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Blast From The Past: Celebration Mile
This week Blast From The Past goes back to 1996 when Goodwood's Celebration Mile was won by a 2000 Guineas winner on his way to becoming Timeform Horse of the Year...
Goodwood’s Celebration Mile may not itself be a Group 1 contest but it’s been won by plenty of Group 1 milers over the years. In 2010, for example, it went to the subsequent Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Poet’s Voice, ridden by Frankie Dettori and trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
Fourteen years earlier, the Godolphin team won the Celebration Mile with another future ‘QE II’ winner, Mark of Esteem. With a rating of 137 that season, Mark of Esteem was Timeform’s Horse of the Year in 1996, as well as Best Three-Year-Old Colt and Best Miler. Besides going on to put up the best performance of the season when winning the Queen Elizabeth II impressively from the 1000 Guineas winner Bosra Sham, that was also the day when Dettori went through the Ascot card to complete his famous ‘Magnificent Seven’.
Mark of Esteem was a Guineas winner himself, returning from a winter in Dubai to win at Newmarket in a thrilling finish with Even Top and Bijou d’Inde. Looking back now at his overall record, Mark of Esteem was clearly a ‘good thing’ at Goodwood, but that certainly wasn’t how things looked at the time. He started favourite, but only at 11/4 in a field of seven where all bar one of the runners started at 6/1 or shorter.
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