Happy Power charged up for Goodwood Celebration

Sussex Stakes fourth has ‘fighting chance’

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Happy Power is expected to play a leading role in the Ladbrokes Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday.

The Andrew Balding-trained son of Dark Angel was last seen finishing fourth over the course and distance in the Sussex Stakes and now drops back to Group Two company.

Though both of Happy Power’s wins this season have come on soft ground, the Kingsclere handler feels he can be equally as effective on a quicker surface.

Balding said: “He ran very well in the Sussex Stakes, but he is a decent horse. The three-year-olds look very well represented in the race so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.

“He handles ground with ease in it really well, but he has run some decent races on good ground so he should be fine as long as it doesn’t turn too quick.

“We’ve always liked the horse and the Jersey Stakes just came too soon after he won at York. We probably should have waited until Goodwood after York and if you take that run away he has been very progressive.

“It is a tough race, but on his Sussex Stakes run he goes there with a fighting chance.”

Richard Hannon feels dual course winner Beat Le Bon has plenty in his favour as he bids to complete a four-timer.

Hannon said: “Beat Le Bon is going up in grade into the big pond now, but he likes the track and will like the ground.

“He is finally maturing now and that is why he is starting to come good. Pat Dobbs has struck up a good relationship with the horse and has helped to get him relaxed early in his races.

“These are the best horses he has taken on, but I would like to think he is better than a handicapper. He loves it at Goodwood and we know he gets the mile well.”

Jockey Robert Havlin feels the John Gosden-trained Turgenev can be in the shake-up if returning to the same level of form that saw him finish second in the Britannia at Royal Ascot two starts ago.

Havlin said: “Turgenev ran well in the Britannia where he just got collared late on. He didn’t really run up to the same level the last day at Newmarket and we couldn’t find anything afterwards.

“He is a really good work horse in the morning and is still working well. Hopefully if he comes back to his Britannia form he can be involved. The small field might help him and he seems to go on any ground.”

Completing the field is Duke Of Hazzard, who will fly the flag for Paul Cole, the William Haggas-trained Skardu and Nyaleti from the Mark Johnston yard.

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