Scriptwriter (Churchill) Wins His Maiden At Gowran Park

Smart Turn Of Foot Sees Churchill Colt Gain Maiden Win

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Scriptwriter (2c Churchill - Pivotalia, by Pivotal) produced a smart turn of foot to justify favouritism in Saturday’s mile maiden at Gowran Park.

Positioned in mid-division by Seamie Heffernan, he was asked to quicken before the two furlongs marker and made good headway to challenge inside the final furlong. Leading close home, he won by three parts of a length, with another half a length back to long-time leader Explorers Way (Australia) in third.

The £220,000 yearling purchase ran with promise over seven furlongs on debut at the Curragh last month and becomes the fifth winner bred by Brian O’Neill out of Pivotalia. She has previously produced dual Group 3 scorer Onenightidreamed (Footstepsinthesand), six-time winner Rotherwick (Starspangledbanner) and the highly-rated Goolwa (Australia).