Cox targets more Goodwood glory after Bear Celebration

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Clive Cox hailed Kodi Bear after he dominated the Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

And now the Lambourn trainer is targeting more success on the Downs in this afternoon’s seven-race card, which begins at 2.10pm.

Kodi Bear made light work of his older rivals to ease clear in the hands of Gerald Mosse and win the Group 2 clash at the weekend.

The three-year-old’s success, which justified his status as the 4/5-favourite, added to his Group 3 Sovereign Stakes triumph at Salisbury on August 13.

And while sterner tests lie in store for the son of Kodiac – with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month now an option – he could not have been more impressive in his three-and-a-quarter-length win over Gabrial.

Cox, who was toasting his maiden Celebration Mile victory, was delighted to see his charge continue to show his potential with a third win of the season.

He was particularly pleased that the colt, whose official rating of 117 will no doubt be raised this week, starred on soft ground at Goodwood – having already won races on good and good-to-firm surfaces elsewhere.

Cox said: ‘He is special and he certainly showed it on Saturday. He is just a wonderful horse.

‘I am delighted and it is great when plans come together.

‘Early in the spring we were very worried about him.

‘We have always felt, potentially, he was the best I have had and now he really is going the right way.

‘He is versatile ground-wise but we tested the boundaries at Goodwood on Saturday.

‘It is a joy to be involved here in races like this and winning them. It is why we do it. It’s just amazing.’

Cox has two horses engaged at the course this afternoon.

Lightsome is set to run in the first race – the EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The two-year-old Mafki filly had to settle for second to Sharja Queen on her debut at Ffos Las.

But that was no disgrace after the winner had found only the runaway Lumiere too good first time out at Newmarket.

The ground is expected to be slightly quicker at Goodwood today and she is widely fancied to go one better.

Lightsome’s stable-mate Bobby Wheeler goes in the ebfstallions.com Peter Willett Conditions Stakes at 3.45pm.

The two-year-old Pivotal colt was fifth when making his debut at Goodwood back in May.

But last month he returned to grab an impressive win at Salisbury over seven furlongs.

This afternoon’s test is over the same trip and he faces two rivals – the Richard Hannon-trained Palawan and David Evans’ Essenaitch.

The seven-race card concludes with the Cappagh Stakes at 5.25pm.