Churchill has been a stellar horse for Aidan O’Brien in his short career, however, punters are backing his winning streak to come crashing down at Royal Ascot.
The O’Brien-trained horse has won seven out of eight races, which includes six on the trot for the three-year-old. He was beaten on debut back in 2016, when running over soft conditions at Curragh, but has since gone onto win the Chesham Stakes, National Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, 2000 Guineas and the Irish 2000 Guineas in the famous O’Brien colours.
Barney Roy had a tricky run in the 2000 Guineas but still managed to be within a length of Churchill. That run appears to be the catalyst for punters to back the Richard Hannon-trained horse going one better at Ascot tomorrow. Even though Churchill has been the most popular horse in the market this month, with 42% of bets placed, the big stakes have been placed on the Godolphin horse.
Just over 55% of money staked in the race during June has been on Barney Roy, accounting for well over double the amount placed on the favourite, Churchill.
It’s not rare for punters to chase more value when there’s such a short priced favourite, but this normally happens when the next direct competitor is 7/1 or over. Oddschecker users must genuinely believe that Churchill is there for the taking on the opening day of Royal Ascot.