WEST Ilsley trainer Mick Channon was cock-a-hoop after Barbill plundered the valuable Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes at the Curragh.

The two-year-old, who was scoring for the first time since making a winning debut at Bath in May, picked up €147,000 for his connections after coming home half-a-length ahead of Flashcard under John Egan.

“It’s nice to come over and get a few quid,” said Channon. “On form he had a great chance, and I think he’s run to his mark. He kept going, he’s toughh. He deserved it, as he just got beaten in a Listed race and ran a cracker in a Group race as well.”

Back on these shores, Channon enjoyed more juvenile success with Cotubanama and Valentino Sunrise in nursery handicaps at Salisbury and Ffos Las respectively.

Nicola Currie got Cotubanama up close home to land a six-furlong contest by half a length at the Wiltshire track, while fellow apprentice Darragh Keenan made his first ride at the South Wales course a winning one by piloting Valentino Sunrise to a clear-cut victory over five furlongs.

Channon also struck with So Near So Farhh in a mile-and-six-furlong handicap at Carlisle under Franny Norton.

Kingston Lisle trainer Heather Main beat her previous best tally of 13 winners in a calendar year when Fair Selene gained a thrilling success at Kempton.

Fran Berry brought the four-year-old filly with a powerful late run in a mile handicap to pip Squire and Oskemen by a short head and a head.

East Ilsley trainer Hughie Morrison was also on the mark at the Sunbury track when Quicksand, who had been off the course since finishing third to St Leger runner-up Lar Ti Dar on her debut at Newbury in April, justified 5-6 favouritism in a mile-and-a-half novice stakes under Richard Kingscote.

Morrison and Kingscote teamed up for further success with Sod’s Law, who opened his account with a

length-and-a-quarter victory in a mile handicap at Ffos Las.

Optimum Time regained winning ways for Eve Johnson Houghton’s Blewbury stables in a mile handicap at Lingfield under Eddy Greatrex, while Keeper’s Choice, ridden by Berry, claimed a seven-furlong handicap at Sandown for West Ilsley trainer Denis Coakley.