Who will be holding a Celebration after the Goodwood Mile?

The centrepiece of Goodwood’s three-day extravaganza takes place on Saturday with three Group races with £201,000 in prize money on offer across the eight races.

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The feature contest is the Group Two Ladbrokes Celebration Stakes (3.35pm). Carrying a prize fund of £60,000, the mile event is live on ITV Racing and features a number of exciting prospects among the seven-runner field.

Godolphin’s Benbatl (9/4) heads the betting as he makes his eagerly anticipated comeback for Saeed bin Suroor. The six-year-old boasts a Dubai Turf, Grosser Dallmayr Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen, Ladbrokes Stakes, Joel Stakes and Hampton Court Stakes on his glittering CV and is targeting a phenomenal 11th victory from 22 career starts. Not seen since finishing a fine third in the Saudi Cup in February, he was preparing for a tilt at the Dubai World Cup before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and despite having to carry a penalty, he should make his presence felt here.

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Regal Reality (5/2) looked back to something like his best when running out an easy winner of a Group Three event at Salisbury earlier this month and ground conditions look sure to suit.

Duke Of Hazzard (7/2) has a remarkable record at Goodwood having won three of his four starts of the Sussex Downs. The four-year-old finished a cracking second in the Group Two Lennnox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and was clearly not at his best when a well-beaten eighth behind Regal Reality at Salisbury.

Century Dream (9/2) captured the Group Three Diomed Stakes at Newbury in June before running with credit when fifth in the Group One Prix d'Ispahan at Chantilly last time out. Urban Icon (7/1), a good second in handicap company at Glorious Goodwood and Sir Busker (7/1), who finished a narrow second at York on his latest start, are others to note. Last year’s Solario Stakes winner Positive (11/1) completes the seven-runner field.

The £45,000 Group Three Ladbrokes March Stakes (3.00pm) is staged over a mile and six furlongs and is also live on ITV. A small but select field of four go to post which are headed by Cabaletta (5/4) for Roger Varian. She chased home subsequent Lonsdale Cup heroine Enbihaar in the Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and takes on Subjectivist (11/8) who finished a good third in the Gordon Stakes on the Sussex Downs before finishing seventh in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last week.

The four-runners are completed by Celtic Art (6/1) who was sixth in a handicap at Glorious Goodwood and recent Ascot winner Table Mountain (10/1).

The other Group event on the card is the £35,000 Group Three Ladbrokes Prestige Stakes. Pomelo (6/4) made a striking impression on debut when annexing a Newbury maiden by five lengths, whilst Prado (7/1) looks to build on a stylish debut success at Salisbury.

Happy Romance (10/3) who enjoyed a big payday at York last week and Isabella Giles (7/2) who finished a good fourth in Group Three company at Ascot are others to note.

Goodwood selections

1.15pm Lullaby Moon

1.50pm Pomelo

2.25pm Breath Of Air

3.00pm Subjectivist

3.35pm Duke Of Hazzard

4.10pm Seinesational

4.45pm Sword Beach

5.15pm Yukon Mission

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