Take Me To Church (Churchill) Wins His Maiden At Dundalk

Promising Churchill Colt Delivers In Sprint Maiden

Take Me To Church (2c Churchill - Chances Are, by Dandy Man) built on promising placed efforts to win Wednesday’s six furlong maiden at Dundalk.

The Jack Davison-trained colt placed on both his previous starts over six furlongs and was sent off favourite to gain a deserved win on Wednesday. The chesnut made virtually all of the running under Ronan Whelan and responded well to pressure approaching the final furlong, keeping on to win by three parts of a length.

Speaking after the race, the winning trainer said, “I'd say he is more of a turf horse, but it is nice to see he can handle that sort of surface. Going forward, it gives us more options. He's very genuine, you can see when Ronan went for him he dropped his head to the ground and tried really hard.”

Owned by David Byrne and partners, the son of Churchill becomes the first winner bred by Magnell Limited out of the mare.