Nathaniel and Snow Fairy to put it up to home Champion team

British raiders Nathaniel and Snow Fairy feature among a final field of six declared runners in tomorrow’s Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

The 10-furlong Group One prize has been dominated by home-trained runners for the last decade, with Saeed bin Suroor’s Grandera the last British winner in 2002.

John Gosden’s Nathaniel heads the betting for this year’s renewal.

Last year’s King George hero made a fantastic seasonal reappearance when winning the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and was only narrowly denied by Danedream when defending his King George crown at Ascot.

Ed Dunlop’s incredible mare Snow Fairy is seen as his biggest threat, having made a superb return to action in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville a little under three weeks ago.

William Buick is the confirmed partner of Nathaniel, with Frankie Dettori replacing the injured Ryan Moore on Snow Fairy. The pair will be in action at Haydock earlier in the afternoon, before crossing the Irish Sea by helicopter.

Aidan O’Brien has won the Irish Champion Stakes a record seven times, and this year relies upon St Nicholas Abbey and Daddy Long Legs.

Multiple Group One winner St Nicholas Abbey was last seen finishing third behind the mighty Frankel in the Juddmonte International at York, while the three-year-old Daddy Long Legs has plenty to find on official ratings. Imperial Monarch is a notable absentee from Ballydoyle.

Johnny Murtagh will ride Born To Sea for John Oxx, while Light Heavy from the Jim Bolger yard completes the line-up.

The Dermot Weld-trained duo of Famous Name and Princess Highway are also among those not declared.

Good ground is reported at the Dublin venue, with conditions expected to dry out further.

Defending champion Emulous is one of 11 fillies and mares declared for the Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Dermot Weld’s five-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Group One contest 12 months ago, but was well beaten when sent off favourite for the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot on her last start.

Henry Cecil’s multiple Pattern-race winner Chachamaidee bids for her first top-level success, and is joined on the trip from Britain by the Mick Channon-trained Laugh Out Loud.

Shane Foley interestingly takes the mount on Alanza for John Oxx.

Alanza’s owner, the Aga Khan, recently terminated the contract of retained jockey Johnny Murtagh, who instead partners Laugh Out Loud.

David Wachman’s Duntle takes a deserved jump in class following victories in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot and the Desmond Stakes at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien saddles After, Ishvana and Maybe, while Ballybacka Lady, Marvada and La Collina complete the field.

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