2023 Irish Champion Stakes Betting Odds at Leopardstown racecourse

Saturday, 09 September 2023

The bookmakers make the Irish Champion Stakes a relatively wide open encounter, with King Of Steel running for trainer Roger Varian and the horse has produced some strong performances this season. The three-year-old is likely to go off favourite in a bid to land some big prize money at Leopardstown, although there are several other contenders.

Auguste Rodin runs for Aidan O’Brien and will be bidding to land a third victory of the season, while Alflaila can’t be discounted based on the evidence of the current campaign. Onesto and Al Riffa are trading at a similar price, with Nashwa also available at single figure odds and this Group 1 encounter has attracted some star quality.

2023 Irish Champion Stakes Tips

We’re looking forward to what should be an exciting renewal of the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes, with King Of Steel likely to be sent off as the market leader. The three-year-old finished third in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes last time he ran, with the horse previously landing a victory in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The runner really announced himself in the Epsom Derby when finishing second in the classic despite being sent off at odds of 66/1. The one horse too good for him that day was Auguste Rodin and the Aidan O’Brien-trained charge could be set to run another big race despite disappointing at Ascot last time out when sent off as 9/4 favourite.

Previously to this came victories at Epsom and the Curragh, the latter of which saw the horse claim a facile win in the Irish Derby although it will be interesting to see whether there’s a return to form after an underwhelming performance in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes.

Perhaps Alflaila represents the each-way value in the race, with the Owen Burrows-trained runner claiming a victory in the Sky Bet York Stakes. That was at the end of July when sent off at betting odds of 5/1, with Onesto a talented four-year-old who ran really well to finish fourth in the recent Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois.

2022 Irish Champion Stakes Tips

The most exciting horse race at Leopardstown on 10 September could be the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes which could feature a number of talented horses and punters will be putting Baaeed in many of their horse racing bets.

Baaeed has been so impressive this year and the latest victory came in the Juddmonte International where a facile win was achieved. This came after a straightforward win in the Qatar Sussex Stakes where the horse was relatively comfortable, while the runner was sent off at a similar price in the Queen Anne Stakes.

Therefore, this is the biggest price that the horse has been trading for several races, although that’s mainly down to the presence of Vadeni in the field. J-C Rouget’s runner has landed three striking victories and will be coming to Ireland looking to land the spoils and upset the Baaeed party.

There were back-to-back wins at Chantilly, with Christophe Soumillon riding home the charge on board an even money shot in the Prix de Guiche, with the next run coming in the more competitive Qatar Prix du Jockey Club where the French horse obliged at bigger odds and beating favourite Modern Games.

More recently, we have seen Vadeni secure the Coral-Eclipse at Newbury, with Mishriff beaten by a neck although more improvement is needed considering that Baaeed won by a more considerable margin at York.

2020 Irish Champion Stakes Betting Tips

Few races come any bigger than the Irish Champion Stakes, with Leopardstown hosting this Group 1 horse racing encounter which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 September.

The 2020 Irish Champion Stakes promises to be an epic battle and there’s been money for Ghaiyyath who looks like the horse that will take all the beating on the Leopardstown racecard, with the Charlie Appleby runner having impressed on several occasions this season.

The Godolphin horse has taken his own path in 2020 thanks to a victory in the Coronation Cup Stakes at Royal Ascot on 5 June, while he then lowered the colours of Enable in the Coral Eclipse Stakes and that was a big shock considering the filly was trading as a short favourite.

Ghaiyyath continued to win when landing the spoils by seeing off Magical in the Juddmonte Stakes at York Racecourse through the Ebor Festival and there are sure to be punters who think the current odds of evens are worth taking considering he’s now on a four-race unbeaten run.

However, horse racing isn’t always that predictable and another horse that sticks out on the Irish Champion Stakes race card is Magical who will be hoping to reverse the positions of that previous outing and he was in excellent form previously.

The five-year-old is one of Aidan O’Brien’s stable stars and claimed the spoils in the Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes before winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh, although Magical has three lengths to find on Ghaiyyath when the two clash in this race.

It would be a big surprise if one of the front two in the betting didn’t win the race, although respect has to be afforded to some of the other horses on the racecard and that includes Alpine Star and Lord North who are both trading at around odds of 7/1 at the moment.

Jessie Harrington’s runner hasn’t been out of the front two all season and Lord North won at Haydock and Ascot before finishing third in the Juddmonte.

The History of the Irish Champion Stakes

The Irish Champion Stakes has been in operation since 1976 and has now become one of the most prestigious flat races on the Irish calendar. The race is run over a mile and two furlongs which means that it can be an entertaining spectacle which is run at Leopardstown’s left-handed track and any horse aged three or older can line up for this encounter.

Magical was a recent winner in 2019 and will therefore be bidding to become a multiple winner in 2020, while Almanzor, Decorated Knight and Roaring Lion are also recent champions and the winner is often a three-year-old.