Leather on course for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes
Trading Leather is well on course for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on this day week.
The Jim Bolger handled colt, who was third to The Fugue a year ago, has yet to get his head in front this season but has kept the best company.
He was third to Gospel Choir on his reappearance at Newmarket, before finishing runner-up to the talented Mukhadram in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Last time out he was an eye catching fifth the King George at Ascot.
Bolger said: “Trading Leather is in good form and will take his chance in the race.
“Parish Hall is also in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes but he will run in one of the other big races over the weekend, possibly in the Group Two Clipper Boomerang Mile on the same afternoon.”
Bolger is set to run his gifted filly Lucida in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh the following day.
The Godolphin owned, daughter of Shamardal was beaten half a length by Raydara in the Debutante Stakes on what was just her second career outing.
Bolger said: “Lucida is our number one filly for that race. She is in terrific form and raring to go.”
The Coolcullen trainer added that Hall Of Fame and Parish Boy were under consideration for the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, with the ground likely to be a deciding factor in plans.
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