Churchill beats Mehmas in the National Stakes at the Curragh Image by

Churchill beats Mehmas in the National Stakes at the Curragh
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Churchill had been open to criticism after his latest workmanlike victory, but left no room for argument here, as he trounced his rivals in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh today.

Seven colts lined up for Ireland’s championship race for two year olds, over seven furlongs.

At the off it was Lancaster Bomber who emerged first, with Psychedelic Funk fast away too on the inside.

Settling down, Lancaster Bomber set off a couple of lengths clear of Lockheed and Churchill, with Fin McCool next and then Mehmas, Psychedelic Funk and Son Of Rest.

Racing to the two furlong pole, Lancaster Bomber was gathered by Lockheed, Churchill and Mehmas, with the latter to going on.

However, Churchill lengthened impressively to go away from Mehmas and to underline his credentials with a high class performance.

Mehmas had no answer to his rival who won by perhaps four lengths, with Lockheed third.

The Aidan O’Brien trained Churchill, a son of Galileo, had seemed rather lazy in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the same venue last month, but put up a much more authoritative performance here under Ryan Moore, to stamp himself Champion Two Year Old.

Moore said: “He’s a very exciting colt. He’s done nothing wrong his whole life and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to come from him in the future. He has plenty of pace.

“Mehmas has won two Group Twos over six and when he came to me he found plenty.

“I think he has a big future.”