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Classic contenders in the spotlight: Clemmie

11 Apr 2018

Will Clemmie emulate her brother, Churchill, and win a Classic or two? We consider the evidence.

Clemmie and Ryan Moore power home in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket. Picture:


Trainer: Aidan O’Brien. Form: 37111

Coolmore get plenty of things right, including when it comes to naming their horses.

Clemmie is a sister of Churchill, winner of the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Irish equivalent, and did not get her moniker by accident. Clemmie was the name of Winston Churchill’s wife.

Like her equine brother, who won four Group 1 races in his career, Clemmie has bundles of ability, with three runs in 21 days and plenty of travelling involved also testifying to her toughness.

A highly promising debut was followed by a creditable seventh in the Albany Stakes and, having clearly derived plenty of benefit from the latter run, she won a Group 3 contest at the Curragh nine days later.

Only a dozen days after that, she followed up in the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

Clemmie was then off track for more than two months – she missed the Moyglare Stakes because of soft ground – but when she returned she was better than ever, staying on powerfully to land the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at the main expense of Different League (who had won the Albany) back at Headquarters.

Cheveley Park winners often fail through lack of stamina in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas but Clemmie looked as though she was winning her races over 6f in spite of the trip, rather than because of it.

She seems sure to relish a mile, just like her big brother before her.

O’Brien said last month: “She has wintered well and we’re very happy with her. Obviously she’s not as big physically as Churchill (full-brother) was but everything is right with her.

“She’s fast and I wouldn’t be sure how much further than a mile she’d stay.”