Churchill To Face Seven Rivals Tomorrow

Written 6 days ago by Will O'Callaghan


Aidan O’Brien’s star colt Churchill will face seven rivals in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next Tuesday, bidding to supplement his notable Irish and English 2,000 Guineas double.

The Coolmore-owned son of Galileo renews rivalry with Richard Hannon’s Barney Roy, who met with trouble in running before finishing second in the English Guineas, and is sure to put up a good fight against the progressive Ballydoyle challenger.

O’Brien has enjoyed some terrific success with his team at the Royal meeting and travels to the Berkshire track next week with 55 wins already to his credit there. He has won the St James’s Palace Stakes on seven occasions.

Irish interest on the opening day is strong with the unbeaten Brother Bear, trained in Moone by Jessica Harrington, one of four Irish-trained challengers in the Coventry Stakes.

Willie Mullins has won the Ascot Stakes twice before with Simenon (2012) and Clondaw Warrior (2015) and is represented by Thomas Hobson in the same race next Tuesday. Ryan Moore is booked to ride the seven-year-old, an eight-time career winner under both codes.

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