Celebration Mile

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Celebration Mile
Group 2 race
Location Goodwood Racecourse
W. Sussex, England
Inaugurated 1967
Race type Flat
Sponsor Sharp's Brewery
Website Goodwood
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
6 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* after October 31, 2015
(2yo wins not penalised)
Purse £109,400 (2016)
1st: £62,401
Celebration Mile
2016
Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, gold cap, gold tassel Red, white sash, royal blue cap Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel
Lightning Spear Zonderland Arod

The Celebration Mile is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late August.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1967, and it was originally called the Wills Mile. It was renamed the Goodwood Mile in 1971, and from this point it was classed at Group 3 level.

The race became known as the Waterford Crystal Mile in 1975, and it was promoted to Group 2 status in 1977. It was given its present title in 1989.

The leading horses from the Celebration Mile often go on to compete in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The last to win both in the same year was Poet's Voice in 2010.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Chic2004, 2005

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Joe MercerBrigadier Gerard (1971), Sallust (1972), Captain James (1978), Kris (1979)
  • Willie CarsonKnown Fact (1980), Bold Russian (1991), Mehthaaf (1994), Harayir (1995)
  • Greville StarkeyTo-Agori-Mou (1981), Sandhurst Prince (1982), Rousillon (1984), Then Again (1986)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteMilligram (1987), Among Men (1997), Medicean (2000), No Excuse Needed (2001), Chic (2004, 2005), Echelon (2007), Zacinto (2009)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1967 St Chad 3 George Moore Noel Murless 1:44.00
1968 Jimmy Reppin 3 Geoff Lewis John Sutcliffe, Jr. 1:39.20
1969 Habitat 3 Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton
1970 Humble Duty 3 Duncan Keith Peter Walwyn 1:39.20
1971 Brigadier Gerard 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern 1:42.10
1972 Sallust 3 Joe Mercer Dick Hern 1:39.40
1973 Jacinth 3 John Gorton Bruce Hobbs
1974 Pitcairn 3 Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop
1975 Gay Fandango 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 1:42.20
1976 Free State 3 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:39.40
1977 Be My Guest 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien 1:46.28
1978 Captain James 4 Joe Mercer Seamus McGrath 1:39.70
1979 Kris [a] 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:43.00
1980 Known Fact 3 Willie Carson Jeremy Tree 1:41.32
1981 To-Agori-Mou 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:38.60
1982 Sandhurst Prince 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1983 Montekin 4 Brian Rouse John Dunlop 1:39.30
1984 Rousillon 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:43.12
1985 no race 1985 [b]
1986 Then Again 3 Greville Starkey Luca Cumani 1:39.92
1987 Milligram 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:36.80
1988 Prince Rupert 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:41.50
1989 Distant Relative 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:40.08
1990 Shavian 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:37.05
1991 Bold Russian 4 Willie Carson Barry Hills 1:39.33
1992 Selkirk 4 Ray Cochrane Ian Balding 1:41.72
1993 Swing Low 4 John Reid Richard Hannon Sr. 1:38.94
1994 Mehthaaf 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:39.12
1995 Harayir 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:36.73
1996 Mark of Esteem 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:41.18
1997 Among Men [c] 3 Michael Kinane Michael Stoute 1:38.34
1998 Muhtathir 3 Richard Hills John Gosden 1:38.46
1999 Cape Cross 5 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor 1:38.64
2000 Medicean 3 Pat Eddery Sir Michael Stoute 1:38.65
2001 No Excuse Needed 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:38.23
2002 Tillerman 6 Richard Hughes Amanda Perrett 1:38.13
2003 Priors Lodge 5 Willie Ryan Marcus Tregoning 1:37.63
2004 Chic 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:43.22
2005 Chic 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1:37.89
2006 Caradak 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:37.26
2007 Echelon 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1:38.97
2008 Raven's Pass 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:39.30
2009 Zacinto [d] 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1:41.54
2010 Poet's Voice 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:39.22
2011 Dubawi Gold 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:39.16
2012 Premio Loco 8 George Baker Chris Wall 1:41.21
2013 Afsare 6 Andrea Atzeni Luca Cumani 1:38.60
2014 Bow Creek 3 Joe Fanning Mark Johnston 1:37.76
2015 Kodi Bear 3 Gérald Mossé Clive Cox 1:39.46
2016 Lightning Spear 5 Oisin Murphy David Simcock 1:35.96

a The 1979 running took place at Ascot.
b The 1985 edition was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
c Cape Cross finished first in 1997, but he was relegated to last place following a stewards' inquiry.
d Delegator was first in 2009, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

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