Goodwood August Festival: Afsare’s mile run is cause for Celebration

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Afsare justified his tag of favourite to land the biggest prize of Goodwood’s August Festival - the £100,000 Betfair Celebration Mile.

The six-year-old is being tipped to make an impression at Group 1 level after his second major success in little over a week in the feature race on the second day of the festival.

Sara Cumani, representing husband Luca, feared the worst as Afsare’s issue with entering the stalls threatened to resurface - but once the race was under way he went a couple of lengths clear under Andrea Atzeni.

Sent off 11-8 favourite after a Group 3 win at Salisbury last week, Afsare had too much for closest challengers Stipulate and Trade Storm.

The winning trainer’s wife said: “I was worried about the ground and the way he behaved at the stalls but he travelled so well and has a lot of class.

“The Breeders’ Cup Mile would be the race I aimed him at but they won’t let you use your own stalls handlers. He could go for the QEII, he has a lot of options.”

Elsewhere, it was a fine day for those who follow the Observer’s Goodwood tips - we picked out three winners and had two second places.

Our first success came in the Group 3 Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes which was won by Ed Dunlop-trained Amazing Maria, the 6/4 favourite ridden by Gerald Mosse.

We followed that by scoring with Magic City, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, who won at Goodwood for the third time this season by taking the afternoon’s other £100k contest, the Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap.

The 13/2 favourite was another win in a remarkable season for deadly Downs duo Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes.

Hannon had another success - less expected - later in the afternoon when the Carlisle Support Services Stakes went to William Twiston-Davies on 25/1 shot Mister Music. Our selection Trader Jack was second.

Our tips also included Alquimia, who finished second to Veiled Intrigue (Fergus Sweeney/Henry Candy, 3/1) in the Greene King Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Our other successful selection came in the March Stakes, claimed by 2/1 joint favourite Harris Tweed (George Baker/William Haggas).

The Chichester City Stakes rounded off the second day of the three-day festival and was won by 11/8 favourite Magog, ridden by James Doyle for Roger Charlton.

The action continues on Sunday, when the highlight is the £60,000 Group Three Greene King Supreme Stakes (4.30pm).

We’ll have tips for the card on this website on Sunday morning.

STEVE BONE