Trade Commissioner winning at Sandown over 1m last monthPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Trade Commissioner camp buoyed by workout
LONGTIME ante-post favourite Trade Commissioner was on Saturday declared on course for Glorious Goodwood and Friday's Betfred Mile after pleasing connections with his latest workout.
The John Gosden-trained four-year-old, 4-1 market leader with the sponsors, has been at the forefront of the betting since completing successive wins over Friday's trip in the Coral Challenge Handicap at Sandown.
The son of Montjeu had previously been tried over a longer trip but Gosden is happy to keep him to 1m.
After watching Trade Commissioner's exercise on the Limekilns on Saturday morning, the trainer said: "He is an intended runner at Goodwood. He breezed nicely this morning and seems to handle any ground so that shouldn't be an issue. We decided to come back in trip with him a little while ago and a mile seems to suit him."
Trade Commissioner was among 43 horses to stand their ground for the race, although Royal Hunt Cup winner and second-favourite Prince Of Johanne runs at Pontefract on Sunday and looks doubtful for Goodwood.
Excellent Guest was runner-up in the Hunt Cup before disappointing at Ascot last time. However, trainer George Margarson said: "He seems in good form after his non-event at Ascot, when he headbutted the stalls and lost his race at the start.
George Margarson: upbeatPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
"It's hard to say that he doesn't stay a mile after finishing second in a Royal Hunt Cup but he travelled like the winner all the way through the race and just didn't get home. I think he will find it easier to get a mile around Goodwood, when he can be produced quite late.
"He has won on firm and good ground, so I am sure that the going at Goodwood [described as good on Saturday] will be fine for him. He has also been successful on good-to-soft ground before at Ascot, but that was when he was rated 80 and, when you are running off a mark of 98, you need everything in your favour.
"He is good nick and all of the signs suggest that he heads to Goodwood in good order."