Godolphin Ready for Goodwood
Richard Pankhurst (John Gosden/Andrea Atzeni) tries for more G2 success in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood, UK, on Saturday, August 26.
The five-year-old horse has made one appearance so far in 2017, when finishing eighth and last in the G3 Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on July 1.
Last year, the son of Raven’s Pass put up his best performance with success in the G2 Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury.
John Gosden said: “Richard Pankhurst is coming to himself and will appreciate the ground drying out.”
The five other starters in the Celebration Mile include last year’s first and second, Lightning Spear and Zonderland, plus G3 scorer Hathal.
Peace Trail (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby) has her first Pattern race appearance in the seven-furlong G3 Prestige Stakes.
The two-year-old Kyllachy filly made all on debut, when the cosy half-length winner of a seven-furlong maiden at Newmarket on August 12.
Peace Trail faces nine opponents including Listed winner Izzy Bizu plus course and distance scorer Billesdon Brook.
Her trainer Charlie Appleby said: “We were pleased with Peace Trail’s first outing at Newmarket and she has come out of the race well.
“She in drawn a bit wide on Saturday (stall 10) but she went forward at Newmarket and is a straightforward enough filly, so hopefully she can overcome it.
“I think she should run a big race.”
Walton Street (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby), who is unbeaten in two starts, steps up in both class and distance to contest the Listed March Stakes over a mile and six furlongs.
The three-year-old son of Cape Cross was successful by two lengths in an 11-furlong handicap at Goodwood on August 4 after starting out by winning a Pontefract maiden in July.
Charlie Appleby continued: “Walton Street progressed from his first to his second run and has come out of his latest start in good shape.
“The March Stakes is the next step up for him. He is a slightly hard horse to assess at home, because he is not known for being a work horse.
“But you can’t be any happier with what he has achieved on the track so far.”
White Desert made a winning debut over 10 furlongs at Newbury on July 13 and contests the handicap over a mile and a half, while Mountain Hunter triumphed over a mile at Newmarket on August 4 and runs in the handicap over a furlong further.