Bookmakers have priced up Saturday’s feature Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes and have installed this year’s Coral Eclipse Stakes winner, Nathaniel, as a warm 13/8 favourite in the latest horse racing odds to land his second Group 1 event of the season, writes Elliot Slater.
The John Gosden-trained star beat Farhh in a fine race for the historic Sandown event in early July, before failing by just a nose to resist the high-class Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Danedream, when caught in the very last stride of the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot a fortnight later.
Given a short break since his mid-summer exertions, the son of Galileo is reportedly in fine shape ahead of his bid for the Irish Champion Stakes, a race in which the great mare Snow Fairy (3/1) is expected to take her chance and give Lady Rothschild’s colt plenty to think about.
Twelve months ago, the globetrotting Ed Dunlop-trained star failed by just half-a-length to beat the smart So You Think in the Leopardstown contest, and having made a fine return to action when scoring at Deauville last month, hopes will be high that the bargain basement daughter of Intikhab can go one better on September 8.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of St Nicholas Abbey (6/1) and Imperial Monarch (13/2) are next in the betting for the 10-furlong contest, in which French ace, Cirrus Des Aigles, has been scratched, connections feeling that he is not ready to take on such hot opposition after a spell on the sidelines with a niggling injury.
St Nicholas Abbey had a hard race when third behind the mighty Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York, while Imperial Monarch is on an upward curve after a brave win last time out in the Grand Prix de Paris. A total of 12 horses remain in the €434,000 contest at the five-day stage.
Looking further ahead, the St Leger Festival betting page has important news for race fans, regarding the South Yorkshire-based event.