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Gleneagles To Tackle Irish Champion Distance For First Time

Thursday, 27th August 2015

Meanwhile, trainer Aidan O'Brien is hoping that conditions remain favourable so that top-class colt Gleneagles (Galileo-You'resothrilling, by Storm Cat) can take his place in Saturday week's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, reports Sky Sports. The Irish showpiece will be the first time the 4-time Gr1-winning 3YO has raced over 10 furlongs, after he was withdrawn from last Wednesday's  Juddmonte International just hours before the race on account of the soft ground. "It's obviously going to be weather dependent, but we have some nice horses to run (on Irish Champions Weekend). Gleneagles is the main one. If the ground stays good and fast, we will look forward to seeing him run," O'Brien said. He added: "I think Leopardstown will suit him. He's a fast horse. I suppose the exciting thing is to see how he handles a mile and a quarter. He's by Galileo out of a full sister to Giant's Causeway and he's very like Giant's Causeway. The ground will be important to him to give him a fair shot." Gleneagles has won 7 of his 9 starts hitherto, including two Classics - the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas.

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