Stan James’s Rory Jiwani said, “William Buick has been booked for the ride on Ortensia with a helicopter waiting to transport him to Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes. The Australian mare came with a devastating late charge to win at York and she’s been backed all week into 2/1 to follow up at Haydock. However, the money horse is Roger Charlton’s Bated Breath who is now 10/3 to win his first Group 1 prize having been 6/1 at the start of the week.
“Strong Suit has also been popular and is now 6/1 third favourite with Society Rock a 10/1 shot. Listed City of York Stakes winner Gordon Lord Byron has been supported at bigger prices and is now 20/1 from 33/1 to give Ireland its first win in the race for 40 years.
“Buick’s second half of a potential Group 1 double is Nathaniel who faces just five rivals in the Irish Champion Stakes. John Gosden’s four-year-old was touched off by Danedream in the King George at Ascot last time out but he is 6/5 to win at Leopardstown. His biggest rival is another mare in Ed Dunlop’s Snow Fairy who is 2/1 having been the subject of good support during the week. King George and Juddmonte International third St Nicholas Abbey leads the Ballydoyle challenge at 4/1 and it’s 16/1 bar those.”
Sprint Cup betting (EW 1/4 1,2,3): 2 Ortensia 10/3 Bated Breath 6 Strong Suit 10 Society Rock 12 Wizz Kid 14 Hitchens 16 Dandy Boy, Hawkeyethenoo, Soul 20 Gordon Lord Byron 50 bar
Irish Champion Stakes betting (EW 1/4 1,2): 6/5 Nathaniel 2 Snow Fairy 4 St Nicholas Abbey 16 Born To Sea 25 Daddy Long Legs, Light Heavy