Churchill ‘Never A Horse To Wilt,’ Points to Irish Champion Stakes

by | 08.27.2017 | 2:29pm
Churchill at Royal Ascot

Churchill could have his next start in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 9, a “Win and You're In” race for the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf.

The dual 2000 Guineas winner, who was forced to miss the Sussex Stakes following a downpour at Glorious Goodwood, ran with credit at York when finding only Ulysses too good in the Juddmonte International, on what was his first try at a trip beyond a mile.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: “We were very happy with Churchill. When we missed Goodwood, it just messed us up a little bit, but we we're very happy with the run. I would imagine that he'll come forward from it.”

When it was put to O'Brien that he stayed the extended mile and a quarter well, he added: “I'd say he did. He was never a horse to wilt, anyway. I think the run will bring him forward.

“We're thinking of the Irish Champion, but we'll see how he is.”

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