Churchill had already backed up his two-year-old promise when landing the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas and he followed that win up in some style as he bagged the Guineas double at the Curragh
CHURCHILL battled through miserable conditions to land the Guineas double with victory in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt was looking to back up his QIPCO 2,000 Guineas win, and he did so in some style.
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Settling in midfield, when the going got tough it looked as if Godolphin’s Thunder Snow would give him something to think about it.
However, Churchill quickly swept past him under Ryan Moore to record a comfortable two-length success.
Moore said: “He’s been such a pleasure to ride from day one.
“We went a good gallop and he relaxes so well, but you could just tell he wasn’t really enjoying the ground.
“I had to pick him up and when I asked him, he picked up Christophe (Soumillon, on Thunder Snow) a lot sooner than what I expected him to do.
“I think he’s a very talented horse, he does everything you want him to do as a jockey and he ticks all the boxes.
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“He goes to sleep on you and he’s such a good mover, that’s the thing that always stands out with him.
“When you sit on him, there’s a lot of power underneath you and he never misses a beat.
“I think he’s a very special horse.”
O’Brien was winning the race for the 11th time and has now trained seven of the last 10 winners of the first Classic of the Irish season.
Churchill becomes the fourth Ballydoyle inmate to complete the Guineas double following the previous successes of Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008) and Gleneagles (2015).
O’Brien said: “He’s a great horse and we’re delighted with him.
“He sleeps, he relaxes and he quickens. He’s a very exciting horse.
“The ground was a concern, but Donnacha (O’Brien) rides him in all his work and he said it’d be no problem, so that gave us great confidence to keep going.
“He’s brave and so versatile. Ground and trip all come alike to him and he has a lovely demeanour. He saves all the petrol, and when you ask him to quicken he quickens.
“Coming here we were thinking we’d go from here to Ascot and he’ll probably go for the St James’s Palace Stakes.
“He’d have no problem stepping up to 10 furlongs later in the year. He’s so relaxed and chilled.”