The Elarqam, Headman and magical are One of 11 horses confirmed for Its Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.
Aidan O’Brien has saddled a seven winners of Saturday showpiece, following Japan, who looks set to head to the Prix de Triomphe was withdrawn by the Ballydoyle handler and Magical appears his chief contender for this year’s renewal.
Magical kicked off her campaign with three successive wins – completing her hat-trick from the Tattersalls Gold Cup.
Galileo’s daughter has stuffed the runner-up spot on each of her three starts – chasing dwelling Crystal Ocean at the Prince of Wales’s Stakes before locating foe Enable too strong from the Coral-Eclipse at the Yorkshire Oaks and Sandown.
The coach’s kid, Donnacha O’Brien, hasn’t ridden Magical competitively in more than two decades, but could be on board that this weekend should Ryan Moore stay in Britain to ride in the William Hill St Leger.
O’Brien junior said:”She is a really demanding, constant mare and she provides her finest running every moment. Her kind is up there with all the finest in the world, bar Permit, so she looks to be going there with a major shout.
“Obviously I am not sure what is going to appear however, but she seems to be the one that they are totally going to have to conquer.
“She’s an exceptional mare – she’s probably up there with the best that I’ve ridden. She’s just very unfortunate to be that Enable was. You’re not likely to have fillies like that annually.
“She is a great mare and she has been a excellent servant .”
O’Brien has also left in 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia, Magic Wand, Investec Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck, Hunting Horn and Pink Dogwood.
There is set to be a strong battle, together using Roger Charlton’s Headman joined by the Mark Johnston-trained Elarqam following the latter was added to the field at Tuesday phase.
Whilst Elarqam produced a performance to complete a close-up third at York, headman has made his step up to the highest level by winning Group two prizes in France.
Elarqam is one of two probably runners for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, together with Kevin Prendergast celebrity Madhmoon.
The field is completed by raider Deirdre – winner of the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on her latest outing.
The Group One about the launching day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend is your Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes.
Using dual 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa the trainer’s very first string o’Brien accounts for six of those 10 fillies in contention – forward of Goddess, I Will Fly, Simply Wonderful Happen and Coral Beach.
Donnacha O’Brien stated of Hermosa:”She’s in excellent shape. She’s had a tiny bit of a rest, the last few weeks, and her job seems to be really, really good since – probably like I’ve felt her year, so she seems to be moving there with a big possibility.”
The best way would be six-time Group One winner Laurens, who inflicted a shock defeat on Alpha Centauri in the past year’s renewal and Karl Burke’s defending champion.
Joseph O’Brien’s set of Iridessa and Red Tea and also the John Oxx-trained Skitter Scatter will be the other hopefuls.
The Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes is still a Group Two, using Lancaster House – that maintained his unbeaten record at Listowel – one of 19 horses going.
Other contenders include Dermot Weld’s Imaging, David O’Meara’s Suedois along with the Surrounding of Mick Halford.
A Aidan O’Brien squad in the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes includes course-and-distance winner Cormorant, while Buckhurst is a participant for Joseph O’Brien at the Group Three Paddy Power Betting Shop Stakes.
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