Friday 20 April 2018

Poet's Voice set to return for defence of Celebration Mile

POET'S VOICE, last year's winner, could have his first run since the Dubai World Cup in Saturday's Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained colt ran out an impressive winner 12 months ago and followed up in Group One company a few weeks later when winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Stablemate Emerald Commander also features among the possibles.

Richard Hannon's Strong Suit will attempt to continue his renaissance in the new colours of Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock, while stablemate Dubawi Gold would be on a recovery mission after a below-par run in the Hungerford Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's sole remaining entry is the three-year-old Zoffany. The Irish challenge will possibly be strengthened by Dermot Weld's admirable six-year-old Famous Name which in 27 races has never run in England.

Beacon Lodge could run for Clive Cox while Premio Loco, Set The Trend, Zafisio and Riggins are the other possibles.

•Charlie Hills enjoyed a dream start to his training career when Blaise Chorus, his very first runner, won at Kempton. Hills continued his fine start when Cockney Dancer (9/2) took the opening race at Windsor. And to make it a real family affair, both were ridden by Charlie's brother, Michael.

Irish Independent

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