THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS - Ladies Church Strikes For Churchill's First Stakes Success

Published 2021/07/21



Churchill, who registered a first stakes winner with Ladies Church at Naas | Coolmore

By Sean Cronin

Mark Dobbin's Ladies Church (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) registered a June 9 debut fourth at Cork, behind the reopposing Impeachd Alexander (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), and followed up a June 30 breakthrough score over five furlongs at Tipperary with an impressive display tackling the same trip in Wednesday's Listed Arqana Irish EBF Marwell S. at Naas, becoming the first stakes winner for her freshman sire (by Galileo {Ire}).

The 3-1 second favourite was restrained to race in an overall third as British raider Sophie's Star (GB) (Cotai Glory {GB}) blazed a solo trail down the stands' side and the remainder collected en masse on the far side in a contest won last year by subsequent G2 Lowther S. victrix and G1 Cheveley Park S. and GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf placegetter Miss Amulet (Ire) (Sir Prancelot {Ire}). Looming large passing the quarter-mile marker, she was shaken up to seize control approaching the final furlong and powered clear in the closing stages to secure a first black-type rosette by an impressive 2 1/4 lengths from Pennine Hills (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). Sophie's Star kept on to finish 1 3/4 lengths adrift in third.