Sussex Stakes 2022: Your Tipping Guide To This Year’s Sussex Stakes Stakes

One of the summer’s biggest horse racing spectacles is almost upon us with the Glorious Goodwood Festival and the unmissable fixture spans five fantastic days where there is plenty of top-class action for punters to look forward to including several Group 1 races headed by the Sussex Stakes.

The feature race of the week takes place on the second day of the Goodwood Festival and promises to be an unmissable clash of the feature Group 1 which has been won by some top-class performers including Too Darn Hot, Solow, Kingman, Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Henrythenavigator amongst others in recent years.

Sussex Stakes Tips on Day 2 of Goodwood Festival

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Qatar Sussex Stakes

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owner details Baaeed Place Bet

The Qatar Sussex Stakes of 2022 looks like a particularly fascinating clash of the generations, with the unbeaten superstar Baaeed set to represent the older horses, and Coroebus currently top of the tree in regard to the milers in the classic generation.

This is far from a two-horse race, however, with a superb supporting cast in contention to upset the applecart. With the Sussex Stakes betting suggesting that this could be one of the most eagerly anticipated races of 2022, there can be expected to be plenty of bookmakers vying for customers, and in turn, bookmakers offers for punters to capitalise on.

Sussex Stakes Betting Guide

Below are some of the key trends to follow for the race:

  • 7 of the last 12 winners aged 3.
  • 10 of the last 12 winners had a rating of 119+.
  • 7 of the last 12 winners went off as favourite.
  • 10 of the last 12 winners came from the top 3 in the betting.
  • 12 of the last 12 winners had their last run with the last 43 days.
  • Just 3 of the last 12 winners had a previous run at Goodwood.
  • 12 of the last 12 winners had at least 1 previous win in a group 1-3 race.
  • 12 of the last 12 winners had at least 2 runs that season, with 11 of the last 12 having won at least one race that season.

What to expect at this year’s Sussex Stakes

Billed as a real clash of the generations, this year’s Sussex Stakes promises to be an enthralling encounter. Alocohol Free took last year’s Sussex Stakes for the younger generation, seeing off the challenge of fellow three-year-olds Poetic Flare and Snow Lantern. Frankel, Solow, Here Comes When, Lightning Spear and Mohaather have all notched for the older generation in the last ten years, however, so there appears to be a level spread of Sussex Stakes winners in recent years.

The current Sussex Stakes 2022 betting is headed by Baaeed, a four-year-old who has looked every inch a superstar in all eight wins. William Haggas’ star has notched his last four victories in Group 1 company, taking the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.

Although the official winning distance was just shy of two lengths, it was a comfortable victory and one he never really looked in danger of losing. Many punters will see him as the banker of the five-day festival, and the fact he is odds-on suggests he should be very difficult to beat.

Likely to pose Baaeed with the strongest challenge is Charlie Appleby’s Coroebus, who has already won the 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes this year. His victory in the latter was by the barest of margins, but the likelihood is it would’ve been by a bigger distance had he not been blocked in when asked for his effort.

The other likely candidate is another Charlie Appleby runner – Native Trail. After losing his unbeaten status in the 2000 Guineas where unfortunate to go down to stablemate Coroebus, he got redemption in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (although that was a weaker race). He then stepped up to 1m 2f for the Coral-Eclipse, and was only just touched off into third place in a thrilling finish between himself, Mishriff and eventual winner Vadeni.

The likelihood is Charlie Appleby will split his runners into different races, but if they both did try to take on Baaeed in this it would be one of the races of the week, if not the year!

History of The Sussex Stakes

Run over its current distance of a mile since 1878, the Sussex Stakes is one of the most eagerly anticipated races in the calendar, and the highlight of the Glorious Goodwood festival.

The race is popular primarily because it is often the first time that winners of the British, Irish and French 2000 Guineas compete against their elders. Three-year-old’s receive eight pounds from horses aged four or older.

The late Sir Henry Cecil remains the most successful trainer in the history of the Sussex Stakes with 7 wins – by far the most memorable of those being the victories of Frankel in 2011 and 2012. The legendary Frankel remains the only horse to win the Sussex Stakes more than once, and the retirement of last year’s winner Mohaather means that record is likely to remain intact for at least the time being.

When the Sussex Stakes was originally opened up to horses aged five or older back in 1975, the three-year-old’s were enjoying a real spell of dominance – with just three of the twenty renewals post 1975 going to a horse older than three.

Now there is a far greater spread of winners from the age groups, however, with just shy of half of the last twenty winners being aged four or older.

Sussex Stakes Winners of The Last 15 Years

Year Winner Trainer Jockey
2006 Court Masterpiece Ed Dunlop Jimmy Fortune
2007 Ramonti Saeed bin Suroor Frankie Dettori
2008 Henrythenavigator Aidan O’Brien Johnny Murtagh
2009 Rip Van Winkle Aidan O’Brien Johnny Murtagh
2010 Canford Cliffs Richard Hannon Sr. Richard Hughes
2011 Frankel Sir Henry Cecil Tom Queally
2012 Frankel Sir Henry Cecil Tom Queally
2013 Toronado Richard Hannon Sr. Richard Hughes
2014 Kingman John Gosden James Doyle
2015 Solow Freddy Head Maxime Guyon
2016 The Gurkha Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore
2017 Here Comes When Andrew Balding Jim Crowley
2018 Lightning Spear David Simcock Oisin Murphy
2019 Too Darn Hot John Gosden Frankie Dettori
2020 Mohaather Marcus Tregoning Jim Crowley
2021 Alcohol Free Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy