25 Aug

Stoute In The ‘Thik’ Of It

August 25th, 2016

Supplemented for a race his trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, has won eight times since 1987, Thikriyaat looks the one to be with in Saturday’s most valuable prize, the Group 2 Doom Bar Celebration Mile (4.30pm) at Goodwood.

One of the infrequent but popular days upon which the Chanel 4 bandwagon gets a welcome chance to set up camp on the scenic Sussex Downs, the Celebration mile features a field of just five, of which the two three-year-olds, Thikriyaat and Zonderland, hold sway at the top of the market.

Bear in mind, the Classic generation have dominated this event and then some, taking six of the last eight renewals, from a mere 11 representatives.

What’s more, Thikriyaat has been beaten just once in five career outings, and even that came when runner-up at the hands of a future Group 1 scorer, Ribchester.

He won a Group 3 over course and distance last time out on a track that can take some knowing, and looks a very solid option in the hands of Paul Hanagan.

At the time of writing, both Stan James and Paddy Power are 15/8.

Notching a double figure winners tally in the fortnight to Friday, it could actually be a quickfire ‘cross the card’, Group race, three-year-old double for team Stoute, as Ulysses goes for Windsor’s Winter Hill Stakes on Saturday evening (6.00pm).

Fit again Ryan Moore is jocked up to partner a horse who made a massive impression when winning his maiden at Newbury, earning a hike in class that saw his next start come in the Derby!

A shade out of his depth there, he was more at home when winning a mile and a half Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood.

This drop in trip to 1m 2f won’t be an issue, especially with Moore eager to make up for lost time.

Good luck!

Saturday’s best bets:

4.30 Goodwood – Doom Bar Celebration Mile – 4 Thikriyaat (win)

6.00 Windsor – Winter Hill Stakes – 4 Ulysses (win)

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