Churchill Walking

Seventh Winner for Churchill

Promising colt Unconquerable (2c Churchill x Rien Ne Vas Plus, by Oasis Dream) became the seventh first crop winner for Churchill after scoring at Naas in Ireland on Saturday.

The Donnacha O’Brien trained colt won by a length over seven furlongs after finishing second at his two previous outings.

“He deserved it as he's bumped into a few nice ones. Judging by that he's still learning and probably wants a bit further,” said Donnacha O'Brien.

“I always thought he was a good horse and still do but probably up in trip. He's going to be better next year as well.”

Unconquerable was a 210,000 guinea purchase for MV Magnier from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is the first winner for Rien Ne Vas Plus, a placed half-sister by Oasis Dream to Group I Epsom Derby winner North Light and two other stakes-winners.

Unconquerable picked up a 20,000 pound Tattersalls bonus for his win and holds an entry for the Group I National Stakes at The Curragh in September. He is the seventh first crop winner for Churchill, who also has five more placed runners.

A brilliant miler that won four Group I races at two and three, Churchill returns to Australia this spring at a fee of $22,000 and will have his first runners here next season.

His yearlings have sold strongly here this year with 35 in total selling at average in excess of $108,000 with his top seller a colt from Heaven’s Touch that made $250,000 at Magic Millions when snapped up by Anthony Freedman Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock P/L.