Churchill and Promise To Be True captured the two Group 2 prizes for juveniles in Leopardstown last night, part of a treble for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
Winner of the Chesham Stakes in Royal Ascot last time, 2/5 shot Churchill again showed signs of inexperience on his way to a neck victory over Alexios Komnenos in the Japan Racing Association Tyros Stakes, a race Ballydoyle has won with Gleneagles and Deauville in the last two years.
Both O’Brien and Moore expressed their satisfaction with the performance, Churchill’s trainer commenting: “He’s very babyish and green and immature when he gets there. But he travelled great and got there easily. Ryan said he didn’t see the other horse until late, but felt our horse won well. He might go for the Futurity (August 21st at the Curragh) now.”
Earlier, O’Brien nominated the Group 2 Debutante Stakes as the next likely target for Promise To Be True after she built on her debut success in Tipperary to win the Jockey Club Of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes at the expense of Take a Deep Breath.
“She’s a lovely filly,” said O’Brien. “Seamus (Heffernan) nursed her in Tipperary and she came forward nicely, You’d have to be very happy with the way she came through the gap tonight. And she should learn plenty from it.
“The Debutante (also at the Curragh on August 21) might suit her.”
The well-touted Douglas Macarthur, last when sent off 2/5 favourite for his debut, made amends in style when making all to land the opening mile maiden and spark the O’Brien/Moore treble.
The son of Galileo dictated the pace and stretched clear up the straight to beat Ger Lyons’ World War by five lengths.
“He was so green the first day and needed to learn,” said O’Brien. “In his mind, he’s sleepy still. But he’d been doing good things at home. And we know he has a massive engine.”
O’Brien confirmed he’ll give the colt time before his next outing, which will probably be in either the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh or the Golden Fleece, back at Leopardstown, on Champions Weekend.
Jim Bolger is planning a crack at the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes, in Cork on August 2nd after Siamsaiocht’s gutsy victory, under Kevin Manning, in the concluding four-runner rated race.
And, in the handicap action, Johnny Murtagh continued his rich vein of form when Windsor Beach (Denis Linehan) won the apprentice handicap, the trainer’s 17th winner of the season.
The Tom Mullins-trained Tara Dylan proved a shock (25/1) winner of the Booka Brass Band Handicap.
And Kadra, trained by Michael Halford for the Aga Khan and ridden by Shane Foley, proved best in the Racecourse Of The Year Handicap.
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