Trainer Aidan O’Brien feels that is now over never to send his superstar Churchill over 10 furlongs. O’Brien will send Churchill to the Juddmonte International next week at York. Churchill was pulled out at the last minute at Glorious Goodwood due to concerns over the soft ground. Churchill was scheduled to run the Group 1 Sussex Stakes until two days of rain made the ground at Goodwood very soft, O’Brien aired on the side of caution with his star. Churchill is the winner of both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas. Both these Group 1 victories came over a mile, now O’Brien is set to step Churchill to a mile and a quarter.
O’Brien told www.sportinglife.com: “Churchill looks like he is going to go there. We are happy with him, and we are looking forward to it.
“If he is going to go there (mile and a quarter) we need to try it now. We always thought it would be well within his compass.”
Should O’Brien step Churchill up to a mile and a quarter, then Churchill will head to head with Barney Roy. The pair last met at Ascot in the St James Palace Stakes, when Barney Roy finished in front of Churchill. Churchill is a best price or 3/1 for the Juddmonte International.