Three days of top-quality racing at Goodwood begin with a Friday evening meeting - which itself starts with the annual Chichester Observer Apprentice Handicap.
Watch out for updates from the festival over the weekend on this website.
Friday tips: 5.10 Jake The Snake, 5.40 Hymenaios, 6.15 Djinni, 6.45 Midnight Flower, 7.20 Aye Aye Digby, 7.50 Pencombe.
Meanwhile, a high-class field of eight will go to post for the £100,000 Group Two Betfair Celebration Mile (3.30pm) on the second day of the Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Saturday, August 24.
The line up is headed by the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm, who will carry a 3lb penalty for a Group Two success in Dubai this spring, and recent Group Three Sovereign Stakes scorer Afsare.
Premio Loco and Thistle Bird, who finished first and second last year for Chris Wall and Roger Charlton respectively, lock horns again, while Godolphin is chasing a fifth Celebration Mile with last season’s Group One Prix Jean Prat hero Aesop’s Fables.
Group Two scorer Shamalgan, representing French handler Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, Listed victor Stipulate and the Ismail Mohammed-trained Educate complete the octet.
Celebration Mile - Betfair Sportsbook: 3/1 Afsare, 7/2 Trade Storm, 5/1 Thistle Bird, 7/1 Stipulate, 9/1 Premio Loco, 10/1 Aesop’s Fables, 10/1 Shamalgan, 12/1 Educate *Each Way 1/5 Odds first 3 places
Betfair Spokesman Barry Orr commented today: “Afsare got his act together last time out and looked really good in doing so and has been popular at the 3/1 mark.”
Timeform Ratings (weight-adjusted) - 136 AFSARE, 133 THISTLE BIRD, 132 PREMIO LOCO, 131 TRADE STORM, 129 AESOP’S FABLES, 128 SHAMALGAN, 127 STIPULATE, 124 EDUCATE
The seven-race card gets underway at 2.20pm with the £40,000 Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes over seven furlongs. The eight contenders include impressive six-length course and distance scorer Amazing Maria, and Group Three runner-up Midnite Angel.
Qawaasem also brings Stakes form to the table having been a close second to Majeyda in the Listed Star Stakes over seven furlongs at Sandown on July 25. The daughter of Shamardal had previously beaten a subsequent winner in a six-furlong Newmarket maiden on July 11.
Angus Gold, racing manager for her owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “It was a good run by Qawaasem at Sandown last time. I thought she was going to win and was either beaten by a better filly or just weakened a little bit in the final 80 yards.
“She did everything right and it might turn out that the winner is a good filly but we will see next time.
“The Prestige Stakes looks like a natural progression and Charles Hills is very happy with her. She is a progressive filly by a very good stallion and I’m sure she will run a very decent race.”
Other notables include eye-catching Ffos Las maiden winner Valen and Chepstow scorer Wee Jean, who is bidding to give Mick Channon back-to-back wins after Ollie Olga’s success last year.
The feature handicap on the card is the £100,000 Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap (2.55pm) over seven furlongs. A field of 19 will face the starter including the Richard Hannon-trained Magic City, who is chasing a hat-trick at the course this year, and impressive Newbury handicap scorer Glen Moss.
Betfair Cash Out Handicap - Betfair Sportsbook: 13/2 Glen Moss, 8/1 Magic City, 10/1 Arnold Lane, Galician, Music Master, Loving Spirit, 11/1 Monsieur Chevalier, Shebebi, 14/1 Head Of Steam, Pythagorean, 16/1 Intransigent, Excellent Guest, Heavens Guest, Jacks Revenge, 20/1 bar *Each Way 1/4 Odds first 4 places
Betfair spokesman Orr said: “Glen Moss got the job done easily last time out and although this is a step up, he looked well capable.
“It is a strong renewal and the International Stakes at Ascot may prove key in finding the winner here.”
Mount Athos continues his Melbourne Cup preparation in the Listed March Stakes (4.00pm) over 14 furlongs. His six rivals include Royal Ascot victor Camborne, course and distance winner Harris Tweed and French Group Two winner Tac De Boistron, who is making his debut for Marco Botti.
The going at Goodwood remains Good.
Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley said “We should be starting the meeting on some nice ground.”