Mick Channon: trainer's runner was fifth in the Chesham at Royal AscotPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Channon bids for more Group 3 glory with Icon
Preview: Italy, Sunday (6.00pm BST)
San Siro: Premio Primi Passi (Group 3) 6f, turf, 2yo.
TRAINER Mick Channon saddles Chilworth Icon (Sam Hitchcott) in a bid to win the Premio Primi Passi at San Siro for the third time on Sunday, having collected the prize with Kingsinger (1996) and Guest Connection (2005).
Channon, whose record would have been even better if Obe Gold had not been relegated to second after finishing first past the post in 2004, drops Chilworth Icon back to 6f in Sunday's Group 3 after he finished fifth in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last week, when he had to give weight to each of his 13 rivals. Chilworth Icon had previously won the Woodcote Stakes over Sunday's trip at Epsom.
Susan Harding, racing secretary to the trainer, said: "Things didn't pan out for him at Ascot last Saturday in the Chesham. They went a bit too slow for him, he was a bit keen and you can't really be keen on that ground.
"He's dropping back to six furlongs, he is a Listed winner already and he goes there with an outstanding chance."
Chilworth Icon sets the standard in the eight-runner line-up and is likely to start favourite to collect the major share of the €61,600 prize.
His opposition is headed by Freetown, who beat three of these opponents in a Listed contest last time, and Tiger Day, unbeaten in two starts including a conditions race over track and trip.