Kodi Bear: has been all the rage for the Celebration Mile
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THERE may only be six runners for Saturday’s Doom Bar Celebration Mile, but the market has been convinced that only one horse can win all week, Kodi Bear.
Clive Cox has never made any secret of how highly he rates the three-year-old, who but for being cast in his box would have contested the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Instead, the colt made a winning return to action in a Listed race at Windsor. Fourth in the Prix Jean Prat, Kodi Bear was then sent to Salisbury earlier in the month, and was a ready winner of the Group 3 Totepool Sovereign Stakes.
Best Cox has trained
A best-priced 4-6 chance for Saturday’s Group 2 at Goodwood, Kodi Bear is in fine form according to Cox, who said: “I couldn’t be more pleased with the horse and I was delighted with his performance at Salisbury.
“He clearly comes out on top on the ratings but there are some nice horses in there against him. I have been quoted saying I think he is the best horse I’ve trained, and the Salisbury performance confirmed his potential, but he needs to keep taking steps forward. This is the next step.”
Odds-on favourites have a mixed record in recent years. Raven’s Pass won at 1-2 prior to following up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, while Delegator was was a 4-6 winner in 2009 only to be subsequently disqualified.
However, Main Aim was turned over at 4-5 in 2010, four years after George Washington was only third at 5-6.
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