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CHURCHILL ce­mented his po­si­tion as this sea­son’s star three-year- old miler with vic­tory in the Tat­ter­salls Ir­ish 2000 Guineas at the Cur­ragh yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing his tri­umph at New­mar­ket the Galileo colt had to deal with vastly dif­fer­ent ground on this oc­ca­sion.

Heavy rain through­out the morn­ing turned the ground at the Cur­ragh to yield­ing to soft and this was un­ques­tion­ably a ma­jor con­cern for the mar­ket leader.

How­ever, Churchill dis­played the ver­sa­til­ity and class that be­longs to only the out­stand­ing cham­pi­ons. The odds on favourite was given a pa­tient ride by Ryan Moore and when he was asked to quicken he re­sponded in fine style.

He moved past Godol­phin’s Thun­der Snow to lead with well over a fur­long to run and he kept go­ing well to pre­vail by two and a half lengths.

Ir­ish­cor­re­spon­dent se­cured third for Michael Hal­ford with fourth place go­ing to Glas­ton­bury Song.

“He’s an un­be­liev­able colt and he’s as brave as a lion too. Ground, trip and track, they all seem to come alike to him,” said O’brien. “The ground was a con­cern but Ryan (Moore) and Donnacha (O’brien) were con­fi­dent he would han­dle it. “The ground prob­a­bly would have been a big­ger con­cern if it was his first run of the sea­son.” In terms of the fu­ture O’brien in­di­cated that Churchill would stay at a mile for the time be­ing. “The plan af­ter would be the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal As­cot and when the time comes I don’t think he’ll have a prob­lem go­ing 10 fur­longs.”

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