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20
JUN

HIGH HOPES FOR FLASHY IN WINDSOR FOREST

FLASHY WINGS is the stable's standard bearer on day two of Royal Ascot and all seems set for a solid run from the filly in the Windsor Forest Stakes. Owner Jaber Abdullah made the brave decision to keep the leading juvenile filly of 2005 in training and Mick says: "Flashy has had her share of niggling problems but she seems in great form. Her coat is gleaming and she's been working as well as ever. They had plenty of rain after racing but we've been onto the course and they don't think it's made that much difference to the going on the straight course, where the records tumbled yesterday." On a big day for the stable's distaffers Silca Chiave returns from a break in the Jersey Stakes with Hugh Bowman on board for the first time. Mick continues: "I think she has a decent each-way chance. I feel she's coming back to herself although in a perfect world I could have done with another couple of weeks." Capable Guest flies the West Ilsley flag in the Royal Hunt Cup and breaks from stall 12 under Bowman. Mick added: "He ran a blinder when drawn on the wrong side of the track in this race last year but this time we've got the option of which way we go. As you all know with Capable, he's the type who could easily pop-up in a big handicap." The final runner this afternoon is So Sweet in the Sandringham handicap. She was too keen for her own good last time out at Goodwood, having troubled the judge in Listed company at Chester. Mick concludes: "That Listed race was probably the hottest of the year as she had two Classic winners behind her. She's back in trip today, as I don't think she quite got home at Chester. I was delighted with the way the horses ran on Tuesday and today is largely a working day, with Flashy Wings our big hope."
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19
JUN

WE HIT CROSSBAR ON DAY ONE

SOM TALA and HATTA FORT acquitted themselves with distinction in the Ascot Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes to finish in the money on a first day of agonising frustration for the yard. It was only by half a length and a short head that Som Tala failed to catch Full House and Juniper Girl in the big staying handicap while Hatta Fort finished best of all behind Drawnfromthepast and Kingsgate Native in the finale. Mick said: "While it's a bit frustrating to get so close to winning two big prizes at the most prestigious meeting in the world i'm encouraged how well the horses performed and it augers well for our runners for the rest of the week. Som Tala ran a cracker and showed he is ready to pick up a good prize before long. It was a nice step up from Chester and he's obviously going the right way. "Hatta Fort was going on as well as anything at the end and wants further. Given another half a furlong or so it would have been very close. He's a good colt and there should be a good race to be won with him this summer." Yem Kinn and Aaim To Storm were out of the money in the Coventry Stakes and finished almost upsides. Mick added: "They were well back but judging by the way Swiss Franc ran to finish second I doubt Yem Kinn gave his true running."
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19
JUN

SITE EDITOR SEES RED

ON the launch day of our website I was up with the larks and arrived at the racecourse at 7am, intent on creating a good impression. Armed with the username and password to get into Ascot's own Wireless system I was ready to write - only to be without internet access some three and a half hours later! The Ascot chiefs get most things right but I can tell you there were a bunch of red-faced hacks desperate to start work as the sole press room tech kept his cool and got the problem sorted. My apologies to those of you who logged-on this morning to a news-free page. This has now been corrected and I look forward to sending you some early posts tomorrow - another big day for West Ilsley with the return of FLASHY WINGS in the Windsor Forest Stakes.
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19
JUN

HIGH HOPES FOR SOM TALA

SOM TALA tackles leg two of a carefully-laid 2007 campaign and we have high hopes of a bold showing from him in the Ascot Stakes. Mick was delighted with his fifth placing on his return to action in the Chester Cup and said: "Som Tala has a similar profile to Baddam who scooped the Ascot Stakes/Queen Alexandra Stakes double last year. "He posted a career best on the Roodeye and my feeling is that he's come on for that. All ground conditions seem to come alike to him but ideally i'd have settled for a better draw. You always need your fair share of luck in a race like this but if he gets the breaks he could well be in the shake-up."
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19
JUN

FORT BACKED FOR CASTLE

OUR best chance of a winner on day one of the royal meeting possibly lies with HATTA FORT who has attracted widespread support already for the Windsor Castle Stakes. Not forgetting Coventry Stakes contender YEM KINN who is also being backed at fancy prices for the Coventry Stakes, Hatta Fort looks rock solid and likely to go off favourite. Before leaving the yard Mick told me Hatta Fort has done everything right since opening his account in what looked a warm contest at Windsor. He said: "From the first time we worked him Hatta Fort has given us the right signals and had been winning all his gallops before he went to Leicester first time up. He was a bit green that day but was finishing best of all when getting the hang of it. At Windsor he put in a very professional performance to beat Swiss Franc comfortably. His original name was Obboor but his owner Sheikh Ahmed decided to change it. Some very good Arab-owned horses have done well following a name change and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he followed suit." Hatta Fort looks like starting favourite for the Windsor Castle and was cut to 4-1 from 5-1 by Stan James. That firm have shortened YEM KINN to 20-1 from 28s in the Coventry and Mick is looking towards a good run from this colt. He added: "Yem Kinn's form ties in with Hatta Fort through Swiss Franc who finished third in Yem Kinn's race at Ascot. He's a course winner and both Hugh Bowman and I think a lot about him. He's a value each way bet but the Coventry is always that bit tougher than the Windsor Castle." The stable also fields Aaim To Storm in the meeting's opener and Mick concluded: "He's got the experience under his belt but is stepping up. He's well in himself and won't be disgraced."
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18
JUN

Launch Videos

Our video content for our launch features two of our work mornings - the 12th & 15th June. Here you can view some of our hopefuls in their build up to the Royal Meeting. There are further video features on the history and facilities at West Ilsley, whilst our staff section introduces the team and the jockeys connected to the yard. "Fat Ali" who has played a key role in Mutawaajid's arrival from Australia is the first member of our team to be featured in our series of staff spotlights. There will be many more videos to follow as we expand the site and build up our archive. Here's hoping you enjoy our very first videos and that they are both informative and entertaining. There's no point otherwise is there!?
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18
JUN

18th June 2007 - The Launch of Mick Channon.tv

Welcome to our Latest News page. We are all well aware that the success of any website is a regular news service and we are delighted to announce that Neil Morrice has kindly agreed to edit the site and keep it bang up to date. (I hope Neil knows what he's in for!) Royal Ascot Week seems the ideal place to start and we will be providing all of the very latest news and reviews as they happen. Neil, it's over to you!
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