Churchill beats Radio Silence in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh Image by www.healyracing.ie

Churchill beats Radio Silence in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh
Image by www.healyracing.ie

Churchill, who is already a leading fancy for the 2017 Investec Derby, will take on six rivals in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Third on his debut, he has won his next three races, the Chesham at Royal Ascot, the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown and the Futurity Stakes last time out at this venue.

His trainer Aidan O’Brien has an incredible record in this Group One with 10 wins next to his name and Churchill is joined by stablemates Lancaster Bomber and Finn McCool this time around.

There is a strong challenge from Britain with Richard Hannon, successful in 2013 with Toormore, sending over the ultra-consistent Mehmas.

First seen out in May, he has danced every dance and bar a reverse over five furlongs at Sandown, the only other horse to beat him has been O’Brien’s Guineas favourite Caravaggio.

Joining him on the trip over is t he William Haggas-trained Lockheed, third in the Acomb, who adds further strength to the challenge.

Ger Lyons’ Psychedelic Funk is coming back after a break while Tommy Stack’s highly-regarded maiden Son Of Rest completes the seven runners.