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St Mark’s Basilica vs Tarnawa vs Poetic Flare. The Irish Champion Stakes is the cherry on the cake that is day one of the Irish Champions Weekend.
The feature is one of five Group contests today at Leopardstown, with a Listed renewal and two Premier Handicaps completing the eight-race card.
Below you’ll find all the racecard information and Timeform’s top tips for today’s eight contests at Leopardstown.
Today’s Leopardstown Racecard
12:40: Ballylinch Stud Irish European Breeders Fund Ingabelle Stakes (Listed)
13:10: KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (Golden Fleece) (Group 2)
13:40: Coolmore America ‘Justify’ Matron Stakes (Group 1)
14:10: Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile (Solonaway) (Group 2)
14:45: Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1)
15:15: Paddy Power Stakes (Group 3)
15:45: Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund ‘Pentigo’ (Premier Handicap)
16:20: Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund ‘Sovereign Path’ (Premier Handicap)
You’ll find every single confirmed runner and rider for the first day of the Irish Champions Weekend, as well as details of each race, form, weights and latest odds.
Today’s Leopardstown Tips
The boffins at Timeform have gone through the card to bring you their eight best bets for today’s racing at Leopardstown.
12:40: CORVIGLIA can boast a C&D win and arrives firmly on the up so Jessica Harrington’s filly is fancied to complete her hat-trick now stepping up in grade.
13:10: MARITIME WINGS has already shown himself to be a very useful colt in the making and, with no Point Lonsdale to encounter here, is taken to gain a deserved first victory in pattern-race company.
13:40: An excellent opportunity for the highly talented and likeable MOTHER EARTH to win her third Group 1 of the season having already bagged the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
14:10: A competitive Group 2 that can go to MAC SWINEY if bouncing back to the form he showed when landing the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh in May.
14:45: ST MARK’S BASILICA coped very well with a small-field scenario when an impressive winner of the Eclipse and can land a fifth Group 1 success in a row.
15:15: SIR LAMORAK is well worth forgiving his effort in the Grand Prix de Paris as his close second in a Royal Ascot handicap off clear top weight prior to that suggests he’ll be winning Group races before long.
15:45: A low-mileage, progressive 4-y-o, PHOENIX COWBOY was impressive in making it 2 from 3 this season when landing an 11-runner Gowran handicap (12.5f) 4 weeks ago, impressing in putting distance between himself and the runner-up. A 9-lb rise may not prevent a bold follow-up bid and he can come out on top again.
16:20: The vote goes to FOOLS RUSH IN, who was unable to adopt his customary front-running tactics but still managed to improve when scoring at Chester last time.
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