Saturday 17 February 2018

Irish Classic next for Malabar

Malabar (left)
Malabar (left)

Mick Channon nominated the Irish 1,000 Guineas as the most likely target for Malabar following her fourth-place finish in the Newmarket Classic.

The West Ilsley handler landed the Curragh Classic with Samitar in 2012 and is happy with his filly this year, who finished fourth in the Moyglare on her previous visit to Ireland.

He said: "I would have thought that Malabar will now go for the Irish 1,000 Guineas as long as everything is OK.

"I was delighted with her run in the Guineas as it is hard to go to the race without a prep race as all the trials meant she would have had to carry a penalty.

"She ran a blinder for her first run of the season and she has come on an awful lot since the Guineas.

"We are very pleased with her and expect more to come."

Channon is leaning towards making the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot the next aim for Bossy Guest.

Although a firm decision has yet to be made, he is favouring a shot at the seven-furlong Group Three following his impressive performance in the 2000 Guineas.

After landing a sales race over six furlongs at the Rowley Mile on his comeback, the three-year old outran his 50-1 odds on his return to the track earlier this month when finishing fourth in the colts' Classic.

Channon said: "Bossy Guest run a great race in the Guineas.

"His form last year was very solid and when he won the sales race on his comeback he had his ground.

"We thought he would get the mile as he is by Medicean, so he ought to have done.

"For me, he ran all the way to the line, but he does have plenty of speed.

"He's in the Commonwealth Cup, the St James's Palace Stakes and the Jersey Stakes.

"At the moment, I would favour the Jersey. He has got no penalties to carry and gets in off a decent mark so we are likely to look at that, as long as the ground is decent."

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