taken to confirm that form and give his trainer his third win in this race. So far around this trip Roaring Lion is 3-from-3 with his only defeat in his last four races when being upped to 1m4f in the Epsom Derby. The French raider – Study Of Man – could be the fly in the ointment but would need to improve on his 6 length third to Knight To Behold last time out. Lincoln winner Addeybb comes over from the William Haggas yard but won’t find it easy having to give weight away to the 3 year-olds and is also not proven over this trip. Of the rest, O’Brien’s Rhododendron certainly has the form to take this if in the mood but seems to be a bit of an in-and-out character these days so is not one to totally trust. I’ll stick with Roaring Lion to continue his domination over this trip and land his third Group One of the season.
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