Afsare was an emphatic winner of the Group Two Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood.
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Luca Cumani's six-year-old had had one or two issues raised in relation to his attitude in the past but he's seemed a reformed character this season and having won readily at Salisbury nine days ago, the punters were keen to be on board for his step up to Group Two company.
In a race staged at a cautious pace given the conditions at the track, Premio Loco and Aesop's Fables attempted to control things from the front but Andrea Atenzi was content to sit off the pace and having made headway from the rear after they went past halfway, he produced the gelding to lead with a furlong to travel and soon had the race in safe keeping.
Stipulate ran on to be a never nearer second with Trade Storm in third having made eyecatching headway from off the pace at the furlong pole.
The winning trainer's wife Sara said: "Gary Witheford, the horse behavioural expert who has worked with Afsare, was not present and his son Craig was deputising at the start.
"I was very nervous as I thought the ground was against him after it rained and then he started playing up before going in the stalls," said Mrs Cumani.
"Last time Gary was down there, maybe it was something to do with that, but Andrea gave him a beautiful ride.
"You never know if they are going to pick up on the ground until they come off the bridle but he did it really well.
"There are lots of options for him, sadly he's not in the QEII, and I'd love to take him to America for the Breeders' Cup Mile. The problem is you aren't allowed to take your own stalls handlers to America, and Gary can't go anyway.
"He's a fantastic horse, though, and I'm so pleased he's showing it."