First Australian Group 1 Winner For Churchill
Mitchell Freedman’s charge was narrowly denied in the Group 1 Australian Guineas in March and suffered another narrow defeat in a Group 2 last month. Partnered by Beau Mertens for the first time at Caulfield, he enjoyed a change of fortune when striking late to beat second favourite Antino by a short head.
“We always knew he was up to the level,” said Freedman after the race. “Back to handicap, aided by a brilliant ride by a jockey that is well and truly on the rise – how good. It just worked out perfect.”
Freedman bought Attrition as a yearling for $180,000 and the bay is now owned by a partnership including Halo Racing Services and McGrath Racing Syndicate. The exciting colt was bred by the Toorak Thoroughbred Breeding Trust out of Queen’s Kiss, who has a yearling colt by Churchill.
Churchill has enjoyed a terrific season headlined by multiple Group 1 winner Blue Rose Cen and is now responsible for ten Group winners.