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Winner alright! Paddy Power pays out early on Australia for the Irish Champion Stakes

All ante-post bets settled as a winner on Aidan O'Brien's stable star before the stalls open in Saturday's Leopardstown feature

by Sean Goff | September 11, 2014

He’s won the English & Irish Derbys, the Juddmonte Stakes at York and now Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes.

Well, ok, technically you have to wait until around 7pm on Saturday for the result – but in another brain fart brilliant idea by the boss, Paddy Power has settled all ante-post bets placed before 10am on Thursday morning on Australia winning the Irish Champion Stakes.

So if you were on Aidan O’Brien’s stable star, sit back, relax and wait for your e-wallet to be credited. If you prefer the feeling of cold, hard cash in your hand simply slip into one of the shops and hand your docket over the counter. Just try not to look too smug.


The Ballydoyle wonder colt faces six declared rivals as he looks to pick up his fourth successive Group One win in the Irish Champions Stakes in what is a Classic weekend of racing on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Among Australia’s opponents are Prix du Jockey Club winner The Grey Gatsby, Eclipse winner Mukadram and last season’s Prince of Wales’ Stake victor Al Kazeem.

Paddy Power said:

This is one of the most competitive renewals that I can remember with Australia facing a fellow Irish Derby hero, a French Derby winner, and two Eclipse Stakes scorers.

But Aidan has ordained Australia his “best-ever” champion and we can’t see him getting beaten and wanted to reward those punters with enough bottle to back him at short odds who agree with Tina Turner that this magnificent beast is ‘Simply The Best’.

And in a weekend that brings the curtain down on this year’s Classics the English St Leger at Doncaster comes under orders on Saturday while the Irish equivalent will be decided at the Curragh on Sunday.

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