Seniority in for Golden Mile defence

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Seniority will defend his Golden Mile crown after a frustrating 12 months since he won the title at the Goodwood Festival.

The William Haggas-trained son of Dubawi has not tasted victory in six outings since that win, including two runs in Dubai earlier in the year.

However, there have been signs that the Queen’s five-year-old was returning to form when finishing second at the Investec Mile Handicap at Epsom on May 31 and fourth in Newcastle’s Seaton Delaval Handicap on June 27.

And, looking forward to Seniority’s planned run at Goodwood on August 7, Her Majesty’s racing manager, John Warren said: ‘The Golden Mile is his race.

He will be carrying more weight than last year, but I would hope all the conditions will be right for him.

‘Dubai never worked for him.

He was trained on the track there and never impressed in the mornings – he didn’t take to it.

He ran a couple of times and was disappointing, so we decided to stop while we could.

‘He hasn’t been quite right yet this season, but for Goodwood he is probably as good as he is going to be this year.

The faster they go the better, and the track really suits him.’

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