The Celebration Mile (Saturday 4.30) is a Group-2 Race run around a bend at Goodwood. It was first established in 1967, earning its Group-2 status 10 years later.
Michael Stoute is the leading trainer with 8 winners, two of which have come in the last 10 years, whilst Frankie Dettori has ridden two of the last 10 winners. 3-year-old have the best record, providing 6 of the last 8 winners.
There are 9 possible runners for the 2016 Celebration Mile.
Group-2 winner last year, but has been failing to fire with his stable out of form. Could bounce back with his stable’s last runner winning, but questions to answer.
Breton Rock 20/1
Another Group-2 winner, but he’s definitely best with some cut in the ground, which he’s unlikely to get. Also not at his best in two previous runs at Goodwood.
Listed winner who often runs creditably in these types of race. Ran well in the Susses Stakes, but behind Toormore there.
Typically not been rushed by trainer William Haggas, and won a Listed Race on his final start since. Not seen since, but Frankie Dettori boked to do the steering again.
Lightning Spear 7/1
Ran an excellent race behind Tepin and Belardo at Royal Ascot, but only sixth in the Susses Stakes, behind both Toormore and Gabrial.
So Beloved 10/1
Form has hit new heights this season but, whilst he’s a dual course winner, he’s possibly better over 7-furlongs. Only seventh in the Susses Stakes.
One of only two 3-year-olds in the field, and this Michael Stoute trained horse looks to have the better form in the book. He’s won 4 of his 5 starts, and his second to Ribchester at Royal Ascot looks high-class form now. That was over 7-furlongs, but looks well-suited to the demands of racing over a mile, and won a Group-3 over course distance at Glorious Goodwood.
Has an excellent record at Group-2 level, and should run his race with his stable back in better form. Has finished 1/1/2 in the Group-2 Lennox Stakes, and finished fourth behind three high-class 3-year-old over course and distance in this year’s Sussex Stakes.
Easy winner of a Listed Race last time, following the same winning route to this as last year’s winner, and stablemate, Kodi Bear. Form of that win doesn’t looks as strong as that of Thikriyaat, but a classy 3-year-old none the less.
Celebration Mile Summary
Toormore looks the pick of the older horses, and I wouldn’t put anyone of an ante-post each-way play with 9 runners in the field. However, Thikriyaat looks to have the best form in the book behind Ribchester, is the right age, and is trained by 8-time winner Sir Michael Stoute (5 of his 8 winners have been 3-year-olds).