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Sixties Icon pictured at Norman Court Stud: the St Leger hero sired his first winner on Sunday when Vanessa obliged at Musselburgh

  PICTURE: Norman Court Stud 

St Leger hero Sixties
Icon off the mark

ST Leger winner Sixties Icon became the first British-based freshman sire to get off the mark on Sunday when the Mick Channon-trained Vanessa ran out the easy winner of the 5f seller at Musselburgh.

Mick Channon -York - 2006

Mick Channon: trains 13 of Sixties Icon's first two-year-olds

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

The filly was her sire's first runner when unplaced at Kempton on March 31 and subsequently put her experience to good use when third in a seller at Redcar on Monday.

Sixties Icon has since been represented by two other runners, both of whom were saddled by Mick Channon.

Vanessa is the first foal out of herunplaced dam, Fly Butterfly, and was bred by Channon in partnership with Norman Court Stud in Wiltshire, where Sixties Icon stands for £4,500.

The regally-bred Sixties Icon - the nine-year-old is by Galileo out of Oaks heroine Love Divine - didn't race at two but swiftly made up for lost time at three for Jeremy Noseda, winning three of seven starts including the St Leger and Great Voltigeur Stakes.

He returned at four to take the Jockey Club Cup and captured a trio of Group 3 events at five.

He has nearly 45 two-year-olds to represent him, 13 of whom are registered as in training with Channon. Other representatives include Ziggie Stardust, a half-brother to 1,000 Guineas hopeful Samitar who was knocked down to John Hills and Amanda Skiffington for 58,000gns at the Tattersalls October Sale.

 

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