Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco added to his Group 1 r &eacute; sum &eacute; with a unchallenged and emphatic victory in Saturday&rsquo;s Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.\r\nAll the buzz before the race was about Rip Van Winkle, the pick of the Aidan O&rsquo;Brien-trained trio, and he started at 8-11 under jockey Johnny Murtagh.\r\nHowever, Cape Blanco shot out to the lead of the 10-furlong event under Seamus Heffernan and looked full of run. He was four lengths clear of Sea Lord at half-way and had that rival under pressure well before the straight. He increased his advantage in the straight and finished 5 1/2 lengths in front.\r\nRip Van Winkle made a move from fifth as the field turned for home. Although he plugged on to take second on the line from Twice Over, he never looked capable of catching the winner.\r\nAt 6-1, Cape Blanco headed an O&rsquo;Brien 1-2-4 finish as Beethoven filled the fourth spot, just ahead of Sea Lord, while Dermot Weld&rsquo;s Famous Name rounded out the field.\r\nSpeaking after the race, O&rsquo;Brien was upbeat.\r\n&ldquo;Cape Blanco was a nice 2-year-old who was a Group 2 winner last season,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve always thought a lot of him and thought that a mile and a quarter on nice ground was always going to be his best conditions.&rdquo;\r\nAbout Rip Van Winkle, O&rsquo;Brien added; &ldquo;Johnny said he&rsquo;d run a good race, but the ground ideally could have been quicker for him. Rip&rsquo;s a miler who can get 10 furlongs, while Cape Blanco&rsquo;s best distances are a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.&rdquo;\r\n&ldquo;Plans are open for both, and they&rsquo;re entered in everything, but Rip wouldn&rsquo;t mind going back to a mile&rdquo;\r\nThe Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which Rip Van Winkle won last year, looks an obvious target.