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Third time lucky for Churchill's sister

Dower House and Seamie HeffernanDower House and Seamie Heffernan
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Churchill's sister Dower House won on her third start today, landing Naas' Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for Coolmore, trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Seamie Heffernan.

By Galileo and a sister to a pair of Group 1 winners including 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill, Dower House today dropped to six furlongs for the first time and showed good battling qualities to beat runner-up Spirit Gal by a neck.

Afterwards Chris Armstrong, representing Ballydoyle, reported “she’s a sister to Churchill and to Clemmie, who broke her maiden on her third run as well. She’s a nice one to look forward to.

“Seamus gave her a lovely ride. Obviously she had two runs coming into this and is a filly that has shown plenty of pace at home. Aidan felt the drop back to just under six shouldn’t be a problem to her.

“I think she appreciated the quicker ground than what she has been on twice. She’s a filly with a lovely pedigree and is coming along with each run.

“We’ll look to step her up next time to Stakes company maybe around Champions Weekend.”

Quotes from Alan Magee

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About Tom Weekes
A lifelong racing fan, Tom began writing point to point reports in 2002 and has reported for irishracing.com since 2003, when he joined Irish Racing Services - since taken over by the Press Association. Has ridden a point to point winner and won the 2018 Irish Field Naps Table.