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Gleneagles Confirmed For Irish Champion Stakes
Aidan O'Brien has confirmed that outstanding colt Gleneagles will be declared for Saturday's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, reports At The Races. The dual Classic winner has not been seen since landing the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on 16 June, having missed several engagements due to soft ground. O'Brien remains concerned about conditions this weekend, with the Irish National Meteorological Service predicting rainfall of between 20-30mm on Friday evening, but his decision to commit the 3YO to the Irish showpiece effectively rules him out of the Gr1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp the following day. "Unfortunately it's very hard to call with the terrible weather forecast and we'll declare Gleneagles and wait," said O'Brien. "We'd obviously love to run him at Leopardstown but asking him to get the trip on that (unsuitable) ground wouldn't be fair on him. I've no doubt he's a genuine miler, but if the rain came it would make it messy for a lot of mine." He added: "Under French rules we can't declare Gleneagles in two places so we can't declare him to run for Saturday and Sunday - that's the rule so what can you do?"