Celebration Mile Tips and Betting Offers, 2:05 at Goodwood, 24th August 2019
Celebration Mile Tips
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At this stage of the flat racing season trainers are very much thinking about how they can get their horses a place in British Champions Day at October. The Celebration Mile is an important race in that regard as many horses who run well in this Group 2 contest go on to compete in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The field for the 2019 renewal includes some horses who are used to performing at a high level and a number who have something to prove on this year’s form. With several potential winners we have a very good race ahead.
Three-Year-Olds Dominate the Top of the Betting
The Celebration Mile is open to horses aged three and older but the younger horses haven’t shone in recent years. Each of the last three winners and five of the last seven were aged four or older and yet it’s a group of three-year-olds who sit top of the betting.
Duke Of Hazzard is an understandable favourite given that he returns to Goodwood following victory in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood just a few weeks ago. That he can deal with the potentially tricky track at the West Sussex course is a big tick in his box.
This is a step up in class to a level that he’s not looked comfortable at before but he’s looked better since wearing blinkers and has reportedly overcome an issue that bugged him earlier in the season. Duke Of Hazzard is on the up but should he get support at 3/1 with bet365?
Many punters will believe that Beat Le Bon represents better value at 6/1 with RaceBets. Richard Hannon came into the season hoping that his colt would have a real chance of contending in the Classics but the early form was very disappointing.
It’s been a tough road back for Beat Le Bon’s connections who were delighted to see him complete a hat-trick last time out in the Golden Mile at Goodwood. He Beat Le Bon certainly rates the main danger to the favourite.
Battaash Can Put the Last Two Years Behind Him
Skardu and Happy Power are the other three-year-olds getting genuine support in the betting. They’ve taken very different routes to get here with Skardu competing at the top level but there are too many question marks about each of them to get overly excited.
Those looking for a different way to approach the Celebration Race should consider backing the veteran campaigner, Suedois at 7/1 with RaceBets. David O’Meara’s eight-year-old is still churning out consistently strong performances and was unlucky to only finish third in the Lennox Stakes and should be right up there in the closing stages of his return to Goodwood.
As we’ve seen there are many horses in with a real chance of winning the Celebration Mile. In the end though it is easiest to make a case for the favourite. He is very much on the up which is what you want at this time of the season and could even go on to be a player on British Champions Day so back Duke Of Hazzard at 3/1 with bet365.