Channel hangs on to claim narrow victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly
- Channel secured victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Saturday
- The success was a first win in the Classic for trainer Francis Graffard
- Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot prevailed despite Channel’s lack of experience
Channel hung on to claim a narrow victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly as the British challenge failed to get competitive.
It was a first win in the Classic, being run for the 170th time, for trainer Francis Graffard, jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot while the winning filly is the only horse in training for owner Samuel De Barros.
Channel held off Commes by a head. Siyarafina, red-hot favourite to maintain her unbeaten record, could only finish sixth of the 16 starters.
Channel managed to hang on to claim a narrow victory in the Prix De Diane at Chantilly
Roger Varian’s Musidora Stakes winner Nausha faded into 14th, four places behind John Gosden’s Entitle, the Musidora second.
Boudot said: ‘I haven’t always had a lot of luck in races such as the Prix de Diane. Today though everything went like a dream. Channel is a very easy filly to ride. When Francis-Henri Graffard gave me the orders, he left me a lot of freedom.
Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot celebrates with the trophy after winning the race
‘I was able to ride her up near the lead, and when there isn’t a lot of pace, it’s important to be in a good position and not miss the kick. Channel lacks in experience, but she has a great mentality, and she learns very quickly.”
Graffard said: ‘These moments are the reason why we train. To win a Classic.. This was a dream of mine when I wanted to start training in Chantilly. Incidentally, I come from Paray-le-Monial, as does Pierre-Charles Boudot and my grandfather had horses in training with his father!’
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