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Thursday, August 28, 2008


sportinglife.com reported:

Trainer Mick Channon has been seriously injured in a car crash in which his long-time friend, renowned bloodstock agent Tim Corby, died.

The 59-year-old ex-England football star was returning from a day at Doncaster Sales with Corby and his 15-year-old son, Jack.

The incident took place on a stretch of the M1 motorway at junction 24, near Kegworth and police were called to the scene at 4.19pm.

Corby died when the silver Mercedes he was driving left the motorway and hit a concrete pillar, said Leicestershire Police.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Channon and his youngest son were taken to the Queen's Medical Centre by air ambulance.

The former Southampton striker had an uncomfortable night in hospital and is suffering from broken ribs, a broken arm, a fractured jaw and a punctured lung, said his son Michael Channon, 33.

He will undergo surgery on Friday to pin bones in his arm and have his jaw wired.

Jack Channon was left "battered and bruised" but was not seriously injured. He is undergoing medical checks as a precaution, his brother said.

Michael Channon, a video producer, said: "We have been petrified and worried and absolutely out of our wits worrying about our own family. But as for the Corby's, our hearts really go out to them.

"Tim was a friend of Mick's for over 30 years. He was a renowned figure in the racing scene who was universally popular in the industry and he will be sorely missed by the residents of East and West Ilsley, all of his many friends, and most of all the Corby family."

Mr Channon said Mr Corby leaves wife Sheila and daughter Adriana.

He added: "Mick is conscious and able to talk from his hospital bed and he's absolutely devastated at the loss of Tim.

"His heart goes out to Sheila and Adriana."

Trainer George Margarson had known Corby for almost 30 years. They worked closely together when Corby was racing manager for John Guest, whose Barathea Guest was third in the 2000 Guineas eight years ago.

"It's terrible, it's not sunk in yet," said Margarson.

"I've known him since I was at Mick Ryan's when he was an amateur rider. Then as soon as I started training he helped me look for horses and I introduced him to Mr Guest. It was a close-knit thing.

"The yearling sales were what you associated with Tim. He talked about the yearlings having gone through the catalogues.

"I remember picking out Barathea Guest. Tim checked him out and bought him for Mr Guest. He's had some good horses and managed a lot of horses. It's a big shock to a lot of people."

One of Corby's biggest successes as an owner came under the Box 41 banner when Halicarnassus won the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock last year, ridden by Tadhg O'Shea, who said: "He'll be sadly missed.

"It will be a big blow to the yard and everybody around it as he was a popular figure in racing.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Sheila and his daughter Adriana, it's a terrible shock, especially to Mick himself who has been friendswith him for a very long time," he told At The Races.

Tony Culhane rides plenty of the Channon-trained horses and was also a close friend of Corby, who originally bought Katchit before he was later sold to Alan King, from where he went on to win the Champion Hurdle.

Culhane told Racing UK: "He was not only a business colleague he was a true friend as well.

"He was always on the phone to me every couple of weeks, especially through my ban telling me to keep my chin up or whatever.

"The thing that I remember most about him is that he may sell a horse but he took such pride in their achievements even after they had left him - like Katchit - because it gave someone else pleasure, it gave him great satisfaction.

"I think he was just an all-round good horseman, he had a good eye for a horse and he was comfortable around horses - he was straight down the line too."

PC Neil Holmes said: "The vehicle was travelling past Junction 24 southbound when the incident happened. I am appealing who saw the vehicle beforehand or saw the incident take place to get in touch."

Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, executive chairman of British Bloodstock Marketing and a long-time friend of Mr Corby, said: "Tim Corby has been a life-long and hugely enthusiastic supporter of our sport and epitomised everything that is fun and positive about it.

"Win or lose, he greeted all and sundry with a smile and a quip from his infectious sense of humour, and furthermore was a very shrewd and successful judge of horses."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mr Holmes on 0116 222 2222.


The £65,000 Group Three KBC Supreme Stakes (3.45pm), the feature race at Goodwood on Tuesday, September 2, has attracted a strong entry of 23, including sole Irish raider Duff.

Trained in Co Meath by Eddie Lynam, the five-year-old Spinning World gelding only made his seasonal debut on August 8, winning a Listed contest over a mile at Cork, but his handler believes that he has come on from the run.

"Duff won well at Cork the last day and this is his trip - seven furlongs is his best trip. He has improved from Cork and is in very good form. We’re very happy with him and we’d be very hopeful of a big run," explained Lynam this morning.

"The plan is to run Duff in the KBC Supreme Stakes at Goodwood. If the word ‘soft’ comes out of the going description, he will definitely go. They were giving it as good to soft yesterday so hopefully it’ll improve between now and then."

Duff, who was successful in the Listed City Of York Stakes just over 12 months ago before going down by a quarter of a length to Arabian Gleam in the Group Two Park Stakes at Doncaster, had a delayed start to his season after suffering a couple of minor setbacks but his trainer reports him to be over such problems.

"He’s had more setbacks than a Royal marriage this horse! He always gets little problems. He just had a bit of bad luck at the start of the year and we had a setback with him.

"Then we had a wet summer so we were slow at getting him out, but he is well again and in good form."

Among the 22 other entrants in the seven-furlong contest is the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained duo of Tariq, winner of the Group Two Betfair Cup over the course and distance in 2007 and fifth on his most recent start in the Group One BGC Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, and Winker Watson, who finished a place ahead of his stablemate in the BGC Sussex Stakes.

South African trainer Mike De Kock has also entered two in Tuesday’s race, Royal Vintage, who has been off the track since finishing second to stablemate Honour Devil in the UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba in March, and Lucky Find, who has also yet to appear since Dubai in March, when he finished sixth to the mighty Curlin in the Dubai World Cup.

The Godolphin team are also double handed, with both recent Newmarket winner Dijeerr and Listed Surrey Stakes hero Iguazu Falls entered, while Brian Meehan has this race as an option for Sharp Nephew. The three-year-old son of Dr Fong has been successful on three of his four starts, two of which came at Listed level, but hasn’t been seen since winning over a mile on the all-weather at Lingfield in April.

John Gosden, victorious in three of the last nine renewals of this contest, has entered Group Three Criterion Stakes winner Racer Forever along with Battle Paint, while Clive Cox is represented by Dunelight, third in the Group Two Betfair Cup over this course and distance in 2007 and 2008.

Last year’s winning trainer, Mark Johnston, has entered course and distance winner Laa Rayb, who followed up success in the valuable totesport International Stakes at Ascot on July 26, with a close second in the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last time.

Seamus Buckley, Clerk of the Course at Goodwood, is confident that Duff will get suitable ground on Tuesday and said today: "At the moment, we’re good to soft. We raced last Saturday and Sunday and the ground repaired very well indeed, but it is drying out and with a couple more dry days, I anticipate on giving the ground at the weekend as good.

"There’s no rain forecast this side of the weekend. At the moment, it is drying out and if it stays dry, we should be on some good ground by Tuesday."

Tuesday’s card gets underway at 2.00pm with the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Handicap (For Gentleman Amateur Riders), while the card also features the EBF Compton Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (2.35pm), the September Nursery Stakes (3.10pm), the TurfTV Maiden Stakes (4.20pm), the Betting Shops Back TurfTV Stakes (4.55pm) and concludes with the Best UK Racing on TurfTV Stakes (5.30pm).

Admission prices: Richmond Enclosure £27; Gordon Enclosure £19.

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