Business as usual for a deadly duo
Trainers - horsemen, women of the game generally - are a different breed. There was the talk of Jessica Harrington having a celebratory dinner down the country after returning to Ireland from Cheltenham and, at 70, rising for a day's work after only a handful of hours' sleep.
Better again one of her peers flew to Australia to see a horse bound for the Melbourne Cup do a piece of exercise and got a flight back after spending less than 24 hours in the country.
If you had a runner at an English meeting of a Saturday and another at the same track on Sunday, you would hardly go home on the Saturday evening? That is what Aidan O'Brien (right) did between winning one Guineas and another at the weekend.
Only a portion of us have access to the chopper - and the riches ready for O'Brien give him an advantage over smaller trainers. For example, he was able to dictate tactics in both the Classics at Newmarket, with Andre Fabre reportedly livid at how the males' contest worked out for Al Wukair.
Fabre is nothing if not enigmatic and, while his frustration was understandable, as his horse did not exactly get the run of the race, it was hard to see why he was so energised by it all. Ballydoyle perfected planning and Churchill's race went like clockwork.
He was cut into 5/2 for the Derby by one bookmaker, the words of O'Brien (below) somewhat surprising. "He is very relaxed and will probably get as far as you want him to get," he commented before the horse had returned to Newmarket's winner's circle - and the timing is significant.
O'Brien's adrenaline might have won a joust with judgement; with greater time for rumination, he may offer new insights, as Churchill looks unlikely to stay a Derby trip.
I put it to my own peers in the Leopardstown press-room yesterday and not one felt he'd get a mile and a half.
The dam won over five furlongs (albeit only raced at two and was bred for farther).
Churchill will quite feasibly stay ten furlongs but a race run at a generous speed at a mile - and Coolmore will always be able to ensure that - is possibly going to prove ideal.
The success of Winter in the fillies' Classic means that O'Brien has won 13 of the last 27 British Classic races. Eight of those were progeny of Galileo, three by a sire now dead (Montjeu).
O'Brien quickly paid tribute to her former trainer, David Wachman. His dominance knows no cessation, yet the importance of Galileo - sire of both Churchill and Winter - can hardly be exaggerated. With the War Front project producing mixed results, John Magnier and his partners have limited enough attractive options for their many regally bred mares by Galileo.
And when the stallion, now 19, passes on, they will count their lucky stars if one of his sons is nearly as influential.
The British, who took a battering at Cheltenham and another at Newmarket, must be praying for racing there that Frankel is not only one of the greatest horses ever but also intelligent enough to buy into a hype about his runners that flirts with hysteria.
With a view to the Derby, Cliffs Of Moher - which is to return on the Dee Stakes on Friday - and Sir John Lavery interest this column more than Churchill. And the Derrinstown followed the clear pattern of not being an especially relevant Epsom trial.
That flawed adage - if you have three Derby hopes you have none - came to mind after stablemates Douglas Macarthur, Yucatan and Capri were near-impossible to split at the wire, all having their second run of the term.
There seemed to be more interest in the bouncy castles than the racing at Leopardstown on a sumptuous summer's day and that seemed oddly appropriate, since the Derrinstown, less than inspiring beforehand, ran accordingly.
None of these looks good enough to win the Derby, but at least their stamina seems assured.
Another horse which with no fear about a mile and a half is Always Dreaming, which fashioned a stunning victory in the Kentucky Derby - a fitting first success in the race for Todd Pletcher and long-time ally John Velazquez as a duo.
Pletcher was one for 45 in the Kentucky Derby going into it but the colt did not appreciate this.
One day Always Dreaming may become a top stallion. The way he finished off the race, albeit avoiding the kickback others endured - with utter determination and class - will make him an attractive proposition.
Galileo consistently implants a will to win in his progeny too and his legacy even now is simply sensational.
His success traces back to Vincent O'Brien sourcing Galileo's grandfather Northern Dancer - which, like Always Dreaming, won the Kentucky Derby. His namesake will never contemplate publicly that he even belongs in the same sentence as Vincent. John Magnier knows, though - and so do we.
RIDE OF THE WEEK
Robbie Downey likes to ride patiently and he guided Eddie Lynam's Miss Power home to win by a head at Naas last Monday.
GAMBLE OF THE WEEK
Winter's price for the 1,000 Guineas contracted last week, rushed from 33/1 into 8/1. She provided Wayne Lordan with his first Classic winner at 9/1.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"He was some character, so genuine. It is unfortunate; so many people wanted him when he retired because he was such a lovely horse. He took us to so many places; the plan this year was to go back out to Melbourne."
- Tony Martin on last year's Melbourne Cup runner-up Heartbreak City, which suffered a fatal injury while in work on Saturday.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
"Big thanks to our owners & staff to win Champion Trainer title. I would have loved to share it with @gelliott_racing"
- Willie Mullins (@WillieMullinsNH) is a gentleman in victory. Though we are not quite sure if we believe him or not.