"Smashing" Johan will have chances to score in big handicaps says Mick Channon

Johan sprang a 28/1 surprise in the Lincoln on Saturday for ex-footballer Mick Channon and the trainer hopes the handicap form with continue as the flat season kicks in.

Mick Channon is content to bide his time with Johan who was a shock 28/1 winner of the Lincoln at Doncaster on Saturday.

Formerly with William Haggas, the five-year-old stayed on well for a one and a quarter length win from the Crisford's Saleymm.

Ex-footballer Channon hopes the Zoffany gelding will continue notching in handicaps and the the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot is viewed as an "obvious" target.

"It was a great result and I was pleased for everyone," said the West Ilsley-based handler, who was capped for England at soccer.

"You can't really have big expectations going into those big handicaps, but his work has always been good and he's just a smashing horse.

"He was a very good horse for William and was actually broken in here as a yearling. The owners have horses with me and William and split them up and that's how he came to come back to us, I think.

"William did very well with him and his form is there in the book, so we'll have to see where we go from here."

He added: "I suppose you'd have to keep him in handicaps, but it's going to be harder as the handicapper has put him up another 4lb. We'll have to look at a few stakes races as well, but there's nothing firmed up at this stage.

"The Hunt Cup is the obvious one and you have all those big handicaps at Goodwood and places like that, but we are a little bit ground dependent - we don't want it too firm or too soft."

Meanwhile, Channon's Flash Betty is catching the eye at home and may be a Classic contender for the 1000 Guineas.

"We've got the trials coming up soon and we have a nice little filly called Flash Betty," said Channon.

"She probably won't be good enough for the real big ones, but she could possibly go for the Nell Gwyn or the Fred Darling.

"She is in the 1000 Guineas, but she'd have to run well (in a trial) and then we'd see."

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