Churchill Paddock

Coolmore Sires Stakes Quinella

The Listed Derby du Languedoc (2400m) at Toulouse in France produced a quinella for Coolmore sires Churchill and Wootton Bassett with progressive colt Zweig (3c Churchill x Euthenia, by Winker Watson) hanging on to win in a thriller over lightly raced filly Wootton Zi (3f Wootton Bassett x Allons Y, by Soldier of Fortune).

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, Zweig had one run at two for a third and this year has been on an upswing with this victory bringing his overall record to three wins from five starts.

The favourite Wooton Zi was held up for a run, but will not doubt get her turn to win a stakes race sooner rather than later.

Zweig made €130,000 at the Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale after initially making €80,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale.

He is the best of three winners from Euthenia, a winning half-sister by Winker Watson to Group II winner Laugh Out Loud (dam of Group II winner Platinum Warrior) and stakes-winner Suzi’s Decision

Zweig is the 22nd stakes-winner for Churchill, who is again on the Australian roster this spring at a fee of $19,800.