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Solesmes bids to provide Channon a third win in valuable seller

Mick Channon: will be bidding for a hat-trick with Solesmes
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As Richard Hughes explained in his weekly column, the five-furlong seller at Goodwood (3.10) is no ordinary race.

Confined to two-year-olds, the contest is worth nearly £9,500 to the winner with a minimum post-race selling price of £10,000.

Mick Channon knows what it takes to win this contest having landed the valuable prize for the past two years and he relies on Gregorian filly Solesmes, who was last seen finishing fourth at Beverley.

Channon's own yellow and black colours were carried to victory by Silvestre de Sousa on Billy’s Boots in 2016 and Milton Road last year, but the trainer has opted to book 3lb claimer David Egan this time around with De Sousa at Nottingham.

Jack Channon, assistant to his father Mick, said: “She ran a few good races and then we decided to give her a bit of a break.

"After her third run we thought we could bring her here. She's been back in and has been training well. Hopefully she can be well up to this sort of level."

Oeil De Tigre back for more

The story of Oeil De Tigre is an eventful one. He proved a very smart two-year-old in France for Henri-Alex Pantall, where his three juvenile victories included beating subsequent Group 1 winner Signs Of Blessing in a conditions race. 

He joined Tony Carroll mid-way through his three-year-old season and only managed to finish in front of two horses in his first three races for the trainer, beaten by an aggregate distance of just under 46 lengths. 

Oeil De Tigre: will be bidding for a hat-trick at Goodwood

Thankfully he has turned the corner since then, winning five times for connections.

Four of those wins have come under Sophie Ralston, who has been excellent aboard the horse at Goodwood over six furlongs the last twice, including just two days ago. 

Carroll revealed he will decide whether to make the trip to Goodwood or not for the Hospital Innovations Ltd Support NSPCC Handicap (4.20) in the morning.

Talking about Oeil De Tigre's connection with Sophie Ralston, Carroll said: "I really don't know why but he seems to run better for her than for most. They get on well together and long may it continue."

He added: "It all depends on if he eats up in the morning whether he'll run or not. If he does, I don't think the drop back to five furlongs will make a difference."

One to remember

Perhaps the most interesting runner in the Nottinghamshire Oaks (3.30) is the Normandie Stud-owned Maid To Remember, who makes her first appearance since disappointing in a Windsor handicap last June.

The daughter of Redoute's Choice won her only start before that, however, which came at this track over 1m½f.

She showed her inexperience on that occasion – only getting up late – but she moved through the contest in the style of a talented sort. 

Moving from Ralph Beckett's to William Haggas's yard, who has been operating at a decent strike-rate in the last fortnight, she can run a big race under James Doyle. 

Fancy fillies face off

The Charlie Hills-trained Tamreer, who was a comfortable winner at Salisbury on debut, may be the only previous winner in the field for Goodwood's confined novice stakes (4.55) but there isn't a shortage of promising types in opposition. 

Luca Cumani's Four White Socks is a relative to Sun Chariot and Juddmonte International winner One So Wonderful. She's a striking filly – as her name suggests – and she looked to be crying out for this step up in trip when staying on well at Windsor. 

Frankel filly Hulcote is another who made a decent start at Lingfield despite running green. Her dam is dual Listed winner Polly's Mark, who thrived over middle distances, so she's bound to come forward too. 

Richard Hughes runs Windsor third Napoleonica, a half-sister to Group 2-placed Queen Of Naples. She overcame a slow start and greenness to finish third last time and has considerable potential.

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Hopefully she can be well up to this sort of level
E.W. Terms