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Trade handed heavy Mile weight

Thu, 12 July 2012

Trade Commissioner will have to carry 9st 5lb if the hot ante-post favourite is to continue his winning spree in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood on August 3.

John Gosden's progressive gelding has marched up the handicap following his convincing victories at Salisbury and Sandown and is just 4-1 with the sponsors.

Carlton House remains the top weight on 10st 5lb after being entered in error by the Sir Michael Stoute stable, while the likes of Cambridgeshire and Hunt Cup winner Prince Of Johanne (9st 6lb) and last year's winner Boom And Bust (8st 13lb) could still be involved.

Webbow (8st 11lb) has an excellent record at Goodwood, having finished fourth in the race in 2009 and third in 2010. Also a winner of a classified stakes at last year's Glorious Goodwood, he is now with Malton trainer Julie Camacho.

She said: "Webbow is doing fine and he will hopefully head straight to the Betfred Mile, although he needs fast ground.

"He came to me in February and he looks in good form at the moment - he's cantering and working away.

"He obviously loves racing around Goodwood and his form last season was probably as good as ever. You would hope that, if he returns in similar form, then he would be competitive.

"It would be a big ask for a 10-year-old to win a race like this but we have been keeping him happy and, as long as the enthusiasm is still there, then he will continue racing."