Millman hoping Carpenter can be Master in Celebration Mile

Goodwood stages its three-day August Bank Holiday Weekend meeting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 22, 23 and 24 with some cracking action on the track in prospect.

The feature race of the meeting is the £100,000 Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile (3.30pm), which takes place on the Saturday. First run in 1967, the Doom Bar Celebration Mile boasts a very prestigious roll of honour with the likes of Brigadier Gerard, Kris, Known Fact, Milligram, Selkirk, Mark Of Esteem, Cape Cross and Raven’s Pass all having prevailed.

A total of 16 confirmations go forward for the 2014 renewal, including the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Darwin, who finished third behind the mighty Kingman at Glorious Goodwood in the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, and Cougar Mountain, who was last seen when fifth in the six-furlong Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Glorious Goodwood form could also be represented by Muteela (Mark Johnston) who was the neck runner-up in the seven-furlong Group Three L’Ormarins Queens Plate while Hors de Combat (James Fanshawe) and Bow Creek (Mark Johnston) finished second and third respectively in the mile Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes. Belgian Bill (George Baker) had no luck in running when fifth in the Betfred Mile Heritage Handicap.

Master Carpenter (Rod Millman) is set to head to Goodwood following two excellent runs in France. The three-year-old colt was third behind Western Hymn in the 10-furlong Group Two Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on July 20, having previously posted a cosy half-length success in the Group Three Prix Daphnis over nine furlongs at Chantilly on June 30.

Devon-based Millman reported: “We are hoping to run Master Carpenter at Goodwood. He was declared to run in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury last week but the ground was fast and I didn’t want to risk him on it.

“I think he didn’t see out a mile and a quarter on soft ground in the Prix Eugene Adam, although the winner is a very good horse. He would have probably been OK over that distance on faster ground but it was very heavy that day.

“A mile on good or good to soft ground will be ideal for him and, hopefully, Richard Hughes will be taking the ride.

“Although he has had a lot of races, he is still a progressive horse. He is only three and has improved with every run this season.”

Captain Cat (Roger Charlton) was the impressive winner of the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on August 14 when he accounted for Producer (Richard Hannon) by two and a half lengths. Hannon could also be represented in Saturday’s contest by Emell, who has been placed multiple times at Listed level.

Trade Storm (David Simcock) finished third in the Doom Bar Celebration Mile 12 months ago while Farraaj (Roger Varian) has been in fine form over the summer, having taken the valuable John Smith’s Cup over 10 furlongs at York.

Completing the possible line-up are Chil The Kite (Hughie Morrison), Glory Awaits (Kevin Ryan), Moohaarib (Marco Botti) and What About Carlo (Eve Johnson Houghton).

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