Churchill acquires Guineas double at the Curragh
It was all too easy for Churchill in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh as he completed a Classic double with a comfortable victory. Churchill’s stable companions Lancaster Bomber and Spirit of Valor helped him with a nice lead in the race, but it was Godolphin’s Thunder Snow who did his best to make a race out of it, but Churchill was too good to see him off by two and a half lengths under Ryan Moore. Moore was nothing but praises for Aidan O’Brien’s colt terming him as a very special and obedient horse. O’Brien has now trained seven of the last ten horses that won the first Classic of the Irish season as he won the race for the 11th time. Churchill followed the path of Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008) and Gleneagles (2015) to become the fourth Ballydoyle inmate to complete the Guineas double.
Winter completes Classic double with Curragh glory
Newmarket Heroine Winter not only dominated her rivals but provided some fine display of racing to complete the double in the Tattersall Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Aidan O’ Brien’s filly Winter beat his stable companion and hot favourite Rhododendron to win the Guineas over the Rowey Mile three weeks ago. Hydrangea and Mick Halford trained Rehana looked strong, but Winter was able to loom ominously alongside racing inside the three furlongs before she took a lead that was too difficult to catch up with. Roly Poly finished second while Hydrangea finished third, meaning all the three spots belonged to O’Brien. Ryan Moore was very happy with Winter’s performance as he had to demand very little from her to be competitive. Moore hinted that he might think of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot for Winter, but it is too soon to confirm.
Epsom Derby 2017 to have £1.625m purse for the Classic
The entries of two late horses in Permian, who was successful in the Dante States at York and Goodwood’s winner Khalidi saw the total purse for the Classic for this year’s Epsom Derby raised to £1.625m. Although, the John-Gosden trained Cracksman remains the favourite to win the Classic. Gina Mangan will ride Diore Lia trained by John Jenkins. Her owner Richard Aylward is keen on having her chance and generate publicity and funds in favour of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Jenkins had an outside runner before in the Derby, and it didn’t finish last, and in spite of odds not being in favour of Lia, Jenkins remains quite optimistic of the filly doing well in the race.