COX HOPING FOR A GOODWOOD CELEBRATION WITH DUNELIGHT
Dunelight always runs a fantastic race at Goodwood and the colt’s trainer Clive Cox is hoping for another high-class effort from his charge in the £100,000 Group Two totesport Celebration Mile (3.10pm) at the West Sussex course on Saturday, August 25.
The four-year-old has been declared for the totesport.com Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury tomorrow, Thursday, August 16, but Cox revealed today that his charge could now side-step that engagement in favour of the totesport Celebration Mile.
He explained: “We declared on good to firm ground at Salisbury but it hasn’t stopped raining since, so I think it is unlikely that he will run there tomorrow. That brings in the totesport Celebration Mile as his next port of call and you could say that he’s a definite possible for that.”
Dunelight attempted to make all on his most recent start in the Group Two Betfair Cup over seven furlongs at Glorious Goodwood on July 31, and was only headed inside the distance as he came home two lengths third to Tariq.
In three starts at the track, Dunelight has also finished runner-up in the 2006 totesport Mile and was successful over the course and distance in the Listed Empire Property Group On The House Stakes on June 9.
Cox commented: “He’s a horse who loves the track. It’s going to be a hot race with Cesare heading that way but I would always hold my fellow in high esteem, especially at Goodwood.
“The form of his last run is very solid. The most important factor with him is top of the ground. We had such a wet period prior to Glorious Goodwood and we were in the second race on the card when the going was just on the easier side of good. If the race had been a few days later on much drier ground, then he may have just lasted a bit longer.
“He’s in great nick with himself and I’m very pleased with the way he’s come out of the Betfair Cup and as always it’s a course that we love to compete at with him.”
Cox also revealed that he may consider entering his exciting juvenile filly Don’t Forget Faith for the £38,000 Group Three totesport Prestige Stakes (2.35pm) over seven furlongs on the same day.
He said: “We might give her an entry and have a look but that wouldn’t be definite. We’re not planning a busy campaign for her and she only ran on Saturday on very quick ground.
“I really hope she’s a Guineas filly for next year. She’s big and scopey and two or three runs was the plan for this year to give us a positive starting point for next season.”
Don’t Forget Faith defeated subsequent Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes heroine Visit when wining her maiden at Newmarket in June, and was short of room before running on to finish half a length second to Albabilia in the seven-furlong Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at the same course on August 11.
The tremendous seven-race card at Goodwood on Saturday, August 25, commences at 2.05pm with the Listed Windflower March Stakes over a mile and three quarters.
Goodwood’s two-day Bank Holiday weekend meeting continues on Sunday, August 26, when the feature event is the £28,000 Listed EBF Alice Keppel Stakes (3.20pm) over 10 furlongs for fillies and mares.