Churchill Colt Races Clear To Maiden Success
The Acropolis (2c Churchill - Hairy Rocket, by Pivotal) shaped like an exciting prospect when running out an impressive winner of Sunday’s Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Listowel.
A promising fourth on debut at the Curragh, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt was sent off favourite for the six and a half furlong contest. Racing close to the pace under Wayne Lordan, the bay was travelling well with two furlongs left to race and led approaching the final furlong. Running on well, he scored by three and a half lengths comfortably.
Speaking after the race, Lordan said, “He is a fine big strong two-year-old and is a very likeable horse, and always did well at home. The Churchills are very good movers and give you a very good feel.”
Owned by Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Westerberg, The Acropolis was bred by Frank Dunne. Out of Queen Mary Stakes third Hairy Rocket, the smart colt becomes the latest first crop winner by champion two-year-old and dual Guineas victor Churchill.