Sunday 9 June 2019

How Mick Channon Loves A Seller (Plus weekend Reviews and Previews)

When it comes to 2-year-old selling stakes races there is only one trainer to look out for. Mick Channon has a great record in these type of races, you only have to look at the Goodwood 15.05 today which he has won the past 3 years, yes my tracker Sir Gordon came out second best in a battle to the line with the David Evans trained Shani but despite a slow start and losing a good few lengths he ran a great race until tiring and getting beat a neck. I had an each way bet so not much damage done. 

Over the past four seasons with 2-year-olds running over 5 furlongs would have given you a 50 percent strike rate from 12 bets and a 1.55.5 percent return at starting price and today was close to making it a perfect 4/4 at Goodwood, so next time you see a selling race and think it’s just a poor race take a look at Mick Channon's horses because there could be money to be made. 

Weekend Reviews:

It’s been a case of hitting the bar this weekend for me. I had six trackers running over the weekend and all got placed, I know everybody says it but I think I was unlucky with the three bets I had. First a few thoughts on the trackers I didn’t do. My first thought was that Ottoman Court was disappointing but the front two pulled 10-lengths clear of the field in a 6-furlong race, maybe the Mark Johnston trained Visinari could be useful, we will see. Silver Start ran an average race to finish third but no bet. 

I had two trackers in the same race at Lingfield evening meeting on Saturday, Ocasio Cortez won easily in the end but no bet at the price, now Lexi The One I did have a bet on and boy am glad I didn’t take an early price (no best odds for this race in BetFred), she was 9/2 the night before when I backed her and I had all but given up hope of getting any money back after drifting to 18/1 on the off, slowly away for the third time this season I almost threw my betting slip in the bin until the commentator on the radio to my relief said and from the back Lexi The One gets up for third, phew thank god Sean Davis rode all the way to the line.

Moon Of Love was another hard luck story for me. The Hilary Needler Trophy Fillies' Conditions Stakes is a tough race to win but Cool Silk Partnership do like to win it, Moon Of Love broke smartly looking professional from the off, I would say she was about to take the lead just over a furlong out until being bumped and hitting the rails, it’s a miracle she stayed on her feet never mind get back into the race to finish third place, credit goes to jockey Barry McHugh who never gave up and more place money back for what was an eventful betting weekend. 

Saturday Trixie Review:

No luck again but Aaron popped up with another winner Safe Voyage (5/4), Moon Of Love ran a great race to finish third for me and Sam's selection Stake Aclaim was disappointing. We might try a Trixie each day for Royal Ascot, you never know Sam might get a winner the more we do but don’t hold me to that. 

Timeform Early Declaration Alert 

18:15 Windsor 10 Jun 2019: Fantom Force had two Class 2 entries but didn't run, the last one was the Chester race at the end of May. 

18:15 Windsor 10 Jun 2019: Eton College also had Class 2 entry in the Chester race. 

15:00 Lingfield 11 Jun 2019: Companion had an entry in the Class 2 Hilary Needler at Beverley on Saturday but didn’t run. 

17:50 Thirsk 11 Jun 2019: Clay Regazzoni has a Group 2 Railway Stakes entry. 

Thanks for reading and good luck


  1. Just watched the race, Craig. Sir Gordon looked like the winner for a stride or two but it was a fight to the line.


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