Clemmie has Royal target

Aidan O'Brien could send his duo to Royal Ascot

Aidan O'Brien will consider a trip to Royal Ascot for the stoutly-bred Clemmie following her encouraging racecourse debut at the Curragh on Saturday.

The daughter of Galileo attracted plenty of attention prior to her introduction as she is a full-sister to this year's dual 2000 Guineas hero Churchill.

Much like her sibling did on his debut at the corresponding fixture 12 months ago, Clemmie came home strongly to finish a close third and O'Brien expects her to improve for the experience.

Churchill progressed from his initial effort to win the Chesham Stakes at the Royal meeting last season.

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O'Brien said: "Ryan (Moore) was very happy with Clemmie. She was out the back early and I thought she was going to run badly looking at her early, but she finished very well.

"Churchill ran a race a little bit like that when he ran there on his debut."

Clemmie was one of two Ballydoyle bluebloods in the field, with Snowflakes – a full-sister to dual 1000 Guineas heroine Winter – finishing down the field.

"Donnacha (O'Brien) was very happy with his filly as well. It just closed up around him and he felt he went to the line on the bridle. She's obviously very smart as well," O'Brien added.

"Ascot probably will be in the equation (for both) and that was the reason for getting them out.

"We could look at the Chesham and the Albany, even though they will come on from it.

"If they go to Ascot and are green, so be it, it will be good experience for them and we'll definitely look at it."


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