Another battle won by Churchill

Churchill hardened as favourite for the 2000 Guineas after a typically hard-fought victory in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.

Churchill and jockey Ryan Moore

The 8/11 favourite was held up in mid-division in the early stages under Ryan Moore as his stablemate and 66/1 outsider Lancaster Bomber cut out the early gallop hard on the stands' rail.

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Two furlongs out, the field fanned across the course to try and throw down their challenge and Moore briefly had to work, with the strong-travelling Blue Point on the outside and Thunder Snow also ready to get involved.

But Churchill answered his jockey's call, as he has kept doing this season, made some space and went on to score with something in hand, Lancaster Bomber rallying back past rivals for second place – the second day running that O'Brien had bagged a one-two in a juvenile Group One.

Sky Bet cut the winner from 5/2 to 6/4 for next year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas, with spokesman Michael Shinners saying: "The Dewhurst looked the best two-year-old race run this season and we've been forced to go 6/4 Churchill to win the Guineas after once again showing guts to match his class on the Rowley Mile."

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