Finjaan is bound for Goodwood again with trainer Marcus Tregoning keeping options open as to whether his high-class charge will contest the £100,000 Group Two totesport.com Celebration Mile (3.05pm) on Saturday, August 28 or the furlong shorter £57,000 Group Three Supreme Stakes (3.55pm) the following day.
The Royal Applause four-year-old’s only start over a mile saw him finish ninth to Sea The Stars in the Group One 2,000 Guineas in May, 2009. Since then, the colt has proven himself as a classy seven-furlong performer.
Finjaan’s biggest triumph to date came over that shorter distance at Glorious Goodwood in July, 2009, when he saw off Balthazaar’s Gift to win the Group Two Betfair Cup.
Tregoning’s charge has recorded two wins from three starts at Goodwood, his other victory coming as a juvenile in the Group Three Betfair Molecomb Stakes over five furlongs. His only defeat at the course happened when he finished seventh, beaten just over four lengths, to potential totesport.com Celebration Mile rival Lord Shanakill in this season’s Betfair Cup.
Tregoning revealed today: “There are two races at Goodwood that weekend for Finjaan and he will go for one or the other. He will line up there but I haven’t decided whether it will be in the totesport.com Celebration Mile or the Supreme Stakes.
“He is absolutely fine, we just haven’t been very lucky with him this year. He doesn’t want soft ground, that’s the thing, and it was on the soft side at Newbury last time.
“He has a very good record at Goodwood and his last run there in this year’s Betfair Cup was disappointing because nothing went right for him. Hopefully, things will go better this time.
“At this stage I’m keeping it quite open as to which race he will run in. I don’t think I would worry about a mile for him but, as we’ve seen, he is very effective at seven furlongs.”
Also among an excellent entry for the totesport.com Celebration Mile are Group Two Summer Mile hero Premio Loco, Group Two Hungerford Stakes victor Shakespearean, 2009 Group One Sussex Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle, successful in the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Tuesday, and fellow top-flight scorer Beethoven.
The totesport.com Celebration Mile boasts an enviable roll of honour. Raven’s Pass landed the spoils in 2008 en route to victory in the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Grade One Breeders’ Cup Classic. Other exceptional winners include the great Brigadier Gerard (1971), Kris (1979), Known Fact (1980), Milligram (1987), Selkirk (1992) and Mark Of Esteem (1996). The fantastic mare Chic is the only dual winner, scoring for trainer Sir Michael Stoute in 2004 and 2005.
Saturday also features the seven-furlong £40,000 Group Three Chichester Observer Prestige Stakes (3.40pm) for two-year-old fillies and the £40,000 Listed Windflower March Stakes (2.30pm) over a mile and six furlongs. The Supreme Stakes is the feature race of an enthralling seven-race card on Sunday, August 29.
Goodwood also stages an evening fixture on Thursday, August 26, prior to its late August highlight