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2020 Celebration Mile Stakes - Skardu To Light Up Goodwood

The Group 2 is Saturday's feature race over a mile at Goodwood
James Doyle riding Skardu (R, blue) win The bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on April 17, 2019 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

2020 Celebration Mile Stakes Tips & Betting Predictions

Jockey Oisin Murphy has dominated the Celebration Mile Stakes in recent years, winning this in 2016 and 2017 with Lightning Spear, then twelve months ago with Beat The Bank. 

However, he may have to play a supporting role this time as he bangs into some really classy contenders at Goodwood this Saturday, most notably in the shape of Skardu.  

2020 Celebration Mile Stakes Best Bet – Skardu @ 4.50

A winner of the Craven Stakes at Newmarket in April, Skardu aims to extend his strong run of form for trainer William Haggas this Saturday. 

The three-year-old has since finished third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh and fourth in the St James's Palace at Royal Ascot most recently. 

It's form that means he is well capable of getting involved here and given that 10 of the last 12 winners of the Celebration Mile have come from the top three betting, there's plenty pointing in his direction this weekend.

2020 Celebration Mile Stakes Best Each Way – Happy Power @ 5.00

Oisin Murphy is a man on a mission for the champion jockey's title at the minute and looks to have booked a good ride on Andrew Balding's Happy Power. 

The three-year-old won a listed race on soft ground back at York in June and also has a win on heavy ground at Newbury to his name, meaning any cut in the ground would give him a great chance this Saturday. 

He was last seen when finishing fourth in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, when only two lengths behind the eventual winner, Too Darn Hot. 

That could be a classy piece of form that matched with the fact that his jockey has won the last three renewals of this race could see him cause an upset here. 

2020 Celebration Mile Stakes Best Roughie – Suedois 7.00

This eight-year-old has been knocking on the door all season, finishing no lower than fourth in six attempts.

However, he still hasn't been first past the post since October 2017 so another run into the places looks more likely. 

He was third to Sir Dancealot in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last time, and prior to that was third behind the 2018 winner of this race, Beat The Bank, in the Summer Mile at Ascot. 

That gives him a shout at what are likely to be double-figure prices.  


Skardu’s form is proof that he’s got plenty of class and should be difficult to beat in the Celebration Mile Stakes here at Goodwood. Happy Power has claims for a jockey who has taken the last three renewals of this race, while Suedois has been banging on the door of late and is surely due a win.

Best Bet: Skardu @4.50 at bet365 - 5 Units
Each Way: Happy Power @5.00 at bet365 - 2 Units
Roughie: Suedois @7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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