Minding looks just Champion
Nick Grant fancies Minding to make her mark against the boys in a fascinating renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes.
Minding can land the feature this evening
BATH: 2.10 Secret Witness, 2.45 Beau Mistral, 3.20 Aventus, 3.50 Good Omen, 4.25 Lady Hare, 4.55 Peak Storm, 5.30 Fanci That, 6.05 Cersei.
CHESTER: 1.40 Kiribati, 2.15 Alejandro, 2.50 Mountain Bell, 3.25 Harome, 3.55 De Veer Cliffs, 4.30 Casterbridge, 5.00 Hereawi.
DONCASTER: 2.00 Rivet, 2.35 Judicial, 3.10 Buckstay, 3.45 IDAHO (NAP), 4.20 Harbour Master, 4.50 Third Time Lucky, 5.25 Missed Call, 6.00 Argus.
LEOPARDSTOWN: 3.30 Tradfest, 4.00 Douglas Macarthur, 4.35 Pyromaniac, 5.05 Stellar Mass, 5.35 Qemah, 6.10 Hit It A Bomb, 6.45 Minding, 7.20 Kelinni.
LINGFIELD: 1.50 Lady Blanco, 2.25 Fast Play, 3.00 Unforgettable Filly, 3.35 Art Echo, 4.10 Salateen, 4.40 Gale Song, 5.15 Sweet Dragon Fly.
MUSSELBURGH: 4.15 Horsforth, 4.45 Marsh Pride, 5.20 Sky Gypsy, 5.55 La Contessa, 6.30 Novalina, 7.00 Gabrial The Terror, 7.30 Dark Command.
DOUBLE: Idaho and Judicial.
Idaho is unopposable in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.
While earlier in the week there may have been grounds for taking him on, the fact that neither Red Verdon or Twilight Payment have made the final field has made his task that much easier.
Third in the Derby at Epsom behind Harzand, he got even closer to Dermot Weld's star in the Irish version, when, if anything, he was outstayed.
However, such is his class edge over his rivals he might not truly need to see out the extended mile and three-quarters to claim the final Classic of the season.
According to the bookmakers his chief danger is John Gosden's Muntahaa, but his form is some way below the level which Idaho has already reached, with Aidan O'Brien at pains before he ran in the Great Voltigeur to stress his charge would only improve after a break.
It looks to be his to lose, with stablemates Housesofparliament and Sword Fighter looking the main threats, so an O'Brien clean sweep is not out of the question.
Judicial finally looks like delivering on his early promise and can land the Ladbrokes Portland for Julie Camacho.
A winner at Thirsk early in the season and last time out at Chester, this trip of five and a half furlongs looks ideal.
Up to a career-high mark of 99, the four-year-old is filling out his frame and Roger Charlton's former inmate, although having a quirk or two, is very talented.
William Haggas' Rivet created a huge impression when winning the usually informative Convivial Maiden at York and can handle the step up in grade for the At The Races Champagne Stakes.
Just about the only runner during the Ebor meeting to shun the far rail, if anything it enhanced his profile as he came around the whole field under Frankie Dettori.
The form has not worked out as yet, but he is a promising individual booked for big things.
In Ireland, the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes is undoubtedly the race of the season with Minding taken to have too much speed for Derby winner Harzand.
Dermot Weld has made no secret of the fact Harzand's big target is the Arc so he is unlikely to be fully tuned up for this return to action after a mid-season break.
Minding has an excuse for her sole defeat behind Jet Setting in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, as she banged her head on the stalls, and is in a different league to the other middle-distance fillies.
Also in her favour is that 10 furlongs is her best trip, while Harzand would surely be suited by further, and the short straight is also against the Derby winner.
French Derby winner Almanzor might be a bigger threat over his ideal distance but the sex allowance sways things in Minding's favour.
Jet Setting herself is back in action in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes but she faces a big task against Jean-Claude Rouget's Qemah, who looked excellent in winning Group Ones at Royal Ascot and Deauville.
Jim Bolger's Stellar Mass is taken to beat US Army Ranger in the KPMG Enterprise Stakes, with Hit It A Bomb expected to make up for lost time and beat Irish Guineas winner Awtaad in the Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes.
Ralph Beckett's Mountain Bell has been off the track a while but she looked a filly full of promise early in the season and can get her career back on track in the Betway Stand Cup at Chester.
Marsh Pride takes the eye despite top weight in Musselburgh's EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Scottish Premier Series Fillies' Handicap, Hugo Palmer's Unforgettable Filly should take the beating in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield, with Good Omen looking a good thing in the Double Diamond Gaming Maiden Stakes at Bath.
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