Festival mission for Mirage team

'GOODWOOD FRIDAY EVENING (NEWS & SPORT MRW 14/6/2013''Friday night at the Goodwood Racecourse proved to be yet another great success with Andy Kato .....half of the legendary electronic dance band Groove Armada, a big late night attraction at the end of the evening's race meeting ''He is still the crowds favourite jockey ! Frankie Dettori acknowledges the big crowd as he takes Goodwood Mirage into the Winner's Enclosure from the third race of the evening ''Picture:Malcolm Wells (131663-6402)
'GOODWOOD FRIDAY EVENING (NEWS & SPORT MRW 14/6/2013''Friday night at the Goodwood Racecourse proved to be yet another great success with Andy Kato .....half of the legendary electronic dance band Groove Armada, a big late night attraction at the end of the evening's race meeting ''He is still the crowds favourite jockey ! Frankie Dettori acknowledges the big crowd as he takes Goodwood Mirage into the Winner's Enclosure from the third race of the evening ''Picture:Malcolm Wells (131663-6402)
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Frankie Dettori is building quite a rapport with talented colt Goodwood Mirage.

The popular Italian jockey steered the three-year-old son of Jeremy to victory in the 10-furlong Bibendum Stakes at Goodwood on Friday night.

It was a second successive triumph for the partnership after they teamed up for a debut win at Newmarket in October.

Dettori was banned when Goodwood Mirage made his seasonal reappearance over a mile last month.

Neil Callan rode the William Knight-trained bay to fourth behind the smart Cape Peron at Doncaster that day.

Knight was happy to strike a line through that run, though, insisting his charge was too keen on his return to the racecourse.

And after watching the colt cruise to a one-and-a-quarter-length victory over the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Persepolis, the West Sussex-based handler is now targeting an assault on Glorious Goodwood.

The mission is an obvious one, given it is the home track of the colt’s owners – the Goodwood Racing Owners Group (GROG).

Knight insists he will be kept busy between now and the five-day festival, which begins on July 30.

But he admits conditions will have to be right to get the best from the promising Irish-bred horse – after his two wins have come on soft and good ground respectively.

The Patching trainer said: ‘We were debating trip-wise after Goodwood Mirage’s Doncaster race where he ran freely.

‘But that was probably just freshness on his first run of the season. Frankie settled him well and it was nice to see him battle well and find a bit more.

‘Obviously with his owners, the festival meeting back here is very much a target.

‘But we will find somewhere between then and now.

‘I think he wants nice ground and we wouldn’t run him on quicker ground.’

Goodwood Mirage was Knight’s only runner at the track on Friday evening.

However, Dettori celebrated a double as he partnered Stormy Paradise to success in the ARM Maiden Stakes at 11/4.