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Celebration Mile - 23rd August, 2014

Roger Charlton's Captain Cat was a fine winner of the Sovereign Stakes last time out at Salisbury to notch a second victory on the spin and the progressive five-year-old will bid for a hat-trick on Saturday afternoon when lining up in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

Hors De Combat built on a fine third in the Britannia Stakes by finishing second in the Thorougbred Stakes at the Glorious meeting and he will return to the Sussex Downs to try and bounce back to winning ways and he has to be a leading rival to the aforementioned Captain Cat.

Rod Millman's Master Carpenter has been competing in France of late and managed to land a Group 3 prize there and will now return to British soil and has to be considered at the same level here, whilst Mark Johnston's Bow Creek was just behind Hors De Combat last time out in the Thoroughbred and that pair should be tightly matched again.

Chil The Kite disappointed when fifth of six in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last weekend and will need to bounce back here to land any significant blow, whilst the likes of What About Carlo and Producer add significant depth to what should be a cracking Saturday contest.

Celebration Mile History

The Celebration Mile is a Group Two race run over a mile at Goodwood for horses aged three years or older.

Established in 1947, the race has been giving various names down the years including the Wills Mile and the Goodwood Mile, but it has kept the name the Celebration Mile since 1989.

Since its inception it has seen some top class winners of the race and there are no more so than the great Brigadier Gerard, who won the race back in 1971 for Dick Hern and Joe Mercer.  Arguably one of the greatest racehorses in horse racing history, Gerard had already won the 2000 Guineas earlier in the season before winning this contest in style. 

Like many to have followed in Brigadier Gerard's footsteps, the winner of this race have then gone on to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a feat last achieved by Poet's Voice in 2010.

Sir Michael Stoute has an excellent record in the race and amazingly notched up six winners of this race in the 2000s including saddling Chic to victory in 2004 and 2005.

Looking back at the race's history the up-and-coming three-year-olds tend to have  a decent record against the older horses as they may be taking on their elders for the first time.

Recent Winners of the Celebration Mile

  • 2000 - Medicean
  • 2001 - No Excuse Needed
  • 2002 - Tillerman
  • 2003 - Priors Lodge
  • 2004 - Chic
  • 2005 - Chic
  • 2006 - Caradak
  • 2007 - Echelon
  • 2008 - Raven's Pass
  • 2009 - Zacinto
  • 2010 - Poet's Voice
  • 2011 - Dubawi Gold
  • 2012 - Premio Loco