Racing: Rematch goes to Priors on points

Priors Lodge, whose jaw was broken by a stablemate earlier this year, delivered an uppercut of his own here yesterday as surprise winner of the Celebration Mile. The five-year-old, ably driven home by Willie Ryan, inched a head in front of the trailblazing Passing Glance in the shadow of the post, with last year's winner, Tillerman, two lengths behind in third.

The first two had been split by a short-head, in reverse order, in a Listed contest at Salisbury nine days previously and, on the face of it, yesterday's result, in a Group Two race confirmed the lack of strength in depth in this year's miling division. It was Priors Lodge's 20th race and he had previously failed to win in seven starts at Group level, but his accident in April had denied him the opportunity to show the improvement occasioned by his transfer to Marcus Tregoning from Richard Hannon during the close season.

"He got a bit close to his lead horse, who lashed out and caught him on the chin," Tregoning said, "but it did no lasting harm. He had a dour old battle at Salisbury and it was the same today. But Willie gave him a terrific ride. He has such experience and got to know him in three minutes flat at Salisbury."

The near-black horse's win was some compensation for Tregoning for disappointing runs at York from his stable star, Nayef, and the former St Leger favourite, High Accolade, like Priors Lodge owned by Lady Tennant. "It's been a bit of a mixed week," he said, "but the horses are fine. The cut on a leg Nayef got in the International is healing and he'll be OK for the Champion Stakes or possibly a trip to the States, and we'll leave the blinkers off High Accolade in the Leger."

The 5-4 big-race favourite, Arakan, was disappointing, running freely in third place before fading to last, but earlier his Sir Michael Stoute stablemate, First Charter, in the Kris Kin colours of owner Saeed Suhail, stayed on strongly to win his second March Stakes, the last of the traditional St Leger trials but without a three-year-old in the line-up this time.

The colt went on to finish seventh at Doncaster 12 months ago but, although his profile has been solid and progressive this term, his next venture into Group One staying company will be delayed until next year. "He's honest and consistent, but a race like the Irish St Leger would be too much at this stage," said Stoute, who reported that Suhail's Derby hero was pleasing in his work ahead of a tilt at the Prix Niel, one of the Arc trials staged at Longchamp three weeks today.

British yards won both two-year-old features at the Curragh. Mark Johnston's Pearl Of Love, winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, was clipped to 16-1 for the 2,000 Guineas after easily beating the Ballydoyle pair Tumblebrutus and The Mighty Tiger in the seven-furlong Group Two Futurity Stakes, and Mick Channon's Majestic Desert pipped Totally Yours, trained by William Muir, in the Tattersalls Breeders Stakes.

The strength of Henry Cecil's recent revival will be tested at Goodwood today when the promising juvenile filly Ithaca faces five rivals in the Prestige Stakes, a seven-furlong Group Three contest that has spotlighted subsequent Classic heroines Gossamer and Pure Grain in the past decade.

Ithaca, a beautifully named daughter of Distant View and the Cecil-trained Oaks winner Reams Of Verse, won her maiden over today's course and distance by five lengths last month. Her rivals include Caldy Dancer, whose second in a similar race at the Curragh reads well, and Stoute's candidate Russian Dance, a good winner at Windsor.

Suggested Topics
News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Nicholas Serota has been a feature in the Power 100 top ten since its 2002 launch
art
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Life and Style
CHARGE BOOSTER: Aeroplane mode doesn't sound very exciting, but it can be a (phone) hacker's friend. Turning on the option while charging your mobile will increase the speed at which your phone battery charges
techNew book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Solutions Architect - Permanent - London - £70k DOE

£60000 - £70000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

General Cover Teacher

£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: Great opportunities for Cover...

Maths Teacher

£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: QTS Maths Teachers needed for...

Maths Teacher

£110 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Reading: QTS Maths Teachers needed for...

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?