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Posted 2023-09-09 19:44:31  
Auguste Rodin comes back to win Irish Champions Stakes after Ascot Flop

Auguste Rodin, the triumphant English and Irish Derby champion, secured victory once again in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Under the skilled guidance of jockey Ryan Moore, the 11-4 favorite held off a late challenge from Aidan O'Brien's Luxembourg, who finished as the runner-up. Nashwa claimed the third spot.

Auguste Rodin had faced disappointment in the King George at Ascot in the previous outing but made a remarkable comeback, securing Aidan O'Brien's 12th win in the race and his fifth consecutive triumph. O'Brien commented on the horse's unique character, describing him as brilliant, tough, and hardy.

Looking ahead, there are considerations of aiming the victorious Auguste Rodin at the Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States later in the year. 

Meanwhile, in the Sprint Cup at Haydock, Regional thwarted Shaquille's bid for a seventh consecutive win. This marked a significant achievement for trainer Ed Bethell and jockey Callum Rodriguez, as it was their first Group One victory. Shaquille, initially strong, faded in the final two furlongs and finished at the back of the pack. Regional surged ahead to secure victory by a neck, despite a formidable challenge from the 50-1 outsider Shouldvebeenaring, who claimed second place.

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