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Horse Racing: 'We're pleased with him and he has a great chance' - Hannon on Mr Aviator; BETFAIR CUP.

2.15 Goodwood

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Key stat A good race for classier horses. In the last ten seasons, the record of those rated 108 or higher reads 3111. The two qualifiers this year are Emirates Skyline and Championship Point

What they say

Mick Channon, trainer of Championship Point

"He's in good nick but will run only if the rain comes. The ground was heavy and he had a bad draw at York last time. You can forget that run."

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to Richard Hannon, trainer of Mr Aviator"We're very pleased with him.

He came out of his Ascot win very well, already has courseand-distance form and has a great chance."

William Knight, trainer of Illustrious Blue

"He has had a little break since Ascot where the race wasn't run to suit him, but Goodwood is his favourite track."

Walter Swinburn, trainer of Pinpoint

"We are stepping him back up in trip. The tempo of a mile race on fast ground is a bit quick for him these days, and the draw is not ideal."

Peter Makin, trainer of Watamu

"He'll appreciate the drop in class, he's in good order and he has run well at Goodwood before. He needs to come from off the pace and he'll have plenty of time to get himself sorted."

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Saeed Suhail, trainer of Gulf Express

"The visor brought out what we thought he had in him at home all the time. I feel he will improve quite a bit for that as he had been held up before Sandown. He doesn't have a good draw, so Ryan Moore will have to drop in, which a visor will help him do."

Charles Egerton, trainer of Humungous

"It'll be his third race in ten days, but he's come out of his last race well and is a tough horse escaping a penalty. If he runs to Ascot form, he has a very good chance."

Mark Tompkins, trainer of Kinsya

"He whacked his head on the stalls at Nottingham, which was why he ran so badly. I've always thought a lot of him, but he would prefer ground on the softer side, so any rain would help."

Sir Mark Prescott, trainer of Caravel

"He just sneaked into the race. He was very good in the autumn when winning five consecutive races. He was a good third at Sandown and would have just a squeak in this. He's well drawn, but something with a bit more class might beat him."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2008
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