Celebration Mile Betting
First established in 1975, the Celebration Mile, run at Goodwood, is one of the key mile races of the season.
It is one of the first races of the season where the Classic generation take on their elders, and punters can start to evaluate how that form holds up against the older horses.
As the race is classified as a Group Two race, it usually attracts horses just short of the top level. If a trainer decides to throw a Group One winner in, then that horse needs to carry a penalty, which tips the favour towards the other runners.
It is not widely known as a race to produce a top-class horse for the remainder of the season but the 2008 winner Ravens Pass put that theory to bed. He won at Goodwood before going on to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and also the Breeders Cup Mile.
Other top-class winners of the race include Chic, who won the race back-to-back under Kieren Fallon in 2003 and 2004, and the great Cape Cross in 1999, who went on to become a legend of the breeding game. When betting on the race punters are advised to keep some important trends onside.
The cream always seem to rise to the top in this race as 12 of the last 13 winners have been rated 103 or higher and 13 of the last 15 winners had already won at Listed or higher class level.
The 2012 renewal was pretty epic and was the first time in 15 years that a horse higher than 12/1 had succeeded as veteran Premio Loco scored for trainer George Baker.
He was headed in the final stride but showed incredible tenacity to stride back to the front in the final stages to deny the Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird.