Friday 22 September 2017

Upping the ante

Aidan O’Brien was happy to run both runner-up Found and the third, Minding, in last year’s renewal, when he was lacking a top-class colt in the Group One. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Aidan O’Brien was happy to run both runner-up Found and the third, Minding, in last year’s renewal, when he was lacking a top-class colt in the Group One. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

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Winter's wondrous performance at Glorious Goodwood, in what was a far from vintage renewal of the Festival, saw her cut to 3/1 favourite for the Irish Champion Stakes, the weekend of which is to be launched on Wednesday.

Aidan O'Brien was happy to run both runner-up Found and the third, Minding, in last year's renewal, when he was lacking a top-class colt in the Group One.

No doubt Winter would make a bold bid in the race, in which Almanzor - last year's winner - is in the betting and fourth-favourite behind Churchill, which seems a terrible price at 5/1, and Bramelot, which is another intended Gallic raider.

Cliffs Of Mohe has not enjoyed much fortune this season. After his Derby trial win, he looked all over the winner at Epsom, only for stablemate and long shot Wings Of Eagles to grab him near the wire.

He then dropped back in distance for the Eclipse, sent off strong favourite, but he was exceptionally badly hampered at a crucial stage. Despite that, he was not beaten far, and the winner (Ulysses) boosted the form since. He can take the Champion Stakes.

BET: Cliffs Of Moher in Irish Champion Stakes, 1pt win 8/1

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