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Gleneagles could be Leopardstown bound after Juddmonte swerve

RacingBy Sunday World
Gleneagles may now head for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month
Gleneagles may now head for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month

Gleneagles could head for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month after being declared a non-runner in the Juddmonte International at York due to unsuitable ground.

The dual 2000 Guineas winner had been set to have his first start over 10 furlongs in a clash with unbeaten Derby hero Golden Horn, but persistent rain throughout Tuesday led to a marked softening of ground conditions on the Knavesmire.

After walking the track, trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He is a very fast horse, we saw at Newmarket what he could do on fast ground.

"It wouldn't be fair to ask him to run over 10 furlongs for the first time on this ground.

"It's soft in places and it wouldn't be fair on him.

"The lads were prepared to run him over 10 furlongs, but only on faster ground.

"We'll have a look a the Irish Champion (September 12) and if it is good to firm there we'd love to be there, if not he won't be "