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After looking like a Marillion dollars in the paddock, Lavender’s Blue put in a career-best performance on Saturday to land the Group Two Celebration Mile at Goodwood, chiefly at the expense of the Godolphin-owned favourite Benbatl.

The only mare in the field was sent off a 20/1 shot after struggling in this kind of company in her last three attempts.

Amanda Perrett’s five-year-old came with a determined run to nab Group One and Group Two winner Benbatl by a short-head at the winning line. The Saeed bin Suroor favourite was returning from a near year-long absence.

Perrett last trained the winner of this race 19 years ago with Tillerman, while Lavender’s Blue kept up the musical theme by winning in the colours of owner-breeder Benny Andersson, of Swedish supergroup ABBA.

Perrett indicated that her mare will go to Newmarket next to contest the Sun Chariot Stakes.

Meanwhile on the same Newbury card, Oisin Murphy rode the James Ferguson-trained Mise En Scene to victory in the Group Three Prestige Stakes for fillies.

Bookmakers Coral were impressed by the Qatar Racing-owned filly and make her a 16/1 chance for next year’s 1000 Guineas, while Betfair specifically make her an 8/1 poke for the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October.

Also on Saturday afternoon, the Mark Johnston-trained Dancing King made all the running under Joe Fanning to deny the well fancied Nagano by a head in the March Stakes.

Johnston had previously won the race with Sir Ron Priestley and Subjectivist, so Dancing King is certainly one to keep in your horse race trackers.


Windsor Winner

Solid Stone was also a Group Three winner too on Saturday. Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden Richard Kingscote, the five-year-old was victorious in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.

At the same venue, Teona took the Listed August Stakes for Roger Varian and Ray Dawson.


Beverley Bulletin

Tis Marvellous was a Listed winner at the weekend also, capturing the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes for Paul Hanagan and Clive Cox.

Cox is considering the Dubai International Airport World Trophy at Newbury on September 18th next for his sprinting star.


Newmarket Notes

David O’Meara’s Summerghand is rapidly becoming one of the most popular flat horses in training after the seven year-old rewarded his supporters at 16/1 by winning the Listed Close Brothers Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket.

The son of Lope De Vega has future entries in the Haydock Sprint Cup (Sept 4th), Ayr Gold Cup (Sept 18th) and the Champion Sprint Stakes at Ascot (Oct 16th).


French Fancies

Those of you that follow the French racing like me will know that Deauville’s month long “Meeting de Deauville Barrière” came to an end for another season on Sunday.

Three Group Races took place on the final afternoon, the results of which could possibly give us some pointers towards the racing on Arc weekend.

  • Garrus claimed Group Three success with a stylish win for trainer Charlie Hills in the Prix de Meautry. Odds of 66/1 with Unibet are still available for the Champions Sprint Stakes in October but some firms now go as low as 25/1.
  • Dilawar easily defeated his ten rivals in the Group Three Barrière Prix Quincey. The Aga Khan homebred trained by Alain de Royer Dupré has now totalled four career wins.
  • The high-class Glycon enjoyed a battling success in the Group Two Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained homebred was patiently ridden by Cristian Demuro and will be a force to be reckoned with over the 1m 4½f trip in his future races.

Coming up…

Group One action returns in Britain at Haydock Park next Saturday with the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park at 3.30pm.

At this stage on Monday (30th August), I’m happy to take an each-way bet on Charlie Appleby’s Creative Force at 6/1 with bet365*. The Jersey Stakes winner should be right in the thick of things in the Lancashire feature.


* Horse racing odds quoted correct at the time of writing. All betting odds subject to changes.


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