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Channon loses out as Donna makes it t wo for Meehan.

Byline: Jon Lees

MICK CHANNON was expected to add to his fine record in the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes yesterday, but instead it was Brian Meehan who gained back-to-back victories in the Group 1 contest with Donna Blini.

While the winner made little impression on the ante-post market for the 1,000 Guineas, Channon's Flashy Wings was displaced as favourite, with R umplestiltskin replacing her in most lists, after being beaten two necks into third.

The day was also a personal triumph for Mick Kinane, for whom the many sessions spent enclosed in a hyperbaric chamber recovering from injury paid off. The rider picked up where he had left off five weeks ago to ride his sixth Group 1 winner of the year in Britain.

Until he fractured his right wrist in two places in August, Kinane's renaissance as a big-race winner had been one of the features of the year.

Yesterday, on his first ride since the accident, he rode Donna Blini to victory over Wake Up Maggie in the season's most prestigious race for juvenile fillies.

When he began his recovery, Kinane's goal was to be fit to ride in this weekend's Arc, a target he has been able to meet thanks to daily spells in an oxygen chamber.

In yesterday's reunion with Donna Blini, on whom he had won the Cherry Hinton Stakes, he won the race from the front and ensured the filly had enough in reserve to hold the closing challengers by two necks.

"It's a great comeback," Kinane said. "I was in a hyperbaric chamber for four weeks non-stop at the beginning. I had about 40 sessions of that and didn't take a break, and it brought everything together quickly.

"Brian gave Donna Blini a break after I won on her in July and when I saw her today she looked marvellous and had really blossomed.

We hadn't gone awfully quick, but when I asked her to quicken I knew she would be hard to peg back and she stayed on really well."

Meehan caused an upset in this race a year ago when Magical Romance struck at 40-1. Although Donna Blini was a 12-1 chance, the victory caused only a ripple in the 1,000 Guineas market. The filly, who cost 20,000gns as a yearling, is a top-priced 25-1 with Ladbrokes for the Classic, at which she will now be aimed.

"We'll put her away for the year," said Meehan. "It's great to go into the winter with the likes of her."

T rainer Chris Wall was more than happy with Wake Up Maggie.

"There was no disgrace to be second," he said.

"Posterity may say that this was not a vintage running of this race but, for the moment, they are the best around and the form was strong."

Flashy Wings, in front too soon at Newbury, was ridden more patiently and was finishing fastest of all. Mick Channon had no complaints about the run of the filly, who was eased to 12-1 by Coral and Totesport for the Guineas.

"That is the first time that she has been ridden like that," he said. "I've always thought that she is a Guineas filly and I have never doubted that."

race resultCheveley Park Stakes1 Donna Blini ......12-1 2 Wake Up Maggie..9-2 3 Flashy Wings....15-8fOwner: Mrs T S M Cunningham Trainer: Brian Meehan Breeder: James Thom and Sons Jockey: Mick Kinane Groom: Ramazan Demirkivan Distances: nk, nk

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2005
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