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RACING: Double joy for Channon
7:53pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon landed a 30-1 double on Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire supporting card with Ayaar and Amralah in the closing two handicaps.
Ayaar (6-1) won a Group 3 contest at Baden Baden last June, but had found things harder this season.
However, he finally got off the mark for the campaign with a neck verdict from Mezzotint under Ryan Moore in a seven-furlong contest, and is now set to head for the sales.
Channon said: “He’s a smashing, sound and consistent horse who’s been a victim of last year’s success.
“He’s in the sales, but if we are lucky enough to keep him he’ll be a prime candidate for the Dubai Carnival as he’s effective over seven furlongs or a mile, and is a big horse who’ll bounce back and only improve.”
Amralah (100-30) completed the brace as he stepped up to a mile and a half with aplomb under Silvestre De Sousa to beat Urban Dance by a length and three-quarters.
Channon reported that the three-year-old was lightly raced after experiencing problems.
“He’s over them now and although you don’t want to be held up, he’ll be an absolute smasher next season,” added the trainer.
Channon was also on the mark the previous day when Deeds Not Words completed a hat-trick of wins with victory at Haydock.
The two-year-old, a winner at Goodwood and Bath on his previous two starts, took another step forward by landing a five-furlong nursery by three-quarters of a length from Urban Dreamer in the hands of apprentice Charlie Bishop.
He could now bid for the four-timer on Saturday in either the BMW Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot or the totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar.
Martin Harley, who is to leave his job as first jockey to Channon over the winter to join Marco Botti at Newmarket, provided the West Ilsley yard with another winner courtesy of Aristocracy at Bath on Monday.
The two-year-old saw the trip out well to beat Rising Dawn by three-quarters of a length in a nursery over a mile and a quarter.
Blewbury trainer Eve Johnson Houghton missed New Rich getting off the mark at Kempton as she was in Ireland for the Tattersalls sales where she bought two fillies.
The three-year-old opened her account at the 11th attempt when getting the better of Harrogate Fair by half a length in a six-furlong handicap with John Fahy on board.
Solvanna, from Heather Main’s Kingston Lisle yard, had gone even longer without breaking her duck before scoring at Lingfield.
Racing for the 20th time, the 16-1 shot battled on well for Andrea Atzeni to beat Keene by a length in a handicap over a mile and a quarter.