Idaho sets the standard here based on his placed efforts in the Derby and Irish Derby, but there some concerns with him about the trip here. It is nearly three furlongs more than he has tackled to date and he could be worth taking on with Muntahaa.
John Gosden’s colt looks sure to stay the St Leger trip after a gutsy success over an extended 13 furlongs at Chester last time, and should have more to offer here given his progressive profile.
Muntahaa can give John Gosden a fifth win in the St Leger.
This year’s Irish Champion Stakes looks an outstanding race and is set to feature no fewer than nine top-level winners, including dual classic winners Harzand and Minding.
Both are heavily respected despite this drop in trip possibly being against Harzand – whose main goal is next month’s Arc – but narrow preference is for Jean-Claude Rouget’s French Derby winner Almanzor, who is seemingly still progressing based on his improved win in a Group 2 last time.
Almanzor has had this race as his target for some time, and he can give his trainer yet another Group 1 win this season.