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Aidan O’Brien’s Churchill adds Irish 2,000 Guineas to victory roll call

• Ryan Moore’s mount defies mud to cruise to Curragh win at odds of 4-9
• O’Brien blissful over Churchill’s ‘jig-joggy’ approach to racing

Teeming, unforecast quantities of rain drenched Ireland’s premier Flat racecourse in the buildup to the Irish 2,000 Guineas, as if the elements were determined to provide a new test for Churchill, the latest “unbeatable” to emerge from the Ballydoyle stable. The imposing colt returned spattered with muck but with an extra sheen on his reputation, having powered past Thunder Snow for a comfortable victory at odds of 4-9.

“It wouldn’t be his ground,” said Ryan Moore on dismounting, noting that the track had been similarly muddy on the only occasion Churchill was beaten, when making his debut a year ago. “He went through it because he’s such a strong horse but that ground wouldn’t suit a horse with his class.”

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