Tobougg Guineas hope

Mick Channon unveiled another future star yesterday when Tobougg made a winning debut in a maiden at York, earning a 25-1 quote from Ladbrokes for the 2,000 Guineas.

Mick Channon unveiled another future star yesterday when Tobougg made a winning debut in a maiden at York, earning a 25-1 quote from Ladbrokes for the 2,000 Guineas.

The two-year-old colt is bred to be good, being by Barathea out of the French Oaks winner Lacovia, and showed abundant promise on the racecourse in overcoming obvious greenness to come from last to first and score by a length and three-quarters, without being asked a serious question.

"That's a relief," Channon reflected after the 2-1 favourite had provided a first return on the 230,000 guineas paid for him as a yearling by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.

"We have always thought he is a very good horse, but he is still a big baby," the trainer said. "He is in all the big races - the Dewhurst, the Salamandre and the Racing Post Trophy - but he has only won a maiden and I will need to speak to Sheikh Ahmed.

"He is a lovely horse and you can see that he will improve," Craig Williams, his jockey, added. "He hardly knew he had a race."

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