Churchill flew away with a comfortable success at the Curragh
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Dew 2:50PM 21 AUG 2016
Report: Curragh, Sunday
Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes (Group 2), 7f, 2yo only
The Aidan O’Brien-trained juvenile was sent off at 1-4 after stablemate Capri was declared a non-runner and he duly made it three wins from four starts, following up successes in Listed and Group 3 company.
O’Brien was winning the race for the third time in four years and connections will be hoping their latest Futurity winner can emulate Gleneagles, who scored in 2014 before going on to land the 2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes.
The trainer said: “He’s lazy and doesn’t do a lot when he gets to the front, but he quickened nicely to get there. He’ll come back here for the National Stakes next month.
“We think he’s a Guineas horse and that he’ll get further than a mile. He might get a mile and a half but the way he works you wouldn’t be sure about that at this stage.”
Most bookmakers left Churchill unchanged at around 8-1 for the Newmarket Classic.