FRANKIE Dettori had a tremendous final two days at York and I expect his good run to continue as POET’S VOICE is going to be extremely hard to beat in tomorrow’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood (3.20pm).
He won this race easily last year on his favoured soft ground before going on to take the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. The four-year-old was disappointing in the Dubai World Cup last time, but a mile on rain-softened ground is right up his street and tomorrow’s race should suit him perfectly.
Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes are always to be feared at this track and CASUAL GLIMPSE can land the second leg of the Betfair Summer Double (3.50pm). He is two from two at Goodwood, winning impressively here last month in a competitive handicap, and has the perfect draw in stall one.
I was at Newbury a couple of weeks ago and had a bit of a word for Hughie Morrison’s CHIL THE KITE in the maiden. He was 40/1 but ran a really eye-catching race to finish sixth on his debut and he should have a good chance to claim his first victory tomorrow at 4.25pm. The yard is in great form and it doesn’t look the strongest race.
For those of you that can’t wait until tomorrow, there’s a decent card at Newmarket this afternoon and Brian Meehan’s MOST IMPROVED has to be backed in the 2.55pm. He was mightily unlucky not to beat Kinglet over course and distance on his debut earlier in the month and compensation awaits this afternoon. Runners from Manton nearly always improve for their first run and that should be the case with this well regarded son of Lawman.
We are now less than two months away from the QIPCO British Champions Day and the fillies and mares element of the QIPCO British Champions Series is now complete. Midday tops the list after her impressive win in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The tables that are featured for each of the five QIPCO British Champions Series race categories (sprint, mile, middle distance, long distance and fillies & mares) utilise the horses’ official international ratings as compiled by the British Horseracing Authority handicappers.
The top six in the fillies and mares table are all entered to run on Champions Day on Saturday 15 October, while joint-seventh Principal Role could also appear.
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