O’Brien’s dual Guineas winner missed an outing at Goodwood due to the soft ground and connections are keen to try a new trip and get him back in the winners’ enclosure
AIDAN O’BRIEN is ready to step Churchill up in trip for next week’s Juddmonte International at York.
O’Brien’s colt skipped the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and connections are hoping the dual Guineas winner can bounce back to winning ways on his first try at a mile and a quarter.
Should Churchill run, he will renew his rivalry with Barney Roy who beat him in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
O’Brien told www.sportinglife.com: “Churchill looks like he is going to go there. We are happy with him and we are looking forward to it.
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“If he is going to go there (mile and a quarter) we need to try it now. We always thought it would be well within his compass.”
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O’Brien added: “Capri is in it and Venice Beach is in it. That type of horse they are all there. The horse that won at Leopardstown the other night (Spanish Steps) is in it.
“So we have three or four possibles for that.”
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He gained his second win of the season after landing a six furlong Group 3 at the Curragh on Sunday.
He added: “That is where he could end up next. A fast pace and following the other horses will suit him. That’s very possible.”