Celebration Mile 2016: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The Celebration Mile is the feature race on Saturday's card at Goodwood
The Celebration Mile is the feature race on Saturday's card at Goodwood

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide for Saturday's Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

"He can become Sir Michael Stoute's seventh winner this century in this Group 2."

Celebration Mile
Saturday August 27, 16:30

1. Toormore (Richard Hannon) Holding his form well this season in some tough races, won Mile at Sandown (by neck from Dutch Connection) in April, before making the frame in both the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at this track (three and a quarter lengths fourth of 10 to The Gurkha). Respected at a track he goes well at (also won Lennox Stakes here last season) but may struggle to give weight away all round here.

2. Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam) Productive 2015 campaign included wins in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom and Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot (by one and a half lengths from Lightning Spear) as well as a half-length second to Solow in the Sussex Stakes over this C&D. Return to the scene of one of his best runs is a positive but has been well below form on three starts this season, finishing last of 18 in the July Cup and 10th of 11 in the Prix Jacques le Marois on last two starts.

3. Lightning Spear (David Simcock) Looked a potential top-notcher last season for Olly Stevens but was unable to make a breakthrough outside of handicap company. Posted a career best on first start for David Simcock this season when third in Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot (one and three-quarter lengths behind Tepin) in June, but yet to build on that in two subsequent starts in Group 1 company since. Progress seems to have stalled but does drop in grade here.

4. Thikriyaat (Sir Michael Stoute) Relentlessly progressive this season, only losing unbeaten record in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot to subsequent Prix Jacques le Marois winner Ribchester, and improved on that again when winning Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes over this C&D last month (by half a length from Forge). Value for more than the winning margin suggested that day, having to pick his way through the field (had to wait for gap 2f out and switched 1f out) and hitting the line with running left. Open to further improvement and looks to have an excellent chance of following up here.

5. Zonderland (Clive Cox) Sixth of 13 to Galileo Gold in 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on return and has built on that since, winning five-runner listed race at Sandown in May (by two and a quarter lengths from Atlantic Sun) and seven-runner Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last time by one and three-quarter lengths from Master The World. This race a realistic task on the back of that last win and hard to rule out further improvement given progressive profile.

Timeform Celebration Mile 1-2-3
1. Thikriyaat
2. Zonderland
3. Toormore

Timeform Analyst's Verdict:
Three-year-olds have dominated this and THIKRIYAAT looks to have everything going for him as a C&D winner whose only defeat so far came at the hands of recent Prix Jacques le Marois hero Ribchester. He can become Sir Michael Stoute's seventh winner this century in this Group 2. Zonderland can complete a 1-2 for the classic generation, while Sussex Stakes fourth Toormore has to be respected given his good record here.

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