Certificate lands Varian big pot
Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Goodwood as Certficate justified favouritism in the big handicap.
Certificate justified hefty support to take the Goodwood Revival Handicap in fine style.
The 7-2 favourite has developed into an imposing specimen and Andrea Atzeni was not going to be denied once sending his mount to the front.
Although followed through by Suzi's Connoisseur, Big Time and Nuno Tristan, the Roger Varian-trained Certificate stuck his neck out to hold on by a head and half a length.
Chris Richardson, of owners Cheveley Park Stud, hopes Certificate can now take a step up to Listed class.
He said: "You can see what a big horse he is and, being a Pivotal, he needed that bit of time.
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"Roger Varian has done a good job with him and let's hope there's a chance of some black type moving forward.
"Funnily enough he's untypical of his sire and loves fast ground."
Tara Celeb carried on a fine family tradition when gamely making a winning debut in the Absolute Aesthetics maiden Fillies' Stakes.
The 11-1 shot refused to be denied when harried by Money In My Pocket throughout the final furlong, holding on by a neck, with Bella Alissa catching the eye finishing best of all in third.
Winning owner The Tara Moon Partnership like nothing more than having winners at Goodwood and spokesman Mike Tourle said: "This is our local track and Mick (Channon, trainer) advised us to come here rather than Brighton.
"He said this track would suit her better and his wise words have paid off.
"She has only been in training for three months and almost all the progeny of our mare Tara Moon are winners. Tara Moon has a Mastercraftsman foal and is now in foal to Al Kazeem."
Winning jockey John Egan added: "The good quick ground suited her and she's going to improve as she steps up in trip." Platitude atoned for a disappointing performance last time when running away with the Lewis Badges 1832 March Stakes under Andrea Atzeni.The Dansili gelding was well beaten when sent off favourite for the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last month, but he made no such mistakes this time.The 13-8 market leader set sail for home at the two-furlong pole and it quickly became a procession with the Khalid Abdullah-owned winner crossing the line five lengths clear of Vive Ma Fille, with Mr Singh a further seven lengths back in third.Stoute said: "He ran a bit flat in the Gordon Stakes and was drawn very high when second at Royal Ascot."Being a gelding, the St Leger is out of the question, but he's clearly in good heart."
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