Intriguing pedigrees at Newbury on Friday as Churchill set for first runner
Siblings to Thistle Bird and Elm Park set to run in the 1m2f fillies' maiden
The battle for first-season sire honours is about to hot up as Churchill is set to be represented by his first runner at Newbury on Friday.
A dual Guineas winner and champion European two-year-old, Churchill is expected to produce his fair share of high-class juveniles and among his 145 first-crop representatives this term is Sir Randolph, who will debut in the five-furlong maiden contest at Newbury (1.10).
A £22,000 purchase from the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, the colt was bred by Mrs CR Philipson and is out of the dual-winning Nayef mare Esteemable, a half-sister to the Listed-winning Tinshu and the stakes-placed Montpellier.
The imposing Churchill - who stands at Coolmore for a fee of €30,000 this year - is out of the Listed-winning Queen Mary second Meow, a daughter of Storm Cat, and is a brother to Cheveley Park heroine Clemmie and Group 3 winner Blenheim Palace.
Among his eight rivals is the Charlie Hills-trained Poderoso, a Kodiac half-brother to the Listed-winning Royal Commando and a full-sibling to last term's July and Richmond Stakes second Yazaman. A 225,000gns purchase by Alex Elliott from Tattersalls Book 1, he was bred by Mountarmstrong Stud.
The once-raced Darlectable You, a full-sister to European champion Too Darn Hot and Group winners So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar, faces ten rivals in the first division of the mile and a quarter fillies' maiden (4.00).
Among them is Sir Michael Stoute and Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's Crystal Starlet, by Frankel and out of Crystal Zvezda - a Listed-winning Dubawi half-sister to world champion Crystal Ocean, Canadian International winner Hillstar and multiple Group scorer Crystal Capella.
Roger Charlton and Lady Bamford team up with Dolphin, a Sea The Stars half-sister to Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Thistle Bird and the Australian Group 1-placed McCreery. Mellow Magic, a Nathaniel half-sister to Racing Post Trophy hero Elm Park, represents Andrew Balding and Kingsclere Racing Club.
Among the ten runners for the second division (4.35) is Sea Karats, a full-sister to last season's Bahrain Trophy Stakes winner Al Aasy and a 500,000gns purchase from the Castlebridge Consignment to Mandore International Agency at Tattersalls Book 1.