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Ratings Update: Lightning Spear ready for return to the top
Ben Fearnley recaps the main updates to the Timeform ratings after last weekend, which featured group racing at Goodwood and the Curragh.
The feature race of the weekend, the Celebration Mile at Goodwood, only attracted five runners, though they were at least a high-quality bunch, with four of them having contested at least one Group 1 race earlier in the season.
The only horse that didn’t fit into that group was the favourite, Thikriyaat, who was stepping back up to Group 2 level after winning the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at the Glorious meeting last month. Something was clearly not right with Thikriyaat from an early stage on Saturday, however, as he was off the bridle from a long way out, and he was later found to have a fibrillating heart. He is now Timeform rated 118 (loses his p), but had looked most-progressive prior to this, so is well worth another chance if all is well with him physically.
The Celebration Mile was won by Lightning Spear (124), who returned to the form of his third behind Tepin in the Queen Anne Stakes to take advantage of a drop in grade after contesting the Sussex Stakes and the Prix Jacques le Marois in two starts since. He now looks ready for a return to the top level, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes likely to be on the agenda.
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