Turf Talk: O’Brien takes now-or-never approach with Churchill over ten furlongs in next week’s Juddmonte

Churchill, winning the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May underRyan Moore. PIC: PA Wire
Churchill, winning the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May underRyan Moore. PIC: PA Wire
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AIDAN O’Brien feels that it is now or never to try Churchill over 10 furlongs in next week’s Juddmonte International at York.

After side-stepping an outing with the son of Galileo in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on account of the soft ground the Ballydoyle handler will now step the English and Irish 2000 Guineas winner up to a mile and a quarter.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. PIC: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. PIC: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Should Churchill take his chances on the Knavesmire it will see him renew his rivalries with Barney Roy, whom he finished fourth behind in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on his most recent start.

O’Brien said: “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.”

Irish Derby winner Capri could bid to bolster his position at the the head of the market for the William Hill St Leger with an outing in the Betway Great Voltigeur.

Benbatl is being lined up for a tilt at the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire

Benbatl is being lined up for a tilt at the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October. PIC: John Walton/PA Wire

O’Brien added: “Capri is in it and Venice Beach is in it. That type of horse they are all there. The horse that won at Leopardstown the other night (Spanish Steps) is in it. So we have three or four possibles for that.”

Plans are in place to drop Washington DC back down to the minimum trip on the Knavesmire for a second shot at the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

The son of Zoffany gained his second win of the season after landing a six furlong Group Three at the Curragh on Sunday.

O’Brien added: “That is where he could end up next. A fast pace and following the other horses will suit him. That’s very possible.”

n Saeed bin Suroor is looking towards the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 21 with Benbatl.

The trainer said: “I think his best distance is between 10 and 12 furlongs. Maybe the Champion Stakes at Ascot might be a good plan for him.”

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

BEVERLEY: 2.10 Dandy’s Beano, 2.40 Wensley, 3.10 Baileys Excelerate, 3.40 Chiswick Bay, 4.10 Barwell, 4.40 Miss Danby, 5.15 Regal Mirage (treble), 5.45 Foxtrot Knight.

SALISBURY: 1.50 Strategist (next best), 2.20 Buffer Zone, 2.50 Dandy Flame, 3.20 Rigoletto, 3.50 COCONUT CREME (NAP), 4.20 Know Your Limit, 4.50 Bengal Lancer.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.00 Kereman, 2.30 Snow Castle, 3.00 Bach De Clermont, 3.30 Alcala, 4.00 Light Of Air, 4.30 Clo Sacre, 5.00 Vintage Paradise.

KEMPTON: 6.10 Roses In June, 6.40 Expressiy, 7.10 Cameo Star, 7.40 Amenta, 8.10 Scoones, 8.40 Plant Pot Power, 9.10 Powered.

BANGOR: 5.50 Aldrin, 6.20 Pershing, 6.50 Court Dismissed, 7.20 Mister Universum, 7.50 Miami Present, 8.20 Sky Of Stars.

Trainer Hugo Palmer.

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