Jack Channon is getting more and more excited about promising filly Caernarfon

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The daughter of Cityscape provided Channon's father Mick with success in the Montrose Fillies' Stakes last autumn and it would be somewhat fitting if she was to build on her 1000 Guineas fourth and provide the younger Channon with a Classic victory in his first season since taking over the training licence at West Ilsley.

As well as assisting his father, Channon has previously spent time working for Clive Brittain, and having been encouraged by what he has seen from Caernarfon since Newmarket, is now looking forward to her next big-race assignment, believing she compares favourably with some former top-class fillies.

"We're really excited and she ran an absolute belter in the 1000 Guineas," said Channon.

"I've been very lucky to have been around some very good fillies in the shape of Rizeena and obviously some of dad's very good fillies - Samitar, Queen's Logic, Music Show, Nahoodh and all those - and it's very exciting to have one again. They are very hard to come by, but she gives me a similar feel to some of those good ones."

Caernarfon was staying on strongly in the closing stages of the 1000 Guineas but will now have to prove her stamina as she takes the leap up to a mile and a half on the Downs.

However, Channon has always felt she would benefit from tackling further than a mile and is quietly confident she will take the challenge of the Oaks in her stride.

He continued: "Her work has taken a step up since Newmarket and she did a wonderful piece of work on Friday that has got everyone very excited. We're quietly hopeful she stays.

"We felt going into the Guineas she would benefit from going up to a mile and a quarter. It's one of those where we don't know if she will stay a mile and a half but she has all the assets to and she looks a stayer physically, even if her pedigree doesn't reflect that.

"The way she runs and the way she races will say there is a chance and she looks to have improved a bundle since the Guineas.

"Her work has improved immeasurably and her well-being and her coat and everything else, I couldn't be happier with. We're excited to give it a whirl."

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