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  • 15:20 Betfair Celebration Mile 1m

  • (Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 1m 41.21s
  • Off time: 15:21:33

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Last Updated: 24/08/12 2:06pm

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Trumpet Major: Meets Aljamaaheer on better terms

Trumpet Major: Meets Aljamaaheer on better terms

Roger Varian has his fingers crossed that the weather will not scupper the Goodwood recovery mission of Aljamaaheer in Saturday's Betfair Celebration Mile.

The lightly-raced Dubawi colt has been a growing force all year, striding clear in a Listed race at Newmarket before closing for third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, there have been few more obvious-looking hard-luck stories than his most recent experience on the Sussex Downs at the Glorious meeting when he ran in the Thoroughbred Stakes.

Jockey Paul Hanagan was terribly short of room at crucial stages in the home straight before eating up the ground to finish third behind the dead-heating pair of Trumpet Major and Archbishop.

"He has been training really well since his luckless run in the Thoroughbred Stakes," Varian told his official website.

"I think he has a good chance but a dramatic easing in the ground would be a big concern."

Right There

Trumpet Major re-opposes on better terms at the weights and the Richard Hannon team are confident of retaining the title they collected 12 months ago with Dubawi Gold.

A winner of the Craven Stakes and fourth in the 2000 Guineas, his disappointing effort in the Irish equivalent was quickly discarded.

"He may have been a bit lucky to beat Aljamaaheer last time, but we are 4lb better off and we'll be disappointed if our fellow is not right there again at the finish," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

Sir Henry Cecil's Chachamaidee is unbeaten from two starts at Goodwood and followed up her 2011 Glorious success when sweeping clear in the Lennox Stakes.

Bird Gamble

Another filly to try her luck will be the Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird, who has been successful in back-to-back Listed races.

Charlton is unsure whether the gamble will pay off, and said: "It's a bit of a double jump in class from a Listed race to a Group Two.

"We've had to give it quite a lot of thought as to whether it was worth it or not and I'd be very satisfied if she finished second or third but it is a question if she is second or third, I don't know if she's capable of that or not.

"Sometimes fillies get on a roll and she's won her Listed races well, but this is tougher.

"If we can achieve a Group Two placing then I think the owners will be happy."

The other two runners cannot be written off easily either. Chris Wall's Premio Loco is back to a mile after a fruitless effort over further and has already finished third, behind Canford Cliffs, in a Sussex Stakes.

Mark Johnston's Van Ellis has also hit stride of late, winning a six-furlong Listed event at Chester last time.

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