A return to Goodwood for the Group 2 Molson Coors Celebration Mile on August 23 is on the cards for Wannabe Yours following his victory in the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (1600m) at Goodwood on Friday.
The three-year-old son of Dubawi, home-bred by Kirdford-based Normandie Stud Ltd, had to overcome trouble in running but, once in the clear, came with a strong run under William Buick to deny Hors De Combat by a neck. Bow Creek was three and a half lengths back in third, with Shifting Power, sent off the 6/4 favourite, a disappointment in fifth.
Wannabe Yours is now unbeaten in three starts this season, having taken a maiden at Nottingham and a handicap at Doncaster.
Trainer John Gosden reported: "It's tough breeding them and then, when you own and breed, it's special to have a Group winner at Goodwood and you live locally.
"Wannabe Yours is a very smart horse. His last run last year didn't go right but he has won and won and won this year - he won by nine lengths last time in a competitive handicap. This is the last one mile, three-year-old Group race of the year in Europe, so we have been waiting for this race since Derby Day and it has been the right thing.
"Mile races are going to be his game and obvious race now would be the Celebration Mile back here.
"He is a much improved horse and I would have been very disappointed if he hadn't have won today. We will talk about where to go but it will probably be the Sussex Stakes next year! We will see - he's a nice horse.
"William had to jumble his reins and couldn't get though but he wasn't going to get up the inner. He did the right thing coming round but, with a clear run, he might have won a bit easier. Full marks to the second, he ran a proper race too."
Buick added: "It was a very classy performance. I even managed to drop my whip and he still won, so I owe him a favour. He's a very nice horse. I just got trapped on the inside, had to take back and come round, which you see horses do here, but only good horses do it.
"It was a very good performance and he is learning quickly. This horse has got a bright future. He's quite a professional little guy but he did it the hard way and nothing was easy for him.
"He is a proper miler. To step to Group One company is a long way to go but he has all that is required and he just improves. I am sure that he will get there."
1st Wannabe Yours 7/1
2nd Hors De Combat 9/2
3rd Bow Creek 4/1
Distances: nk, 3½
A return to Goodwood for the Group 2 Molson Corrs Celebration Mile on August 23 is also scheduled for Hors De Combat. Though the three-year-old was caught close home and beaten a neck by Wannabe Yours, he decisively reversed last month's Britannia Handicap form with Bow Creek.
At Royal Ascot Bow Creek had been half a length in front of Hors De Combat when second, today he was three and a half lengths behind in third. "It's annoying when you get done on the line," said Hors De Combat's trainer James Fanshawe, "but he's run very well nonetheless.
"He's improving, very much a progressive type, and now he's proven himself in Group company and at the track we may well come back for the Celebration Mile."