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The champion two-year-old of 2016 wasted little time making an impact in 2017, winning the QIPCO 2000 GuineasAidan O’Brien a record eighth success in the first Classic of the season.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Churchill got what appeared a near-perfect trip behind front-running stablemate Lancaster Bomber before bagging the stands’ rail and keeping on strongly to hold off the strong late challenges of the previously unbeaten pair of Barney Roy and Al Wukair.
Winning jockey Ryan Moore, winning his second 2000 Guineas, said: “He’s such a straightforward horse to ride, he’s beaten the best of his age at two and he’s done it again here so he’s very hard to knock.
“He’s a beautiful mover, he’s got a fantastic mind, and he fills me with confidence in the race. He feels magnificent every time I sit on him.”
Moore was similarly complimentary when Churchill followed up in the Tattersalls-sponsored Irish 2000 Guineas on his next start, but then came a below-par fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot when hot favourite.
Moore said: “He was never comfortable. I’m not sure why.”
Connections were hoping he can redeem himself in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood but pulled him out less an hour before the race after heavy rain had made the ground bottomless.
Instead, he ran next in the Juddmonte International, when, stepping up to a mile-and-a-quarter for the first time, he finished a two-length runner-up to Ulysses.
He started 8-11 favourite for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next time but suffered some trouble in running and could not pick up, being beaten four lengths into seventh.
On his latest start, perhaps his final one in Europe, he was an honourable third behind Persuasive and Ribchester in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on Champions Day.
As a juvenile, Churchill was beaten on his debut but then carried all before him.
He lost his maiden tag with victory in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and then wins in Group 3 and Group 2 company followed before he signed off for the season with successive Group 1 triumphs in the National Stakes and Dewhurst.
He was awarded a rating of 122, making champion two-year-old of Europe.
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