So how’s Bernard doing, I asked. Two weeks after he had gone up to Florida to start college, Irma hit.
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‘Queen’ to rule at Yarmy?
Trogon has a ‘special’ look in the five-runner Novice Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good to firm’ Brighton today, it’s always exciting napping a runner trained by Mick Channon!
As a ‘super-star’ International footballer (capped 46 times for England!) Mick created excitement and fascination with his unorthodox individuality and he’s transmitted the character to our enigmatic English racing scene; you can bet his runners are always doing their best or, as he would say, ‘why bother?’
Following a somewhat fallow spell, which always seems to happen mid-summertime, Mick’s yard has taken off this month and he’s even eked another out of Milton Road, winner of a seller a few runs back.
‘They are are all for sale’ said Mick last year but I’ll bet owners will want a decent price if the aforementioend Leroidesanimaux colt makes it third time lucky under Pat Dobbs, part of the ‘furniture’ for the racing family Hannon who, incidentally, brought Channon into racing, as an owner!
Trogon is clear ‘best-in’ on the time-handicap and with two places available is worth playing as an each-way double with Queen Adelaide in the six-runner Novice Auction Stakes over a mile of Kempton polytrack.
Thrice-raced We Are The World is an obvious choice and likely favourite but Queen Adelaide improved considerably for her debut experience; it certainly wont be a surprise if John Ryan’s charge causes one under Fran Berry.
Evening meetings are now turning into ‘twilight’ with Autumn approaching and Yarmouth kicks off late afternoon with a seven-runner Fillies’ Novice Stakes over the straight mile on a ‘good to firm’ surface; an opportunity for William Haggas-trained Give And Take to build on an encouraging ‘first-up’ effort, when second at Ascot over a furlong less twenty-five days ago.
A clutch of ‘fashionable’ yards is in opposition but William can take of himself at any level and this really should be just a question of ‘give’ then ‘take’ your winnings!
Brighton, 11.30 Trogon (nap)
Kempton, 11.45 Queen Adelaide (e.w)
Yarmouth, 1.40 Give And Take