Series stars to light up weekend
10 Sep 2016
No fewer than 11 QIPCO British Champions Series winners will be strutting their stuff
Minding, who has won three races in this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series, runs at Leopardstown on Saturday evening. Picture: Racingfotos.com
No fewer than 11 winners of the QIPCO British Champions Series races are in action this weekend.
Five clash in one compelling race, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown (6.45).
Between them Minding (1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau); Harzand (Derby); My Dream Boat (Prince of Wales’s Stakes); Hawkbill (Coral-Eclipse) and Highland Reel (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes) have won almost a quarter of the races in this year’s Series.
Found, runner-up in five Series races without managing to win one, contests the same race.
Earlier on the card, Qemah (Coronation Stakes winner) and Alice Springs (Falmouth) will clash in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes, while US Army Ranger, the Derby runner-up, will line up in a Group 3 event on the card.
Meanwhile, in France, Goldream (2015 King’s Stand winner) will be in action.
With the Derby third, Idaho, odds-on for the Ladbrokes St Leger, it will be a surprise if horses who have not left a mark on the Series do not enjoy further success.