It’s a brilliant weekend of racing both in these shores and over the Irish Sea, with the season’s final and oldest classic the St Leger taking place at Doncaster, meanwhile over on the Emerald Isle we welcome Irish Champions weekend.

Aidan O’Brien saddles three of the nine runners in the St Leger as he goes in search of a fifth success in this contest. He is responsible for the favourite Idaho, who has been a long-time fancy for this contest and his credentials were laid down with an impressive victory in the Great Voltigeur at York last time, where he cut down stablemate Housesofparliament late on.

Idaho was also placed in both the Epsom Derby and Irish derby and rightly comes here as the favourite and will take the world of beating.

The biggest challenge according to the betting will come from Muntahaa. John Gosden is also seeking his fifth win in this event and he took Muntahaa for an unusual prep by landing a Chester Handicap last time.

He saw off those hardy types and was gutsy holding on at the line, over the same trip as he will tackle this Saturday. He was previously third at Royal Ascot and is likeliest to serve it up to Idaho but the favourite may have a little too much class.

The main supporting contests at Doncaster include the Champagne Stakes, which can go to Rivet for the in-form William Haggas stable. He created a good impression in winning a valuable maiden at York last time and can follow up here.

The Portland is a sprint which is always tricky to solve. Son of Africa can go well for Henry Candy and Oisin Murphy who is riding extremely well at present. He won at Sandown two starts ago and wasn’t beaten far at Listed level last time.

There are a pair of Group One contests over in Ireland on Saturday. The first is the Matron Stakes where Qemah travels from France and should be the favourite. She is taken on though with the unbeaten Persuasive who won at Royal Ascot and was impressive in a Group Three at Sandown.


The feature race is the Irish Champion Stakes. Minding looks to win her seventh Group One contest and add this race to her 1000 Guineas, Oaks and Nassau Stakes victories.

The quality in the field is exceptional as she is joined by French Derby winner Almanzor, Epsom Derby winner Harzand, Eclipse victor Hawkbill, last years French Derby winner New Bay, 2014 Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatbsy and many more.

It’s a cracking renewal of a fantastic race which takes centre stage among a brilliant weekend of action in Ireland. Throw in the Irish St Leger, The Moyglare Stud Stakes and the National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, alongside the arc trials at Chantilly, and it is an armchair viewers dream on the Horse Racing front this weekend.

Best of Luck.

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