Dubawi Gold takes Celebration Mile at Goodwood

Dubawi Gold swept through for a cheeky success in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood today to somewhat replenish Richard Hannon's strength in the division.

Dubawi Gold swept through for a cheeky success in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood today to somewhat replenish Richard Hannon's strength in the division.

The miling squad is hardly threadbare at the Hannon stable with Strong Suit and Dick Turpin still on the scene, but the retirement through injury of Canford Cliffs is still keenly felt.

It did not feel like a terrific renewal of the Group Two race, and it looked booked for a surprise winner in Set The Trend with a furlong remaining until Richard Hughes dealt another of his typical hold-up flourishes.

Like Canford Cliffs, Dubawi Gold (3-1) had also fallen victim to Frankel, when a distant second to the supreme colt in the 2000 Guineas, and Hannon felt Hughes' exaggerated waiting tactics had cost him a compensatory Classic victory in the Irish version.

He was disappointing on his comeback in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury, but there was no need for Hannon to worry this time as the pair scampered past nearly every rival in the final furlong, keeping half a length up their sleeves.

Dubawi Gold became the fourth three-year-old in a row to claim the honours, while last year's winner and 15-8 favourite Poet's Voice was last of the seven, disgracing himself further by attempting to bite Beacon Lodge in the final stages.

"He ran too free at Newbury and didn't settle," said Hannon.

"I enjoyed that - it's what keeps you racing.

"He should really have won an Irish Guineas, and he ran a hell of a race in the English.

"I suppose we might look at the QEII (Ascot) but he'll probably go for the Prix du Moulin for his next race."

Regal Realm will follow another route to Group One company after her escapology act in the Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes.

The 2-1 favourite, second in the Princess Margaret last time, and jockey Jimmy Fortune were held up several times when attempting to weave through rivals, but grabbed their final opportunity and slipped past Rakasa and Questing almost on the line.

"There was an anxious moment or two," admitted trainer Jeremy Noseda.

"They were looking for one or two - they went for a couple of gaps and lost them both but in fairness, she went all the way to the line.

"We had a few little hiccups with her and missed Royal Ascot but we have learned that she needed further and it's great to win a Group race.

"We'll now have a look at the Fillies' Mile."

That race, moved from Ascot to Newmarket for this year, was landed by Prestige winner Nannina in 2005.

Stan James, Victor Chandler and Sky Bet offer 16-1 for next year's 1000 Guineas, with Coral 14s.

Motrice gained due reward for her diligent service to trainer Sir Mark Prescott and owner Kirsten Rausing by coming home nicely clear in the Listed Windflower March Stakes.

A winner of three handicaps in succession last year, the grey (85-40) had placed at Pattern level, but looked very much on top of her game as she passed Akmal at the top of the straight and never looked back.

The owner's racing manager, Lord John FitzGerald, said: "I'm not sure what Sir Mark would want to do now, maybe the old Jockey Club Stakes at Ascot, or there's a staying race on Arc weekend."

The ghost of Howard Johnson will haunt the jumps season more regularly than the Flat but one of his former horses, Eton Rifles, scooped the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Stakes.

The County Durham trainer's licence was revoked by the British Horseracing Authority and his main owner Graham Wylie transferred his string to other stables, with Eton Rifles now in the care of David Elsworth under the Transcend Bloodstock banner.

Last seen running well in a Group race at Newcastle in June, the 5-1 favourite took off for Kieren Fallon once into the clear.

Elsworth's assistant Paul Holley said: "We've only had him for a couple of weeks, but he has been doing everything right at home and we thought he had a good chance because of the draw and the ground."

Hughie Morrison rates Chil The Kite who was spooked by a flag when going down to the start, bolted and knocked over stable lad Andy Dare when he attempted to catch him, but was still good enough to collect the Revival Maiden Auction Stakes.

"He didn't do a tap before-hand or in the race - he's still a child really," said Morrison of his 11-4 winner.

Another of the big-race winner's relatives, 3-1 favourite Blanche Dubawi, cruised home in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies' Stakes.

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