Irish Champion Stakes
|Group 1, Leopardstown 16:15
1m 2f, Class 1
Saturday 12th September 2020
🔊 HRI @bkav2011 on QIPCO ending its sponsorship of the Irish Champion Stakes: "I would like to compliment @FahadAlthaniQR; he came in to sponsor the race for 1 year & ended up sponsoring it for 6. QIPCO were v helpful in establishing @IrishChampsWknd"— Qatar Racing (@Qatar_Racing) April 28, 2020
HRI chief executive Brian Kavanagh commented on the news that Qipco is ending its sponsorship of the Irish Champion Stakes.
He said: "This had been advised to us about six weeks ago and I would like to compliment Sheikh Fahad. He came in to sponsor the race for a year and ended up sponsoring it for six. They were very helpful in getting Irish Champions Weekend established. His colours are always a welcome sight on Irish tracks. He also got behind the Corinthian Challenge with great enthusiasm and was a great sponsor."
Kavanagh added: "Leopardstown had been actively engaged in trying to find a new sponsor, but that stopped very quickly after Covid-19 struck, and at this time it is not really appropriate to be looking for a new sponsor. It's completely on hold for the moment, but it's an attractive proposition when the time is right."
Irish Champion Stakes 2019 (Group 1)
1m 2f , Race Value: €1,250,000
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
POS (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (3) Magical 4 9-4 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore11/10F
2 (5) 2¼ Magic Wand 4 9-4 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan 20/1
3 (2) hd Anthony Van Dyck 3 9-1 A P O'Brien Wayne Lordan 12/1
4 (6) ½ Deirdre 5 9-4 Mitsuru Hashida Oisin Murphy 11/1
5 (7) ½ Headman 3 9-1 Roger Charlton Jason Watson 11/2
6 (4) 1¼ Madhmoon 3 9-1 Kevin Prendergast Chris Hayes 5/1
7 (8) 2¼ Elarqam 4 9-7 Mark Johnston Jim Crowley 5/1
8 (1) ½ Hunting Horn 4 9-7 A P O'Brien Emmet McNamara 66/1