Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Celebrate with Cesare in mile

Cesare faces no easy task giving weight away all round in Goodwood's feature totesport.com Celebration Mile, but should be up to the job.

James Fanshawe's charge has continued to progress in some very classy company this season and makes plenty of appeal with conditions set to suit.

A close fifth behind Ramonti in Royal Ascot's Queen Anne Stakes has been boosted with the Godolphin-trained winner going in again at the highest level in the Sussex Stakes.

And cosy victories either side of that eclipse underline the Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding is well up to holding his own in Group Two company.

Cesare made light of a troubled run when powering away from some smart sorts in this grade last time and will take a deal of beating once again.

Sense Of Joy will arrive at the Sussex venue with a big reputation after a most impressive debut win at Newmarket.

John Gosden's daughter of Dansili ran right away from her rivals to score by five lengths on that occasion, earning herself a prominent position in the ante-post betting for next year's 1000 Guineas.

Goodwood can be a tricky course for juveniles to adapt to and Sense Of Joy faces some serious competition in a strong-looking renewal of the totescoop6 Prestige Stakes.

Yet there was no denying how smart she looked at Headquarters and punters are advised to avoid taking her on.

Some very smart speedsters are set to lock horns in the totepool Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes on the Westwood, and preference is for Robin Bastiman's Borderlescott.

This admirable five-year-old went agonisingly close to securing back-to-back gold medals in the ever-competitive Stewards' Cup last time.

Prior to that fine run, Borderlescott had acquitted himself with great credit in top-flight company, and he fully deserves to win a race of this nature.

Last year's winner Baltic King, potentially smart three-year-old Hellvelyn and course specialist Pivotal's Princess are in oppositon, but none of that trio appear to have fared so well in the draw.

Windsor stages a competitive evening card for punters to get stuck into, with Winged Cupid making plenty of appeal in the Group Three totesport.com Winter Hill Stakes.

Second in the Racing Post Trophy as a juvenile, Godolphin's colt made light of a big absence to slam seven rivals on his return to the track in June.

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