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Racing preview: Top class action this weekend

by Sean Goff | September 7, 2012

APPEAL : The 1m trip on good ground should suit Maybe at Leopardstown (pic:Inpho)

By Sean Goff | Sports Reporter

There’s some top-class Group One action at Haydock and Leopardstown this Saturday with the Haydock Sprint Cup (3.25)  and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown (5.45).

William Buick and Ortensia are looking for a hat-trick after wins at Goodwood and the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York and John Gosden’s stable jockey will then fly to Leopardstown by helicopter to ride Nathaniel in the 1m 2f feature there.

Paddy Power is paying 1/5 the odds the first FOUR in the Group One feature.

Coral Eclipse winner Nathaniel will be a tough cookie to beat in the Irish Champion Stakes but Ed Dunlop’s ultra tough Snow Fairy will make a race of it.

The dual English/Irish Oaks heroine in 2010 should have no bother dropping back to 10 furlongs  and won well on her seasonal debut after nine months off in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville last month.

That performance was all the more creditable as she was squeezed for room in the final furlong but ran on determinedly for Ryan Moore to beat Izzi Top three-quarters of a length.

An hour earlier Dermot Weld’s Emulous bids for back-to-back wins in the Matron Stakes (4.40) and for MOBILE customers if your selection finishes second to Emulous Paddy Power will refund all losing single bets. (T&Cs apply)

Aidan O’Brien’s Maybe has been disappointing after losing her unbeaten tag in this season’s 1,000 Guineas but the combination of the  one mile trip and good ground makes her worth a second look at 11/2 in Paddy Power’s online betting.

The Curragh hosts the Moyglare Stud Stakes (4.25) on Sunday and Andy Oliver’s Sendmylovetorose  has been supplemented for the race at a cost of €22,500 and trades at 9/2 second favourite behind Harasiya.

She took advantage of the dreadful ground in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket earlier in the season after being denied a run at Royal Ascot when playing up in the stalls.

Runner-up Maureen from the Richard Hannon stable has franked the form in no uncertain terms with an easy two and a quarter length win in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot since then.

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