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VIDEO: Channel delivers classic gold at Chantilly
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VIDEO: Channel delivers classic gold at Chantilly
on 16 June 2019
Kilcarn Stud bred the daughter of Nathaniel, a filly trained by Francis-Henri Graffard

CHANNEL dug deep to claim classic glory in the Group 1 Prix De Diane Longines at Chantilly.

A strong field of 16 fillies went to post for the 10-and-a-half-furlong feature, with Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Siyarafina the red-hot favourite to maintain her unbeaten record, while British hopes were carried by Roger Varian’s Nausha and John Gosden’s Entitle – first and second in the Musidora at York last month.

In a race run at a modest pace, Nausha met traffic problems early on and pulled fiercely for her head for the remainder of the contest before fading out of contention.

Frankie Dettori rode a patient race aboard Entitle – a half-sister to the brilliant Enable – but she was never in a position to throw down a serious challenge and finished in midfield.

Siyarafina was trapped wide for much of the race and while she looked poised to throw down a serious challenge early in the home straight, she ultimately failed to pick up the leaders and it was Francis-Henri Graffard’s 9/1 shot Channel who emerged victorious under Pierre-Charles Boudot – just denying Commes in a thrilling finish.

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