Waterworth: Mile card is simply Glorious

Afsare ridden by Kieren Fallon winners of The Ambant Gala Stakes

Afsare ridden by Kieren Fallon winners of The Ambant Gala Stakes

Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

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Adam Waterworth warmed up for the second day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday Festival and declared: This card wouldn’t look out of place at Glorious.

This afternoon’s line-up includes the Group 2 Betfair Celebration Mile and Group 3 Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes.

But that’s not all. There is also the Listed March Stakes and Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap.

The first and last of these four races are worth £100,000 piece.

And Waterworth can’t wait for the action to start.

Goodwood’s managing director said: ‘This is our second most-important meeting of the year after Glorious.

‘And we are absolutely delighted with the line-up of races and with how they are shaping up in terms of entries.

‘Today’s card would not look out of place at Glorious – with two £100,000 races.

‘It’s good to see horses who have performed well here earlier in the season or before coming back again, along with horses who have shown up well at Royal Ascot and other top festivals.’

The Celebration Mile is the biggest race of the year on the Downs outside of Glorious.

And racecourse officials are heartened by a list of declared runners that includes plenty of highly-rated contenders.

Last year’s winner, Premio Loco, trained by Chris Wall, is set to defend the title on the back of an excellent second place at 40/1 in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

David Simcock will run stable-star Trade Storm, while Thistle Bird is also in the field.

And Newmarket’s Luca Cumani runs Afsare, who landed the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last week by six lengths.

Cumani is confident in his talent’s chances of landing a second win in 10 days.

The six-year-old’s success at Salisbury was his first start over the trip since he captured a Newmarket maiden in May 2010.

But the 116-rated son of Dubawi has proved himself a top-class performer over longer trips, including when an unlucky second in the Arlington Million over 10 furlongs last year.

Cumani said: ‘Afsare has come out of Salisbury in good form.

‘We’d been thinking about running him over a mile for a good while but unfortunately he refused to go into the stalls at Ascot for the Summer Mile.

‘Luckily, he went into the stalls at Salisbury and it was a good performance.

‘The track at Goodwood will be no problem and I will be happy if he runs another nice race.’

The Prestige Stakes for two-year-olds gets today’s card off to a flyer at 2.20pm – with eight contenders set to do battle.

Among them is Richard Hannon’s 99-rated Midnite Angel.

The seven-furlong Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap boasts 19 declared runners.

The exciting Cape Peron could attempt to atone for a narrow defeat at Glorious Goodwood in the 2.55pm race.

The three-day meeting ends tomorrow, when the £60,000 Group 3 Greene King Supreme Stakes takes centre stage on another seven-race card.

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