William Hill Celebration Mile
Group 2, Goodwood 15:35
£125,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m, Class 1
Saturday 27th August 2022


1 Jadoomi 100/30
2 Finest Sound 7/1
3 Escobar 11/2
5 ran Distances: nk, 2½l, ½l
Time: 1m 40.86s (slow by 3.76s)

A select field of five went to post for the Group Two feature on the Sussex Downs, with Mutasaabeq the even-money favourite to open his account for the campaign following a string of placed efforts.

Finest Sound was a 7-1 shot, having been sent back into battle just a week after finishing second in York’s Strensall Stakes, with Jadoomi 100-30 to follow up a Listed success in France in July.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s pair were first and second for much of the race, with Finest Sound leading Jadoomi, while Mutasaabeq waited in the wings in third.

But when push came to shove the market leader faded tamely, leaving the Crisford duo locked in a straight shootout in the final furlong.

Finest Sound did his best to hold onto the leader, but Jadoomi and William Buick – who was recording the third leg of a 708-1 five-timer on the card – mastered him late on, with a neck separating them at the line.

“I’m absolutely delighted – couldn’t be happier. Both of them ran a huge race,” said Ed Crisford.

“Jadoomi loved that ground and stayed well. Finest Sound has run an absolute blinder and I thought he’d nicked it to be honest, but Jadoomi just outstayed him at the very end on that ground.”

Considering future plans, the trainer added: “Finest Sound has had quite a few races in quick succession, so we’ll see for him.

“With Jadoomi you’ve got races like the Prix Dollar on Arc weekend at ParisLongchamp and he’s also in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown, so I think we’ll just see how he is and go from there.

“He does like this softer ground, so I think we’ll follow the rain really.”

Buick had earlier been successful with Fairy Cross and Hoo Ya Mal, and went on to add further wins with Lunarscape and Secret Shadow.

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Celebration Mile (Group 2)
£125,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m, Class 1
5 runners
Going: Good to Soft

1 (5)     Jadoomi 4 9-6 Simon & Ed Crisford William Buick 100/30
2 (4)
nk Finest Sound 5 9-6 Simon & Ed Crisford Andrea Atzeni 7/1
3 (3)
Escobar 8 9-6 David O'Meara Jason Watson 11/2
4 (2)
½ Mutasaabeq 4 9-6 Charles Hills Jim Crowley EvsF
5 (1)
Stormy Antarctic 9 9-6 Ed Walker Kieran Shoemark 12/1

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