Celebration is Stoute’s Main Aim

With only 4 runners remaining to contest tomorrow’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood, connections of Main Aim are confident the colt will put up a bold showing.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the 5-year-old has never won over a mile, but his fourth place in the Betfair Cup last time out suggested a return to form was near and the small field for tomorrows Group Two feature provides an ideal opportunity.

Owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe said: ”It’s just a small field, but I think there are three too many runners! Sir Michael is pleased with the horse and I don’t think he’ll mind the softer ground.“

He added: ”He was disappointing at Royal Ascot, but he ran decently at Goodwood last time and I hope he’ll be able to find his best form this weekend.

”He’s a pretty versatile horse at anything from six furlongs to a mile. He was good enough to finish fourth in the Queen Anne last year, so you can’t say he doesn’t get a mile. We’re looking forward to it and we’re hopeful he’ll run a big race.“

Frankie Dettori rides Poet’s Voice for Saeed bin Suroor who was encouraged when his 3-year-old colt was narrowly beaten at Salisbury last time.

”I was very happy with Poet’s Voice on his latest start at Salisbury because he settled well and saw out the mile,“ Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.

”He has come out of that race in good shape and has been working well. I think that we have found a nice race for him and I am hopeful that he can run well.

”We will see how much rain there is ahead of Saturday but he would ideally prefer good ground.“

Kieron Fallon takes the ride on course winner Summer Fete, the only filly in the line-up. Her trainer Brian Smart is confident she can leave her recent form behind now she has conditions in her favour.

He said: ”She’s certainly got her ground and she’s a course winner. She’s been a little bit disappointing this year but she’s never had her ground. She’s much better when there is some cut in it, so I’m hoping for a big run.“

Completing the line up is 6-year-old Vitznau who comes into the race with just one win this year on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in March.

Trainer Richard Hannon is hopeful his horse can spring a surprise now he has conditions to his liking after a long wait.

”We have been waiting all season for some soft ground for this fellow so, while he comes out badly on the ratings, maybe there will be a turn-up,“ the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.

”His three wins on the turf have all been gained when there was cut in the ground, and he will relish the conditions, but it could be a tactical affair.“

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