TODAY’S Irish Champion Stakes runners and tips: Your top pinstickers’ guide to Saturday’s feature race at Leopardstown


JOHN GOSDEN is up for a Roaring time over the weekend.

With Lah Ti Dar and Too Darn Hot holding forte at Doncaster, Roaring Lion should take the Irish Champion spoils at Leopardstown.

Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior will meet for the sixth time
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Addeybb 3/5

Doesn’t quite add up. Hard to trust fully after such a lengthy spell off the track and would have preferred some rain in the build up. Trainer William Haggas has had a good time of thing in Ireland though and can’t rule out on form claims from earlier in the summer.

Deauville 1/5

Unlikely to be the villain. Hardy type and races here, there and everywhere but a likely team player in this for Aidan O’Brien. Big odds for a reason.

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Rhododendron 1/5

The petals have fallen off. A once classy filly has been far from her best in recent runs. Something has clearly been amiss a long the way and she’s best watched, even at the juicy odds.

Roaring Lion 5/5

Tame the bookies. Has slowly become one of the horses of the season and looks to have most things in his favour again here. Beat a cracking field in the Juddmonte comfortably and this is arguably easier.