Glorious Goodwood: Strong field go forward for Betfred Mile

Roger Varian, who trains Horsted Keynes
Roger Varian, who trains Horsted Keynes

A total of 79 horses have gone forward for the richest handicap of the week at Glorious Goodwood, the £130,000 Betfred Mile.

The market for the Friday, August 1, contest is headed by Buckingham Palace Handicap runner-up Horsted Keynes (Roger Varian) and eye-catching Windsor victor Homage (William Haggas), who are 10/1 joint-favourites with the sponsor.

Varian has also left in John Smith’s Cup hero and potential top-weight Farraaj (12/1), while Roger Charlton could be represented by Captain Cat (12/1), who has not run since taking out the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile impressively at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.

Other prominent in the betting include 2012 Betfred Cambridgeshire winner Bronze Angel (12/1, Marcus Tregoning), who got back to winning ways at York on July 12, Britannia Handicap third Hors De Combat (12/1, James Fanshawe) and easy Sandown scorer Velox (12/1, Luca Cumani).

Betfred Mile - Betfred bet: 10/1 Homage, Horsted Keynes; 12/1 Bronze Angel, Captain Cat, Farraaj, Golden Town, Hors De Combat, Moohaarib, Torchlighter, Velox; 14/1 Ayaar, Belgian Bill; 16/1 Abseil, Almargo, Bow Creek, Busatto, Championship, Russian Realm, Two For Two; 20/1 Halation, Heaven’s Guest, Snowboarder, Tanseeb; 25/1 Baltic Knight, Buckstay, Capo Rosso, Charles Camoin, Chosen Character, Dance And Dance, Emell, Field Of Dream, Fire Ship, Gabrial’s Kaka, Heavy Metal, Here Comes When, Johnno, Majestic Moon, My Freedom, Off Art, Our Channel, Pastoral Player, Prince’s Trust, Secret Art, Short Squeeze, Steeler, The Rectifier; 33/1 Apostle, Artigiano, Askaud, Boom And Bust, Boomshackerlacker, Brazos, Equity Risk, Fort Bastion, George Guru, Georgian Bay, Jack’s Revenge, King Torus, Lyn Valley, Magic City, Magnus Maximus, Marcret, Red Avenger, St Moritz, Storm King, Trail Blaze, Trumpet Major, Yeager; 40/1 Burano, Crowdmania, Ifwecan, Maverik, Moonday Sun, Secret Recipe, Tellovoi; 50/1 Excellent Guest, Mabait, Postscript, Rebellious Guest.