IT’S all about Churchill for Johnb today with the 11-8 favourite going for glory in the 2000 Guineas.
Our man backed it ante-post at 20-1 and double stake at 11-8 for today’s big race and has napped it agains. He says: “You won’t recognise him – he’s bigger, stronger, muscle where muscle is meant to be and more. He has the perfect shape, he strolls about like he owns the place and is supposed to be a lot quicker.
“In the past for 3yo’s in Classics I have backed Golden Horn, Sea The Stars, Camelot, Zafonic, Rodrigo De Triano, Pennekamp and many more but Churchill excites me. If he wins the Derby it will shock breeders worldwide because he is bred for speed but I can see him winning both the Guineas and Derby, I may be wrong but I don’t have A worry about Saturday.”
Johnb’s Saturday Tips
Churchill 11-8 NAP
Eagle Creek 4-1 NB
Also 3×0.5pt doubles & 1×0.5pt treble
Also a single on Grapevine to be placed at 9-4
Total 6pts staked
You can’t be anything but impressed with this horse last time out. Although only coming second he was caught right on the line by the favourite. Grapevine had a terrible passage at Newbury, bumped in among horses and even run up the back of another horse and fought Andrea Atzeni for most of the race. He only really settled when entering the home straight then cruised to lead just over a furlong out. Atzeni then pushed him to lead by a couple of lengths at the half furlong pole. Grapevine didn’t really stop in front but maybe just needed the run for that little bit extra fitness but I did like that run.
I tipped this horse up last time out and he was impressive, I am just surprised he is available at 4-1 for this race, he is well thought of by connections and even has an entry for the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. A certain Churchill is favourite for that race and other entries include Barney Roy, Al Wukair and Eminent to name but a few, so you can see what connections think of him. When I tipped him last time I said the Simon Crisford horses come on for a run so it was good to see him win by six lengths on this season’s debut and with more improvement he should be able to win this even against a short-priced favourite.
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