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Just A Way Among Irish Champions Entries
Ireland's inaugural Champions Weekend received a major boost on Monday with the announcement that the world's highest rated racehorse, Japanese superstar Just A Way (Heart's Cry-Sibyl, by Wild Again), could compete at the event, reports racingpost.com. The 5YO, who was a runaway winner of the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March, was among the entries for the weekend's showpiece event, the €1 million Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes. The dual Gr1 winner could be joined by compatriot Denim and Ruby, runner-up in the Japan Cup. If either turn up at Leopardstown in September they would become the first Japanese-trained horse to run in Ireland. A total of 61 entries were made for the Irish Champion Stakes including 22 individual Gr1 winners, such as Cirrus Des Aigles, African Story, Magician, Noble Mission, Verrazano, Al Kazeem, Ruler Of The World, Trading Leather, Sky Lantern, and defending champion The Fugue. Also involved are representatives of the Classic generation such as Derby favourite Australia, Fascinating Rock, Free Eagle, Kingston Hill and Toast Of New York. The Irish Champions Weekend takes places at Leopardstown on 13 September and The Curragh on 14 September, comprising ten Group races (five at Gr1 level) and over €3 million in prize-money. "The strength in depth and geographical spread of the entries, and the possibility of a first ever Japanese runner in Ireland, underline the huge international appeal of our inaugural Irish Champions Weekend," Horse Racing Ireland's chief executive Brian Kavanagh said.