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‘I loved him’ – former England striker lands £100,000 winner days after passing of his best friend

, ‘I loved him’ – former England striker lands £100,000 winner days after passing of his best friend

FORMER England striker Mick Channon celebrated a bittersweet £100,000 winner on the weekend – as it came just days after the passing of a close friend.

Ex-Three Lions frontman Channon, who went into training after hanging up his boots, landed the mega money Cambridgeshire Handicap with 25-1 outsider Majestic.

Channon in his glory days for England, which saw him score 21 goals in 46 appearances

He became a hugely successful racehorse trainer after hanging up his boots and recently banged in a £100,000 winner in a massive handicap race

The four-year-old gelding looked out of it until absolutely flying home under apprentice jockey Aidan Keeley at Newmarket.

Victory brought with it a cheque for £103,080 – and the promise of much greater riches from a young horse really going places.

In truth, Channon is no stranger to huge winners in the world of racing.

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Still the all-time leading goalscorer for Southampton, Channon, 73, has earnings of more than £3.3million on the Flat in Britain alone over the past five seasons.

He almost hit the stratosphere in terms of cash with his stable star Youmzain.

A three-time runner-up in the Arc de Triomphe – the self-titled ‘world’s best race’ being run this Sunday in Paris – he pocketed £1.9m over three years from 2007.

But had things been different – Youmzain lost by a combined two-and-a-half lengths in all – he would have won £4.5m.

Fine margins – and a lot of money.

Channon hasn’t had a superstar in the same vein as Youmzain since but still can turn a very tidy profit from a good one.

Unfortunately Channon, who scored 21 goals in 46 appearances for England between 1972-77, was self-isolating so couldn’t be at Newmarket last weekend.

But watching the win on TV would have been just the tonic after learning of his friends passing earlier in the week.

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Syndicate pioneer Henry Ponsonby died ‘suddenly but peacefully’ at his home on Thursday September 15.

Described as a ‘complete one-off’, a celebration of his life will be held in Lambourn on October 20.

Talking about their friendship, Channon wrote in the Racing Post: “He made people laugh.

“That’s a life right there. I loved him.”

, ‘I loved him’ – former England striker lands £100,000 winner days after passing of his best friend
Channon’s good friend and big racing character Ponsonby, left, sadly passed away recently

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