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Leopardstown: So you think favourite

By Jimmy Walker

So You Think is odds on to win the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown tomorrow and there seems to be no reason he should be beaten.

There are only five other horses to be overcome in the Group One race and So You Think is a seven-time Group One winner and has also lifted the Eclipse Stakes, beating Workforce.

So You Think has not run since winning the Eclipse in July but seems to dominate tomorrow’s race and, in spite of the fact three of his challengers have also tasted Group One victory, Aidan O’Brien’s charge deserves maximum respect.

O'Brien also runs Recital and the Irish 2000 guineas winner Roderic O'Conner.

Snow Fairy is the obvious danger to So You Think, although she finished more than nine lengths behind when fourth in the Eclipse.

Snow Fairy also finished second to Midday at Goodwood and the fact no filly has won the Irish Champion Stakes since 1996 would suggest the four-year-old will have her work cut out.

She will be having only her third run of the season in tomorrow’s race.

Trainer Ed Dunlop said: “Snow Fairy is in good form and I’m hoping the ground will be alright for her.

“I know my horse is in much better shape now than in the Eclipse.”

Meanwhile, the Matron Stakes should see another O'Brien win courtesy of Misty For Me.

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