Owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has two contenders from the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown – in which Madhmoon along with Elarqam will sport his famous white and blue silks.
Not because the Muhtarram of John Gosden supplied him with another win at the race 1993 possess the colours.
In also the supplemented Elarqam, who was third at the Juddmonte International at York along with Derby runner-up Madhmoon he has two realistic chances.
His racing director Angus Gold said:”We clearly already had one legitimate rival for the race in Madhmoon, however Sheikh Hamdan and (coach ) Mark (Johnston) equally believed it would be a very long time between races when we waited to get the English Champion together with Elarqam, and who knows what might happen between then and now?
“I was rather impressed with Elarqam at York, and when we’d ridden him somewhat handier I do not believe he’d have been far away.
“The front two hastened off – he was a bit further back than perfect and did not get a clean run. I am not saying he’d have won for that, however he might have gone pretty close if things had been different.
“(Trainer) Kevin (Prendergast) is very satisfied with Madhmoon, and this is the obvious race . Personally, I believe a mile and a quarter is going to wind up being his best excursion, but I understand (jockey) Chris Hayes feels he could even end up back in a mile.
“I think that it’s very hard to select between the both of these. I think Madhmoon could have more rate than Elarqam, and so is probably the quicker horse – but if he’s a horse that is better or not, it’s difficult to say.”
Veteran trainer Prendergast is looking for his first win at the race and informed irishchampionsweekend.ie:”I couldn’t be pleased with the form he is in. As for his excursion that is ideal, together with his form in the Classics this year, it could be hard to say – but surely 10 furlongs will not be a issue.
“The race the last day served its purpose. It was great to see him fall back into a mile and reveal the speed to triumph over that trip. I don’t think tactics will matter ”
The filly Magical appears to possess a profile that is consistent, although aidan O’Brien includes four runners, including Derby protagonist Anthony Van Dyck – .
“We have been really happy with Magical since she ran at York,” explained O’Brien.
“The strategy was to visit York, then visit the Irish Champion – and even if all works well, then visit the Arc. We’ve been very happy with her because, and she also came that the race out .
“Anthony Van Dyck is in good order. His last run was a non-event, since they went somewhat quick and the floor was somewhat soft”
Hunting Horn along with Magic Wand signify Ballydoyle.
Roger Charlton’s Headman has won two Group Twos in France and was improving at a rate of knots.
“This is a big jump up in class, but I’ve been pleased with all the horse,” said Charlton.
“It is actually the only real race to operate in, as there are no longer three-year-old-only races – and won two Group Twos, there’s not any use giving away weight in a different Group Two.
“I do not think both of the French races appropriate him. I think the course and the race’s style will suit him better, and also I think there is a surface that is faster exactly what he desires.
“I assume there are also a better rate, and they won’t go like they did in France out time. He’s a horse, and you do not need to be breaking that stride.
“I believe this horse is just one for the long run, and I’m sure he’ll keep advancing. I think he will be better next year.”
Adding additional spice to the race is the contender Deirdre, who is ridden by Oisin Murphy – .
“I sat on her on Tuesday, and she felt super, but it’s a very very good race,” explained Murphy.
“I think Magical looks the one to conquer, no doubt, but she goes there with a great chance.
“At Goodwood she had been back to her best, after she would run disappointingly in her British debut at Ascot – so we will see what she’s made from.”