Aidan O’Brien Targets the QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes for Australia


Aidan O'Brien, who won his 11th Irish Derby when Australia cruised home at the Curragh on Saturday, has pin-pointed the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes as a target for the son of Galileo.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
 QIPCO Irish Champions Stakes

Aidan O'Brien, who won his 11th Irish Derby when Australia cruised home at the Curragh on Saturday, has pin-pointed the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes as a target for the son of Galileo.

“I’d love to go for the Group1 Irish Champion Stakes as he’s made for it, and you’d love to go back to a mile and a quarter with him. The lads will decide that but maybe he’ll have a little rest now,” he said.

Speaking about the quality of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, Aidan O’Brien said: "They're great races and have stood the test of time and are top-quality European races. They are races we love running horses in. If you look back at the Champions Stakes at Leopardstown there are very few races in Europe that if you add the ratings up of the horses who run in it would better it.

The Ballydoyle team have enjoyed success in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in the past with horses such as Dylan Thomas, Giants Causeway and So You Think, while the race has been won by British raiders over the past couple of years with Snow Fairy winning for trainer Ed Dunlop in 2012 and last year’s race being won in impressive style by The Fugue, giving John Gosden his first Irish Champion Stakes winner since Muhtarram in 1993. 

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