Mick Channon has reflected on an amazing big-race treble with Epsom Icon in England, Czabo in France and Divine in Ireland on Saturday.
The aptly-named Epsom Icon got the ball rolling by taking the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom, while Czabo stormed home shortly afterwards in the Listed Prix des Lilas at Deauville
A brilliant day was capped when Divine lifted the Group Three Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh.
Channon was particularly thrilled with Epsom Icon, who fulfilled the dreams of her syndicate and especially Steve Pearce, who named the filly after his favourite course.
“That was a huge buzz and I’m delighted. This filly does everything you ask of her and is so uncomplicated. Well named too,” the West Ilsley trainer told www.mickchannon.tv.
“Because she’s so straightforward both mentally and physically she’s able to cope with the demands of Epsom and it couldn’t have worked out any better.
“She was a Listed winner at two and now she’s a Group Three winner. There’s no obvious next step for her right at this moment but Steve will be down in the week and we’ll have a chat about the next move.”
In Deauville, Norman Court Stud’s Czabo gained her first black-type win by taking the Listed Prix des Lilas over a mile under Maxim Guyon, who recorded a five-timer on the day.
“That was great and I knew it was only a matter of time until this filly was taking stakes prizes,” said Channon.
“She was very talented at two but just needed time and when there is a bit of dig in the ground she’s very good.
“She’s in the Coronation at Ascot and although that’s a huge step up from yesterday’s company, if there’s any rain about we’ll have to look at it.
“To win a Group Three with Epsom Icon and then a Listed race with Czabo in one afternoon was very satisfying – two fillies by Sixties Icon, bred at Norman Court and both of their dams were trained here – that was great.
“Most importantly, it underlines how good Sixties Icon is as a stallion. He improves every mare he covers.”
Divine, owned by Khalid Ai-Mudhaf and Mohammad Al Quatami, completed an unforgettable Saturday by bouncing back from an unfortunate experience at Nottingham last time out to take the Curragh’s six-furlong feature in the hands of Ronan Whelan.
“It just goes to show what a class act she can be,” said Channon.
“Banging her head at Nottingham obviously wasn’t a great moment and there were worries about what that could have done to her mentally, but she’s such a great filly to deal with.
“She’s a real star and we’ll have a look at what there is for her now. Possibly the Wokingham, I’m not sure. I’ll have to speak to Khalid and Mohammad.”