Friday 15 December 2017

'So far so good' with Churchill - O'Brien

Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

Aidan O'Brien will finalise plans for the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas next week, and it is quite possible hot ante-post favourite Churchill will be his only runner.

The brilliant son of Galileo has pleased his trainer so far and, with plans for Caravaggio not yet firmed up, O'Brien is unsure as to whether or not a stablemate will join his ace card at Newmarket this day fortnight.

"It's so far so good with Churchill, everything is going well. I'm not sure really about how many we'll have in the race, but we'll look at that next week," the trainer said. "(Regarding the Investec Derby), we are only really thinking about the Guineas with Churchill for now."

Leading Derby fancy Cliffs Of Moher is being aimed at a trial. "He will hopefully appear around the Chester trials. He's coming along nicely, though in an ideal world I'd have preferred to have two runs before the Derby."

Annie Power has been revealed to be in foal to Camelot, but hopes are still high that she will run at the Punchestown Festival.

Meanwhile, the Turf Club's Referrals Committee meeting yesterday with trainer Luke Comer ended without resolution after around six hours. The integrity body met Comer to see if he was in breach of any rules as a result of inspections carried out at his training establishment. The matter was adjourned to May 8.

Elsewhere, Barry Geraghty, sidelined with injury at the moment, has paid tribute to Paul Moloney, who has announced his retirement. "We will miss him in the weighroom... watching him win on horses that never should have," he tweeted.

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