Thursday 16 August 2018

Winter for Matron, Cliffs and Churchill set for Irish Champion Stakes

1 July 2017; Trainer Aidan O'Brien, jockey Seamie Heffernan and Capri after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival 2017 on Saturday at the Curragh in Kildare. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
1 July 2017; Trainer Aidan O'Brien, jockey Seamie Heffernan and Capri after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby during the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival 2017 on Saturday at the Curragh in Kildare. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Aidan O'Brien has decided plans for his main runners on Saturday at Leoparstown, with Winter avoiding a clash with Churchill in the feature Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.

"The plan is that Winter, Hydrangea, Roly Poly and Rhododendron will run in the Matron, while our two O'Brien runners are likely to be Churchill and Cliffs Of Moher," the champion trainer told the 'Irish Independent'.

This will be Rhododendron's first run since struggling in France, before which she was second to Enable in the Irish Oaks.

Leopardstown expects the ground to be good or thereabouts on Saturday, with tickets selling well.

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