Atlantic Sport scores for recuperating Channon
REPORT: SANDOWN, Thursday
MICK CHANNON'S rehabilitation received a timely boost when Atlantic Sport gamely landed the Listed Faucets For Hansgrohe Fortune Stakes under Edward Creighton.
Channon, recuperating at home from injuries sustained in a car crash on the M1, has always held Atlantic Sport in the highest of regards, and theimproving Machiavellian colt showed just why connections think so much of him by battling through the testing ground to land the £40,000 contest.
The win caps an excellent year for her pilot, Creighton, who partnered Please Sing to victory for the yard in the Cherry Hinton in July.
Creighton said: "What happened to Mick was a horrible thing to happen and itwas a big shock to everyone in the yard but he's improving every day and he's up walking around now so he'll soon be back and barking orders ateveryone!"
Of Atlantic Sport, Creighton said: "He's always shown us an awful lot of good work at home and he's still learning.
"He didn't love the ground but he had the class to go through it and he stayed on nicely. There is definitely more to come from him."
Favourite backers were dealt a blow in the opening 5f maiden when hotpot Aahaygirl was turned over by outsider Top Town Girl, a 12-1 chance.
Ralph Beckett's daughter of Efisio left behind a disappointing debut effort to score in decisive fashion under Richard Kingscote, who said: "She learnt plenty from her debut where she was very green."
The shock of riding a winner at Sandown proved too much for Natalia Gemelova who fainted shortly after riding Pretty Bonnie to victory in the 5f handicap. Thankfully she soon came around and appeared none the worse.
Pretty Bonnie, who was providing her trainer with his first winner at Sandown,has been an excellent servant to Price, who has a small string of around nine horses at his Leominster base, and he has a valuable fillies' handicap at Pontefract next week in mind before giving the daughter of Kyllachy a well-earned rest.
Myanmar continued his progress to stay on best and score in the 7f handicap under Shane Kelly.
Jeremy Noseda's Rock Of Gibraltar colt survived a stewards' enquiry after causing interference with Shindy and, surprisingly, Kelly avoided picking up a suspension.
Amanda Perrett won the 1m maiden on this corresponding card 12 months ago and the Pulborough trainer repeated the feat with Classic Vintage who belied odds of 20-1 to score under Jim Crowley.
Bred and part-owned by Bob and Pauline Scott, the son of El Prado relished the testing conditions, finishing strongly down the middle of the track, to edge out newcomer Montaff, who made a most encouraging debut.
Perrett said: "He is hopefully a colt with a big future, he's a late May foal so he'll keep improving."
The closingten furlong handicap produced the closest finish of the day as Dar Es Salaam and Redesignation locked horns but it was the Richard Hannon-trained colt who just edged the verdict, completing a terrific 146-1 double for Jim Crowley.
The improving Atlantic Sport who provided a welcome lift for his recuperating trainer.