Betfred Mile preview: Cumani has Velox primed to strike
Last Updated: 01/08/14 3:52pm
Luca Cumani: Confident Velox will go well on Friday
Views from connections ahead of Friday's Betfred Mile, with Velox bidding to follow up his impressive Sandown success.
Luca Cumani believes he has Velox in prime condition for the Betfred Mile at Goodwood on Friday.
The four-year-old, with just eight career starts behind him, looked to be on the upgrade when storming to victory at Sandown four weeks ago and Cumani reports his preparation for this valuable handicap to have gone smoothly.
"He's in good form, he's got a workable draw (10) which will suit him and everything is in position for a good run," said the Newmarket trainer.
"He's in excellent form, but obviously this is a very tough race and you need plenty of luck in running."
George Baker's two runners have been dealt contrasting hands in the draw.
"We are drawn one (Belgian Bill) and 20 (Boomshackerlacker), so we have everything covered," he said.
Baker was bemused by Belgian Bill's uncharacteristic poor start in the International Handicap at Ascot last weekend when he lost all chance by being extremely slowly away.
"We are running Belgian Bill because he had no race at all last Saturday in the International. He just stood still in the stalls which was totally out of character," said the Manton handler.
"It's very confusing. I think he was just looking at something. He's such an inquisitive horse.
"Ryan Moore sensibly looked after him. He seems fresh and well at home.
"His next run after this will be in Turkey. We'll give him an entry in a couple of races there, so timing-wise it seemed wise to press the go button again. He's in good form.
"Boomshackerlacker ran a fine race in Vichy last Friday, second in a Listed race. He looked all over the winner until caught close home.
"Drawn 20 is very tough for him. We're just going to have to take our medicine, slot in and ride him for lots of luck."
Magic City is a three-time winner at the course and his trainer Richard Hannon is expecting a decent run.
"He has won here before and seems best on a turning track, and, though all his best form has been at seven furlongs, he got the mile well enough when second at Salisbury last time, and they pulled well clear of the third," the Marlborough handler told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.