Weights have been revealed for the £130,000 Betfred Mile, the feature race on day four of Glorious Goodwood on Friday, August 2.
Trainer Clive Cox is enjoying a fabulous season, headed by the success of Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and now the Darley July Cup at Newmarket, and has two interesting contenders in Dream Tune (8st 13lb, 14/1 with Betfred) and Haafaguinea (8st 9lb, 14/1).
Dream Tune was last seen out at Royal Ascot, when he ran a great race to finish second in the seven-furlong Buckingham Palace Handicap, while the lightly-raced Haafaguinea, a winner of two of his three starts, has not been seen out since winning the Esher Cup Handicap over a mile at Sandown Park on April 26.
The Lambourn handler reported: “Dream Tune is a possible for the Betfred Mile. He is on 95 at the moment so I just need to see where he sits.
“There are a few other things to sort first, but I am very much hoping that he will be heading in the Goodwood direction.
“It was a great effort over seven furlongs at Royal Ascot and I am keen to step him up to a mile after that run.
“The race is also a possible option for Haafaguinea. He just had a little hold-up after Sandown so that’s why there is some uncertainty as to where he will go next. At this stage, I would say Dream Tune is the more likely starter.”
The 2011 winner Boom And Bust (16/1), trained by Marcus Tregoning, and Royal Hunt Cup fifth David Livingston (12/1), in the care of South African trainer Mike de Kock, head the weights for the Betfred Mile with 9st 10lb - with both rated 106.
The Andrew Balding-trained Stirring Ballad, Betfred’s 7/1 favourite and winner of the Tatler Handicap at Glorious Goodwood last year, is set to carry 9st 1lb, while other notable contenders include the lightly-raced runaway Leicester maiden winner Nine Realms (8st 11lb & 10/1), who has been given a handicap mark of 93, and the Richard Hannon-trained Wentworth (8st 10lb & 10/1) who went up 1lb in the ratings for his excellent third at Sandown on Saturday.
Betfred Mile - Betfred prices:
7/1 Stirring Ballad, 10/1 Nine Realms, Wentworth, 12/1 Belgian Bill, Cape Peron, David Livingston, Field Of Dream, 14/1 Ashaadd, Dance and Dance, Dream Tune, Fast Or Free, Fury, Haafaguinea, My Freedom, Queensberry Rules, Tarikhi, Trade Commissioner, Windhoek, 16/1 Arsaadi, Boom And Bust, Two For Two, Validus, 20/1 Asatir, Brae Hill, Danchai, Es Que Love, Famous Poet, Jack’s Revenge, Lockwood, Mabait, Mister Music, Pintura, Rockalong, Roserrow, Sandagiyr, Sirius Prospect, 25/1 Brendan Brackan, Capaill Liath, Captain Bertie, Ehtedaam, Fire Ship, Galician, Head Of Steam, Les Troyens, Pied A Terre, Santefisio, Set The Trend, Spa’s Dancer, Stepping Ahead, Trader Jack, Trail Blaze, Vainglory, Viewpoint, 33/1 Albaqaa, Ardmay, Boots and Spurs, Dubai Hills, Hi There, Justonefortheroad, Lord Ofthe Shadows, Muharrib, Postscript, Rebellious Guest, Shebebi, St Moritz, Swiftly Done, Well Painted, 40/1 Ayaar, Be Perfect, Common Touch, Discernable, Flashlight, Noble Citizen, Related, 66/1 Steelriver.
* Each way 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4. All quoted. Ante Post rules apply