Contradict aiming to hit the heights

Mick Channon
Mick Channon
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Contradict will bid for the Height Of Fashion Stakes crown as Goodwood launches its May Festival tomorrow.

Mick Channon has entered the three-year-old Raven’s Pass filly in the Listed battle – which will take centre stage at 3.45pm.

The former Pompey and England striker turned racehorse trainer is confident of a big performance from his charge after she claimed a maiden win at Salisbury last week.

But it will not be easy in Pattern company – also known as black type – with 10 rivals expected in the £40,000 contest which fired dual Classic winner Snow Fairy to prominence in 2010.

Ted Voute, racing and bloodstock manager to Contradict’s owner Prince Faisal, said: ‘We were very pleased with the victory at Salisbury.

‘Mick is always bounding with enthusiasm and he was very sweet on her beforehand.

‘But it’s nice when they go and do it on the racecourse.

‘She is a slight filly, who probably doesn’t take a lot of racing but we saw this race as a good opportunity to get some black type.

‘She’s rated 81 and deserves her chance in a Listed contest.

‘She was with Sir Michael Stoute last year and was placed a few times for him before coming back to our stud.

‘She had a stomach ulcer over the winter but we had it treated and I think that’s part of the reason for her improvement. We have always felt she could win a race and black type would be a bonus.

‘She ran well over the course and distance at the start of the month and we are hopeful she can make the frame.’

Elsewhere on the six-race card, which begins at 2pm, Patching trainer William Knight saddles Cool Sky in the Hippo Stakes (4.20pm) and Pulborough’s Amanda Perrett runs Head Of Steam in the Wright Joinery Company Stakes (3.10pm).