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Churchill cut to evens for Leopardstown as O'Brien goes for record

Churchill: has been popular in the Irish Champion Stakes
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Churchill, runner-up in the Juddmonte International Stakes, has been cut to a general evens for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next Saturday.

The dual Guineas winner was cut across the boards on Friday morning, with Sky Bet standing firm at 11-10, but that may not last long with other firms going evens or even a shade of odds-on.

William Hill brought Churchill in from 6-4 to evens, and their spokesman Rupert Adams said: "It's still a decent field but Churchill is the only one we can lay."

The next horse in the betting, Highland Reel, is also trained at Ballydoyle, and overall, O'Brien has ten possibles for the race.

Adams also reported that a related bet, Aidan O'Brien to train 26 or more Group/Grade 1 winners this year, is strong at 7-4 as a result.

"The odds now suggest that Aidan O'Brien has a great chance of beating Bobby Frankel's long-standing record for Group 1 winners," he said.

Frankel's record of 25 has stood since 2003. O'Brien recorded 22 on the Flat last year (one over jumps) and was at this stage on 13, one behind his 2017 pace.

It's still a decent field but Churchill is the only one we can lay
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