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Celebration Mile: Stoute in the Thik of it again
Adam Brookes previews the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday, which features two improving three-year-olds and some popular older horses.
Three-year-olds have a fantastic record in the Group 2 Celebration Mile, having won the race six times in the last eight years from just 11 representatives. When Raven’s Pass (2008), Poet’s Voice (2010), Dubawi Gold (2011) and Kodi Bear (2015) all won the race they were the only three-year-olds in the line-up, while the two three-year-olds in the 2009 renewal—Delegator and Zacinto—finished first and second. What’s more, there were no three-year-old runners in the 2013 race.
The gelded Thikriyaat has met with defeat just once from five starts, and even then he was only beaten by the subsequent Group 1 winner Ribchester (who was admittedly conceding 5 lb) in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Thikriyaat scored by only half a length from his stablemate Forge in the nine-runner Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last month, but he deserved extra credit as he had to wait for a gap two furlongs out and finished with running left, and there’s little doubt he’s open to further improvement. He's been supplemented for this race for £10,000 and has been talked about as a potential contender for the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.
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