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Churchill can outclass International challengers at York

 

By Chris Wilson

Churchill can show his true colours in what could be an epic renewal of the Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Anyone with even a passing interest in the sport will be hoping for a truly-run encounter as some of Flat racing's biggest names do battle on the Knavesmire.

Barney Roy and Ulysses will rightly have droves of supporters, while Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher looked unlucky in the Eclipse at Sandown. But preference is for Cliffs Of Moher's stablemate Churchill, the dual Guineas winner from Aidan O'Brien's yard.

Despite having won two Classics and four Group Ones, many are left cold by the Galileo colt, perhaps the most pertinent reason being that he does not do anything at all flashy on a racecourse.

At his best, he has a lovely, relaxed style which goes a long way to explaining why his trainer is convinced he will get this mile-and-a-quarter trip. This is a very important day for Churchill and O'Brien seldom falters on very important days.

BATH: 1.45 Our Lord, 2.15 Yafta, 2.50 Eugenic, 3.25 Spirit Of The Vale, 4.00 Impressive Day, 4.35 Delagate This Lord, 5.10 Captain George, 5.40 Unit Of Assessment.

CARLISLE: 1.35 Geesala Brave, 2.05 Albert Street, 2.40 Haworth, 3.15 Pomme De Terre, 3.50 Brother McGonagall, 4.25 Duck Egg Blue, 4.55 Renfrew Street, 5.25 Racquet.

KEMPTON: 6.15 Azezati, 6.45 Lady Macha, 7.15 Phalaborwa, 7.45 Mazyoun, 8.15 Corpus Chorister, 8.45 Atlanta Belle,

KILLARNEY: 3.10 Dawn Hoofer, 3.40 Aljunood, 4.10 Atlas, 4.45 Psychedelic Funk, 5.15 All The Mollies, 5.50 Jeremys Joy, 6.20 Bhutan.

WORCESTER: 5.00 The Geegeez Geegee, 5.30 Abidjan, 6.00 Mr Shantu, 6.30 Mcgroarty, 7.00 Oscar's Song, 7.30 Buble, 8.00 Mister Dick.

YORK: 1.55 Orion's Bow, 2.25 Dee Ex Bee, 3.00 Cracksman, 3.35 CHURCHILL (NAP), 4.15 Magic Circle, 4.50 Tathmeen.

DOUBLE: Churchill and Cracksman.

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