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RACING: Channon gives Knight credit for Loch Ba's success
West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon was quick to pass on much of the credit for Loch Ba’s success at Newbury yesterday to former handler Henrietta Knight.
Dominic Elsworth tracked the leaders on the seven-year-old in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap Chase over three miles, before taking up the running at the second-last.
The 8-1 shot then quickly stretched clear to slam 4-1 favourite Mountainous by an easy eight lengths.
Knight had saddled Glens Boy to win the corresponding race a year ago before announcing her retirement at the end of the season.
But she is still deeply involved with the yard of her near-neighbour Channon, who deferred race plans to Knight.
Channon said: “I look through the calendar, come up with ideas and then Henrietta kicks them into touch.
“You’ll have to ask her where we will go next, I’m just the trainer, I’ve got the easy bit. She does all the schooling and planning.
“He was missing a few fences last season, but Hen has worked hard and he got in a nice rhythm today.”
Knight added: “I think he might go for one of the three-mile handicap chases at Cheltenham.”