Back to the drawing board for Channel team

‘It was disappointing, but I don’t want to make any excuses’

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Francis-Henri Graffard is making no excuses for Channel’s disappointing display in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Having provided her trainer with a first Classic success in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly in June, she travelled from France in a bid to double her top-level tally on the Sussex Downs.

However, she could finish only seventh of nine runners behind Japanese ace Deirdre.

Graffard said: “It was disappointing, but I don’t want to make any excuses. The race was just too strong for her.”

Graffard is keen to let the dust settle before committing Channel to future targets, but added: “She has come out of the race well. We could look at the Prix Vermeille, but we’ll assess her between now and then.”

Back to the drawing board for Channel team
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