Channon upbeat on Champion chance

Mick Channon is determined Championship Point can defy sizeable odds by running with credit in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

Mick Channon is determined Championship Point can defy sizeable odds by running with credit in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

Despite winning the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot, the son of Lomitas has hitherto fallen short in Pattern company and is as big as 66-1 for the Newmarket Group One.

Championship Point is at his best when there is a bit of dig in the ground, however, so Channon anticipates him holding his own on Saturday.

“His owner, John Livock, is keen to run and it looks as if the ground will be ideal for him,” the West Ilsley handler told www.mickchannon.tv.

“The plan is to run at Newmarket and then take him to the Dubai Carnival in the winter.”

Thirty-five millimetres of rain on Tuesday night has left the official Newmarket going as soft, which will thrill connections of Speciosa.

Last season’s 1000 Guineas winner finished second to Peeping Fawn in the Pretty Polly Stakes in June but ran poorly in the Nassau at Goodwood and the Sun Chariot at Headquarters.

“She’s very well and is as fit as a flea,” revealed regular jockey Micky Fenton.

“She was in a funny mood at Newmarket last time and the ground was a bit firm for her.

“The stalls at Newmarket are on the near-side rail and a mile and a quarter is probably her trip these days.

“It could be her last run so I would love to see her in the first four,” Fenton told At The Races.

Joint-rank outsider Pinot Noir has been confirmed a definite starter by German handler Lutz Ottofulling.

The lightly-raced maiden appears to face a gargantuan task on his first outing since May 2006.

“The horse is in good form and it is an exciting race,” said Ottofulling.

“He has had a long time off but we think he will go well.”

Pinot Noir’s only outing at Group level was at Baden-Baden over two years ago.

He finished fourth of seven runners behind Channon’s Ajigolo and is a 200-1 shot with VC Bet to win the Champion Stakes.

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