Watching Brief . . .
IT is now standard for Aidan O'Brien to run his main 2,000 Guineas horses for the first time that season in the Classic.
Perhaps modern training is such that Flat horses do not really need a prep anymore, even for a race like this. His chief hope is Churchill, and his comments about the son of Galileo this week will not discourage his backers.
O'Brien does not usually say much good or bad before a race, so these remarks are especially telling. "He's doing everything unbelievably well at the moment," he enthused. "From this coming weekend it's three weeks to the 2,000 Guineas, so the next two weeks will be key, but he's doing unbelievable at the moment."
Churchill races in a somewhat lazy manner, which may imply that he could get a Derby trip, but to this eye he looks a Guineas horse all day long. Currently priced around 6/4, he finds plenty for pressure and there is every chance that he could go off odds-on under Ryan Moore.
It will be intriguing to see afterwards what O'Brien elects to do with him. Champion Stakes later in the campaign?