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'Winston Churchill' namesake wins Uttoxeter horse race

Winston Churchill Image copyright Uttoxeter Racecourse
Image caption Winston Churchill's owner is said to be a "massive fan" of the wartime prime minister

A racehorse named after Sir Winston Churchill has netted a win on the 50th anniversary of the wartime leader's death.

The namesake had been second favourite to win the 15:25 GMT at Uttoxeter Racecourse, but triumphed by some distance.

Trainer Sophie Leech said the horse's owner was a "massive fan" of the politician and had come up with the idea of running on the anniversary.

She said it was a "fitting tribute".

Ms Leech said the equine Winston Churchill and jockey Killian Moore had been building up to the day for some time.

'Did not surrender'

"It's all worked out brilliantly," she said.

"His owner was desperate to run him on this day, it's been the plan for a while and it worked."

Image copyright Uttoxeter Racecourse
Image caption Winston Churchill's trainer and jockey Killian Moore had been training ahead of the big day, his trainer said
Image copyright Uttoxeter Racecourse
Image caption Winston Churchill finished some distance ahead of his competitors

The racecourse tweeted confirmation of the win on Saturday.

It congratulated the nine-year-old horse, and said "he did not surrender" - a reference to the human Sir Winston's famous wartime speech.

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