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Trained by Mick Channon and partnered by Charles Bishop, Summer Icon booked her Good Friday place with victory in a 7f £20,000 fillies’ conditions contest at Wolverhampton. The Tapeta contest was a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 All-Weather Fillies & Mares Championships, staged over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield on All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday. As the field entered the straight with just under two furlongs to go, early leader Courier began to weaken and Summer Icon took up the running. Both Diagnostic and Raven’s Lady were delivered to challenge entering the final furlong, but neither were able to overhaul Summer Icon.

At the finish, the 5yo daughter of 2006 St Leger hero Sixties Icon had almost a length to spare over Raven’s Lady, with Diagnostic another neck away in third. Jockey Bishop commented: “It is nice to get a winner for Mick, and Summer Icon has picked up well. “It was obviously a trickily run event and I think we were probably in the best place at the right time, but she has quickened up good and, in all fairness, when they joined her she has gone again. “The boss completely left it to me. I knew after going a furlong that I was probably in the best place. She settled quite nicely considering she can be a bit keen.

“Summer Icon runs well in these competitive races. They are very hard to win and luckily today she has had her day.” Channon, based in Berkshire, is no stranger to success on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, having landed the All-Weather Fillies & Mares Championships with Volunteer Point on Good Friday in 2016.

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22 Mar 2018
Issue Number: Issue 641
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