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Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien has Guineas not Derby in sights for Churchill | Sport


10.30am Churchill set for Irish Guineas rather than Derby

Tony Paley: Trainer Aidan O’Brien has said there is a “good chance” that the English 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill will run in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh a week on Saturday rather than head to the Investec Derby.

Churchill was cut in the Derby betting after his Guineas victory, but O’Brien has many other options in the premier Classic and might not ask him to step up to a mile and a half for the first time in his career.

The Ballydoyle handler told the Irish Independent: “There is a good chance Churchill will run in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, though nothing is set in stone.”

Friday racing preview, by Greg Wood

There have been some decidedly so-so renewals of the Yorkshire Cup in recent seasons, but this year’s race is a cut above. Seven of the eight runners are very plausible winners, including the ever-popular Clever Cookie, who returns at the age of nine to attempt a follow-up to his success in the same race last year, and the overnight market was struggling to find a clear favourite with Dartmouth, at 4-1, a half-point clear of Muntahaa and Simple Verse on 9-2.

There is so little between today’s runners on their best form that it is effectively a Group Two handicap, and only a victory for the 40-1 outsider High Jinx could be seen as a surprise. At the prices, though, Endless Time (3.30) has a great deal in her favour as she returns for a fourth season of competition.

Charlie Appleby’s mare has not had an outing this year, but she was making her seasonal debut when she took the Lancashire Oaks first time up in 2016, having won four of her five starts as a three-year-old. That was her only win in four outings last year, but she was highly tried, including a run in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, and she was the runner-up in Group One events on her last two starts. She is entered in the Gold Cup and the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, and is an interesting bet at around 6-1 to start her five-year-old campaign with a victory.

Florenza (4.35) was a length-and-a-half behind Hells Babe at Doncaster last month but is 4lb better off today and worth backing at around 7-1 to return to the form of her close third over course and distance at the Ebor meeting last year.

Paddy A (1.40) should continue his recent improvement in the opener at Newmarket this evening, while Reckless Wave (3.05) and Wasatch Range (4.45) should both go well at Newbury this afternoon. There is a good jumps card at Aintree this evening too, where Mahari (7.10) and Cooking Fat (7.45) will go to post with solid chances at around 5-2 and 8-1 respectively.

Friday’s tips

York 2.20 Faithful Promise 2.55 Dancing Breeze 3.30 Endless Time (nap) 4.05 Gibbs Hill 4.35 Florenza (nb) 5.05 Jack Flash 5.40 Alqamar

Newbury 1.30 Top Mission 2.00 Westerland 2.35 Ice Age 3.05 Reckless Wave 3.40 Balestra 4.15 Mabrook 4.45 Wasatch Range 5.20 Pink Ribbon

Newmarket 1.40 Paddy A 2.10 Bruny Island 2.45 War Whisper 3.20 Selection 3.55 Farquhar 4.25 Thafeera 4.55 Red Tea 5.30 Ancient Astronaut

Aintree 5.35 Lets Go Duchess 6.05 Gowanauthat 6.40 Free Stone Hill 7.10 Mahari 7.45 Cooking Fat 8.20 Virgilio 8.50 Roll Of The Dice

Hamilton 5.55 Unfortunately 6.25 Be Kool 7.00 Fivehundredmiles 7.30 Amazing Red 8.05 Springforth 8.40 El Hombre 9.10 Sea Of Green

Newcastle 5.45 Gold Town 6.15 Belle De Lawers 6.50 Flymetothestars 7.20 Prying Pandora 7.55 Fairy Lock 8.30 Navarone 9.00 Cosmic Sky



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