Aidan O’Brien confirms Caravaggio & Churchill retirements

Aidan O’Brien confirms Caravaggio & Churchill retirements

With 11 Group victories under their belts combined, we won’t be seeing them in 2018…

Aidan O’Brien has this morning confirmed that two of his stable stars in the form of four time Group 1 winner Churchill and two time Group 1 winner Caravaggio will be retired at the end of this season. The news comes off the back of fairly disappointing seasons for the pair with Churchill winning just two of his three races and Caravaggio triumphing in three of his five.

Churchill headed into this season off the back of five consecutive victories as a two-year-old with his most notable one coming towards the end of last season in the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh. He opened his account as a three-year-old in impressive style with a 2000 Guineas double but since then he has been on the decline losing his last three including two runs over a mile and a quarter. It looks highly likely that he will have his last run at Champions Day at Ascot as he holds entries for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile and the Champions Stakes over a mile and a quarter. “We’re favouring him going over a mile at Ascot, but he has the chance of the Champion Stakes too” was what AP O’Brien had to say regarding his Champions Day chances but wherever and however he does end up running, he’ll leave a solid legacy behind him.

 

Now for O’Brien’s other stable star Caravaggio. He was unbeaten as a two-year-old and finished off his debut season in style winning the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh. He maintained his faultless record with two wins in his first two races as a three-year-old in the EMS Copiers Lacken Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but then came unstuck in the Darley July Cup and Maurice De Gheest losing out to Harry Angel and Brando respectively. He was then dropped back down to 5f for the first time since his second career run and he won impressively against a relatively poor field and this has now set him up nicely for a shot at the Champion Sprint Stakes on Champions Day in what looks as if it will be his final fairwell.

It’s safe to say both of these horses have had outstanding careers but we can’t help but think that both have probably under achieved. Yes, their defeats this year have come against excellent horses but the potential they showed as two-year-olds, they should have been more than capable of going on to bigger and better things than they did this year. What do you guys think? Tweet us your thoughts into @TWEnclosure!

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