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Trade Storm targets success in Celebration Mile at Goodwood

Updated: Friday, 23 Aug 2013 17:21 | Comments

David Simcock
David Simcock

David Simcock is keeping his fingers crossed Trade Storm can make the most of having his sights lowered in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

A Group Two winner at Meydan earlier this year before finishing fourth in the Dubai Duty Free in late March, Trade Storm made a pleasing return to European action when fifth in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

He was beaten less than two lengths into fourth in the Summer Mile over the same course and distance and occupied the same position behind proven top-class performers Toronado, Dawn Approach and Declaration Of War in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The five-year-old returns to the same venue for this weekend's Group Two assignment and Simcock is hoping conditions do not deteriorate too much.

"He has to carry a penalty and I thought Afsare was very impressive last time," said the trainer.

"He'd probably prefer faster ground ideally, conditions were soft enough for him in the Sussex, so we'll just have to see what happens.

"He's in good form and there is nothing of that calibre (first three home in Sussex) in the race on Saturday."

Afsare appeared to relish the return to a mile when annihilating his opponents in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last week and is turned out again quickly by Luca Cumani.

He said: "We had been thinking about running him over a mile for a good while, but unfortunately he refused to go into the stalls at Ascot for the Summer Mile (July 13).

"Luckily, he went into the stalls at Salisbury and it was a good performance.

"The track at Goodwood will be no problem and I will be happy if he runs another nice race."

Chris Wall's stable stalwart Premio Loco was a surprise 20-1 winner of last year's Celebration Mile and he is back for more.

Wall said: "He's been in good form at home, so we'd be hopeful of a good run.

"He should get his ground. Arguably this looks a more competitive race than he won last year, we'll see, but hopefully he will give a good account of himself."

Last year's runner-up, Thistle Bird, is also in the line-up again.

Roger Charlton's mare returns on the back of a career-best effort when beaten just a neck by Winsili in the Nassau Stakes at the Glorious meeting.

Charlton said: "She seems to run well at tracks like Goodwood and Epsom, so hopefully she's got a reasonable chance.

"The ground is good at the moment and with a bit of rain around it might get a bit softer than that. It will probably be similar to last year, where she was staying-on in a slowly-run race and just got beaten.

"She'll be ridden a bit more prominently this year."

The line-up is completed by Aesop's Fables, Educate, Stipulate and French raider Shamalgan.

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