Icon takes starring role
A review of the rest of the action from Sandown Park where Chilworth Icon was the first leg of a Mick Channon double.
Chilworth Icon ended a losing run stretching back more than two years in the National Youth Music Theatre Charity Handicap at Sandown.
The last time Mick Channon's 20-1 chance had struck was in an Italian Group Three as a juvenile, and he had also picked up the Woodcote Stakes at the Derby meeting.
Sam Hitchcott was luckier than many in a typically messy event down the five-furlong chute, sneaking up the inside and coming two and a half lengths clear.
The trainer's son and assistant, Michael, said: "He was very useful at two, but struggled from a high mark at three. He just needed everything to fall right for him."
There was to be a double for Channon via the William Buick-ridden Popeswood (5-1) in the NYMT Student Fund Nursery.
A maiden from eight previous starts, the Haatef colt travelled well and unleashed a striking turn of foot to collect by two and a quarter lengths.
Channon jnr said: "He's never disappointed us really, he's just growing into himself. He's a super little chap and I suppose we'll wait and see what the handicapper does.
"If he's due to go up a lot, we'll have to get him out again quickly."
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The Andrew Reid stable continues to work wonders with Treasure The Ridge, who finished with purpose under Danny Brock to take the St James Theatre Handicap by a length and a quarter.
Originally with Dermot Weld, the Galileo gelding was bought from Brett Johnson after winning a Lingfield seller last month, and despite this being his hat-trick for the new yard, he still returned at 25-1.
The Mill Hill trainer's assistant Michael Keady said: "He's bred to win races like this, he's a lovely horse, and I think he could win again going up in grade.
"Andrew has been very good at getting horses from sellers, he's very underrated."
Ali Brewer specialises with jumpers at her stable at Eastbury near Lambourn but struck on the Flat with Special Miss (14-1) in the Thank You Chrissy Morum Handicap.
Her partner Sam Stronge said: "Her owner loves Sandown and was keener to come here than Leicester on Monday. She could still run there, but we'll see."
Jim Crowley was aboard Special Miss and he made it a double on 25-1 shot War Singer in the closing Danielle Wren Will You Marry Me? Handicap.