Five rivals for So You Think in Champion

SO YOU THINK will face five rivals in tomorrow’s Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Aidan O’Brien’s Aussie import has won three of his four starts in Europe, with his only defeat coming at the hands of the ill-fated Rewilding in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Since then he has lowered the colours of Workforce in the Eclipse at Sandown. He will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan.

His main market rival is Ed Dunlop’s well-travelled filly Snow Fairy. She was some way behind So You Think in the Eclipse but shaped much better when chasing home Midday in the Nassau.

O’Brien also runs three-year-old Roderic O’Connor, who has had a hit and miss season which has involved winning the Irish Guineas but disappointing in the French and Irish Derbies. He will be ridden by Joseph O’Brien.

He will also be joined by stablemate Recital who has not been seen since finishing sixth in the Derby behind Pour Moi. Colm O’Donoghue takes the ride.

Kevin Prendergast’s Dunboyne Express and Dermot Weld’s prolific winner Famous Name complete the sextet.

A competitive field of eight will go to post for tomorrow’s Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, headed by multiple Group One winner Misty For Me.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly won twice at the highest level last season and this term she has won the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Pretty Polly Stakes, beating Midday by six lengths on that occasion. Seamie Heffernan will be on board.

O’Brien also runs Together (Colm O’Donoghue), who finished second in the English and Irish Guineas, and Wild Wind (Joseph O’Brien).

Lolly For Dolly will represent Tommy Stack, while Dermot Weld’s Emulous has looked progressive this season, beating Lolly For Dolly at the Curragh in May.

John Oxx’s Emiyna is another with a chance, while Pat Fahy’s Ballybacka Lady and Richard Fahey’s Barefoot Lady complete the field.

Meanwhile, Deacon Blues was the only withdrawal at the final declaration stage for tomorrow’s Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, leaving a field of 16.

July Cup winner Dream Ahead was promoted to ante-post favouritism after trainer James Fanshawe announced Deacon Blues would miss the race on Wednesday.

Since his win under Hayley Turner at Newmarket, the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead has flopped in France with no explanation forthcoming.

Fanshawe will still be represented by Society Rock, winner of the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Mick Easterby’s Hoof It, who won the Stewards’ Cup off top-weight, has been supplemented again by his connections, just as he was for the Nunthorpe in which he finished sixth.

Kevin Ryan’s Masamah will be ridden by Jamie Spencer while Delegator gets another chance to prove he can cut it at the highest level.

The Richard Fahey-trained Wootton Bassett ran much better in France last time but will only run if the ground is suitable on Merseyside.

Neil Callan rides Kingsgate Native for Michael Stoute while there are two Irish challengers.

Charles O’Brien sends over Bewitched and last year’s Nunthorpe winner Sole Power represents Eddie Lynam.

Roger Charlton runs both Bated Breath and Genki while Elzaam gets another chance to prove he is a top-level performer.

Dalghar, Doncaster Rover, Hitchens and Tiddliwinks complete the competitive line-up.

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