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Double delight for in-form Channon

Fri, 31 August 2012

About the only thing Sanjuro and Effie B have in common is that they are two-year-olds trained by Mick Channon, but the pair chipped in to provide winners for the in-form stable at Sandown.

Anything more Effie B does is likely to be a bonus, as the experienced chestnut provided a second victory from 10 starts in the Orleans Nursery, but rather bigger things are expected from Investec Derby entry Sanjuro.

A son of the fine German sire Manduro, the 4-1 chance was fifth on his debut at Newbury a fortnight ago and stuck on in determined fashion to take the second division of the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes by half a length.

Channon said: "We were delighted with his first run and he has done even better today. He's something to look forward to. We'll probably step him up a bit and he'll get a mile no problem this year, but we'll see how he comes out of this."

Ayaar and Ollie Olga have won Group races for Channon over the last week with the juvenile team firing on all cylinders, and Effie B (5-1) continued to exceed expectations as she charged along the far rail under stable jockey Martin Harley.

The trainer went on: "She's a tough little thing, she's won a couple and been third in a Listed race, and the owner (Richard Bastian) is pleased as she's a home-bred. Considering the dam was only rated 37, she hasn't done bad."

They finished in more of a bunch in division one of the maiden, with Brian Meehan's Etijaah (7-1) coming out a head best. One of those to have raced with a trace of potential on his debut at Newmarket, the son of Daaher was kept to the fore by Paul Hanagan and just survived a challenge from Havana Beat.

Richard Hills, representing owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "His dad was a miler in America and won the Shadwell Keeneland Mile, so this one wouldn't want further than that."

Title-chasing Richard Hughes, riding third-placed Correggio, was given a two-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level and sits out September 14 and 16.

Graham Lee struck on his first ride on the Flat at the Esher track when Tom Sawyer (100-30) proved his long journey from Julie Camacho's Malton stable worthwhile in the Wisecall Claims Assistance Handicap. Lee, who won the Betfred Gold Cup in 2007 on Hot Weld, helped the gelding power five lengths clear.