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Trainer Aidan O'Brien wins 2000 Guineas for 8th time

Trainer Aidan O'Brien wins 2000 Guineas for 8th time

Churchill has given champion trainer Aidan O'Brien a record eighth win in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, while Kiwi-owned contender Eminent ran fifth.

Winter, ridden by Wayne Lordan, denied Ryan Moore a Guineas double as stablemate and 9-4 favorite Rhododendron was second, with Frankie Dettori third on Daban.

Winter was formerly trained by David Wachman who retired previous year.

Aidan O'Brien added: "I was very anxious about it being his first run".

"David always thought the world of her and told us she was going to be a Classic filly".

The wagering favorite, Rhododendron, was piloted by top jockey Ryan Moore but found traffic at an inopportune time in the race. She's a fine, big mare.

It was Rhododendron who was solidly favored to win Sunday's race, a straight-course mile run over good-to-firm going, but O'Brien had offered positive signs on Winter in the days leading up to the race.

"Everyone was happy with him at home, so that gave us some confidence to come here".

"Obviously a mile and a half you are not sure, but I think he can go down a lot of roads".

With Ryan Moore at the helm, Churchill, last season's champion two-year-old, was sitting patiently in third at the halfway stage, nearly stalking the early leaders and waiting for the right moment to strike. They make all the decisions about all the horses.

While Rhododendron endured something of a troubled run, Winter stayed out of trouble wide of the field. Rhododendron is a best-priced 3-1 with Ladbrokes to win the Oaks, with Winter a best-priced 10-1 with Betfair.

"You got the impression Rhododendron was unlucky, but when you looked at the victor, she was always traveling well and traveling within herself", he said.

She pulled clear in the final furlong and was five lengths ahead of French raider One Foot In Heaven at the line. When a horse is that big, you're always anxious about him going from two to three.


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