Dual Guineas winner Churchill to shuttle to Coolmore Australia
Last year's dual 2,000 Guineas hero Churchill will shuttle to Coolmore Australia’s base in the Hunter Valley for the 2018 season, where he will stand for an introductory fee of A$27,500 (£15,000/$21,000).
The well-bred son of Coolmore’s champion sire Galileo is covering his first book of mares in Ireland after retiring from racing last year having won seven of his 13 career starts for total career prize money of £1.4. million
A five-time stakes winner at two, Churchill is the fastest and most precocious Danehill outcross son of Galileo and he added to his success as a juvenile by winning both the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas as a three-year-old.
The first of his four Group One wins came on his penultimate start as a juvenile, when he proved far too good for a high-class field in the National Stakes at the Curragh in September, which he then followed up by taking out the Dewhurst Stakes.
Coolmore Australia sales and nominations manager Colm Santry said he was impressed with the stallion when he traveled to Ireland to inspect him.
"I traveled to Ireland last week to inspect a number of stallions and I was blown away by Churchill,” said Santry.
"He has an unbelievable combination of size, power, quality and athleticism. He is bred in a similar mould to Frankel - Galileo over a speed mare - and the result is an outstanding animal.
"I have no doubt that people are going to be very taken with him, particularly when they see him in the flesh."
Churchill is out of the Listed-winning Storm Cat mare Meow, making him a brother to winners including high-class filly and former stablemate Clemmie, whose three victories last season included the Cheveley Park Stakes.
Meow herself is out of Group One winner Airwave, who also produced Group Three winner Aloof and stakes winner Orator and a further two winners.
Airwave is a half-sister to Nunthorpe Stakes winner Jwala and the dam of Listed winner Dream Of Dreams.
Churchill is the latest high class European recruit to the Australian stallion ranks, following the news on Monday that Godolphin's Group 1-winning miler Ribchester will also shuttle this year.