Beat The Bank fancied to bag another Group 2 prize in Celebration Mile
Ladbrokes Celebration Mile | Group 2 | 1m | 3yo+ | ITV/RUK
Beat The Bank has run well without making the frame in four attempts in Group 1 mile races, but he is two from two at Group 2 level and a strong favourite to extend his record in the £125,000 Ladbrokes Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.
After being seen to very good effect in Ascot's Summer Mile, the King Power Racing four-year-old was well-fancied for the Sussex Stakes.
However, it did not work out there and, though not beaten far, only finished fifth. His best form suggests he has a shade more class than most of his seven rivals here.
Trainer Andrew Balding said: "Beat The Bank has a great chance. He's in fine form and with any luck he'll go very close. I can't make excuses for the Sussex, but it didn't quite pan out for him and he still ran a pretty solid race."
Stormy Antarctic is in tip-top shape according to trainer Ed Walker, who reckons his odds of around 8-1 are borderline insulting.
Walker, speaking from the United States, said: "I'll be sorry to miss Stormy Antarctic, as I think he's got a great chance. He's only just shy of top-class and has been second in three Group 1s.
He was only beaten in Germany by Benbatl, who had the run of the race. He settles well now, is in the form of his life and isn't an 8-1 chance in my book."
No filly has won the Celebration Mile since Echelon in 2011, but two have live chances here, and both receive a weight for age concession on top of the fillies' allowance.
Altyn Orda, second to the brilliant Alpha Centauri at Newmarket, represents Roger Varian, who said: "She ran a career best when finishing runner-up behind an exceptional filly in the Falmouth and this has been plan since, with the race working nicely from a timing perspective.
"She's only raced away from Newmarket once, so this track is an unknown, but she heads there in excellent form and ought to be in the thick of things."
Nyaleti has a 3lb penalty, but she has plenty of good form and was a Listed winner over the course and distance in May.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to father Mark, said: "She didn't disgrace herself in Chicago, where she was stuck for room at a crucial point and could have finished in the frame with a clear run. She has good form over course and distance and is bang up to this level."
Oh This Is Us is one of the toughest milers around and had Zonderland behind when second at Salisbury last week.
Trainer Richard Hannon said: "He's in great form and I was delighted with his run in the Sovereign Stakes. It looks a decent renewal of this race but he’s more than capable and I see no reason why he shouldn’t be bang there."
David Simcock bids for a third successive win, following success in 2016 and 2017 with this year's Sussex Stakes winner Lightning Spear. Arod has traditionally carried the same Qatar Racing colours, but following his sale for 145,000gns at Newmarket last month the 2016 Celebration third races for the Two Towers Partnership.
Simcock said: "It was great we kept hold of Arod at the sales. This looks a tough ask at the weights but he's fresh and well and likes the track."
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