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Rowaasi to take striker's role.

Any trainer looking to make his mark in racing, obviously needs a stable star, a horse which acts not only as standard bearer but an advertising vehicle.

They win good class races, the trainer gets on television and in the most exclusive of winners' circles and new patrons wishing to be associated with success, are usually not far behind.

In the case of Mick Channon, his entry into racing meant dodging the pitfalls that can easy capture one leading sportsman seeking to make his name in another high profile sport.

Channon, of England, Southampton and Manchester City and of the windmill-waving arm for a goal-scoring celebration has navigated all those problems.

His progress in the training circles had been good but it got even better when he was sent Bint Allyl to train. She turned out to be the best filly of the juvenile generation last season, winning at Royal Ascot and set to become one of the stars of this campaign.

There were thoughts that she was so good, she would be transferred to the Godolphin team and spend the winter in Dubai to return to these shores carrying the all blue silks to further glories under the eyes of Sheikh Mohammed and Saeed bin Suroor rather than Channon.

But this was not the case. She stayed in England but then came the crushing news that she had been put down after an injury on the gallops.

Bint Allyls of this racing world only come once but Channon has bitten the bullet and got on with the job. And tonight at Sandown, another speedy filly attempts to follow in Bint Allyl's footsteps by landing the listed National Stakes.

Rowaasi looks the type to bring the sunshine back again and book her place at Royal Ascot.

Channon has a few good juveniles in his team but this one looks to be of premiership class. She made her debut at Newbury in a conditions race and although always well placed during the race, she did not pick up as quickly as Stephen Drowne wanted when asked for her effort.

She found her feet in the closing stages, however, and was running on well in the final stages. The run will have obviously have sharpened her up.

All those looking for pointers for the Epsom Derby will be well catered for in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes when all the top stables will be represented.

And as I am already leaning in favour of Oath for the colt's classic on Saturday, Chester House can underline the well-being of the Henry Cecil stable.

A high-class colt from last season, Chester House opened his season at Chester in the Huxley Stakes.

Kieren Fallon had to get serious with the four-year-old on the entrance to the straight but he always looked as though he would be holding Supreme Sounds in the closing stages.

Cecil had turned him out looking a picture of health and this will have rubbed away any rustiness.
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Title Annotation:National
Author:Veritas
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 1, 1999
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