It was a case of quality over quantity this Sunday, with a number of intriguing and high quality group races taking place in Ireland and France. There was a real sense of excitement before Lady Aurelia’s return to the track in the Prix Morny, and despite winning; critics were quick to jump on the bandwagon opposing her believing we have already seen the best of her. This may be the case, but one victory that wasn’t over 7L is hardly the start of the ‘regression’ already banded around. Speedy Boarding won James Fanshawe a big Group 1 victory and Nearly Caught won the Group 2 on the card at Deauville to ensure a double for British trainers. At the Curragh, neither US Army Ranger or Fascinating Rock could prevent Success Days winning the Royal Whip, although connections were quick to point out the race was merely used as preparation work.
2 45 CHURCHILL (A O’Brien) 1/4, Group 2 2YO, 7F, Yielding to Soft
Churchill’s win was not a mindblowing performance by any stretch of the imagination, but was more a run that in the long-term may be of some significance. He again proved to be a juvenile that looks as if there is plenty still to come and more importantly that a mile looks comfortably achievable. You’d have to assume, at this point anyway, that AOB will certainly be edging towards the Guineas with Churchill. He is a horse with filling out still to be done and a longer trip will see further improvement. The race at the Curragh was not the greatest and when Capri was withdrawn, Churchill being sent off the 1/4 FAV tells you most of what you need to know. He is a horse with a huge future, something that can’t be said for all the juveniles that have left a serious impression so far this summer.