The Group-1 Sussex Stakes (Wednesday 3.10pm) is the flagship race of the Glorious Goodwood meeting, and the 1-Mile race has been open to 3-year-olds and older horses since 1975.
3-year-olds have had most success, winning 6 of the last 8 renewals, with the other two winners in that time being Frankel who was winning his second Sussex Stakes after also winning it as a 3-year-old, whilst the brilliant Solow won last year as a 5-year-old.
10 runners are set to go post for the 2016 Sussex Stakes.
Listed Race winner two starts ago and, though often placed at Group-Level, he’s an unlikely winner.
Looked a potential top-draw performer when winning the Group-2 Celebration Mile over course and distance last year, but has flopped four-times since. His inform trainer reaches for first-time cheek-pieces, and could be a danger if they help recapture his course form.
Probably ran his best race yet when third to Tepin and Belardo on his debut for trainer David Simcock, seemingly appreciating the emphasis on stamina there, but this may be more of a speed test.
Was a big talking horse after his Royal Ascot win as a 2-year-old, but has been really disappointing on his last two runs.
Won both his course starts since joining David O’Meara, and may well outrun his odds, even if he’s not up to this class in theory.
Has an excellent course record with form figures of 1/2/1, though Group-1 have proved beyond him so far. Beat yesterday’s winner Dutch Connection in last year’s Lennon Stakes, and could go well at a price.
Beat Galileo Gold in Irish 2,000 Guineas, but was only third to him in the St James Palace Stakes. No surprise if he took his revenge on better ground though, but stable not has a winner for two-weeks.
The 2,000 Guineas has won his last 5 starts on home soil, losing in France and Ireland in between, and won a Group-2 at Goodwood as a 2-year-old. Has an obvious chance, though best form is on slower ground.
Another who would prefer softer ground, and held by Galileo Gold on 2,000 Guineas Form.
All starts on soft ground so far, and everyone was under the impression he would improve for the step-up to 10-furlongs last time. Could improver for the better ground, but it’s an unknown.
Sussex Stakes Summary
Three-year-olds have the best record and, though this year’s English, Irish and French 2,000 Guineas form has yet to be boosted by the placed horses, none of the older horses are truly group-1 performers. Awtaad has the worst of the draw in stall-10, so the finish may well be fought out by Galileo Gold and The Ghurka. Preference is for Galileo Gold who looks to have more tactical pace, and has already proven himself at Goodwood.