Simcock’s ace aims to go down a Storm in Goodwood’s Celebration Mile

David Simcock hopes to be celebrating after the Celebration Mile
David Simcock hopes to be celebrating after the Celebration Mile

Trade Storm will be off on his travels after he contests the £100,000 Group Two Betfair Celebration Mile on the second day of Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday meeting, Saturday, August 24.

The five-year-old has been holding his own in Group One company this season and was last seen finishing a respectable fourth behind Toronado in the brilliant renewal of the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on July 31.

David Simcock’s charge posted two promising efforts at Ascot, coming home a close fourth under a penalty in the Group Two Summer Mile in July and finishing fifth in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

The son of Trade Fair enjoyed a successful spell in Dubai earlier this year, annexing a nine-furlong handicap and the Group Two Zabeel Mile before a fourth-placed finish in the Group One Dubai Duty Free on World Cup Night, March 30.

Simcock, who trains at Trillium Place in Newmarket, said: “Trade Storm is likely to run in the Betfair Celebration Mile.

“He came out of the QIPCO Sussex Stakes in great form, but probably found the ground a little bit on the soft side and also came up against three exceptional colts, so we weren’t disappointed.

“This is more his grade in Britain and, as long as he gets decent, fast ground, we are hoping he will run a good race.

“After the Celebration, the Woodbine Mile (Grade One, September 15) in Canada is very much on the radar and he will be odds-on to go back to Dubai in the spring.”

Trade Storm could clash at Goodwood with the evergreen nine-year-old Premio Loco, who repelled Thistle Bird and Aljamaaheer to score last year, and yesterday’s impressive Group Three Sovereign Stakes victor Afsare.

Irish champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has four possible contenders, headed by last year’s St James’s Palace Stakes hero Most Improved and exciting US import Darwin.

There are plenty more top performers among the 20 other entries going forward for the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood on August 24.

Goodwood Racecourse stages a 1950s-themed August Bank Holiday weekend, rekindling the nostalgic Summer Holidays of yesteryear.

There will be a fab choice of traditional entertainment on offer together with live music and a selection of scrumptious treats. These are ideal family days out with so much to enjoy for all ages, not forgetting plenty of top racing action across all three days including the weekend’s highlight, the Betfair Celebration Mile, on Saturday.

Accompanied youngsters under 18 years of age are admitted free to all enclosures over the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Goodwood.

The racing starts late on the afternoon of Friday, August 23 - the perfect way to end the week. The first of six races, the Chichester Observer Apprentice Handicap is off at 5.10pm. The last race, the Goodwood Home Farm Handicap, is scheduled for 7.50pm. The gates open at 3.30pm.

Racing resumes at 2.20pm on Saturday, August 24 with the Group Three Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes and that day’s magnificent seven-race programme continues until 5.50pm when the Chichester City Handicap brings the action to a close. The gates open at 11.30am.

The Sunday (August 25) is the ideal opportunity to get together with friends and family to enjoy heaps of excitement at the racecourse. The seven-race card commences at 2.10pm and ends at 5.30pm. The seven-furlong Greene King Supreme Stakes, worth £60,000, is the feature race at 4.30pm. The gates open at 11.30am.

To book tickets, please go to www.goodwood.com

See the Observer on August 22 for a full preview of the Goodwood August Bank Holiday Festival - including Adam Waterworth’s exclusive Diary from the Downs