Glorious Goodwood Sussex Stakes tips – Big-race preview of the feature Group One
The Glorious Goodwood Festival is almost upon us and we take a look at the big race of the week at the Sussex track with our Goodwood Sussex Stakes tips.
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 One races headed by the Sussex Stakes.
The feature race of the week takes place on the second day of the Festival and promises to be an unmissable clash of the feature Group One which has been won but some top-class performers including Too Darn Hot, Solow, Kingman, Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Henrythenavigator amongst others all collecting this top prize in recent years.
Getting underway at 3.15pm on day two as the fifth race on a scheduled seven-race card, the one-mile contest boasts a valuable prizepot; we take a look at some of the possible players in the feature Group One and give our Glorious Goodwood Sussex Stakes tips.
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD SUSSEX STAKES TIPS
Unbeaten in his last six starts for John Gosden, latterly beating Billesdon Brook in the Falmouth Stakes the Invincible Spirit filly had also won the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot.
That most recent win saw him beat stablemate Terebellum who could also line up in this race and for all this might be a shade tougher she’s likely to have a big say if turning out although conceding weight to some smart three-year olds could see her vulnerable.
Had both Wichita and Pinatubo behind when making a winning return in the Qipco 2000 Guineas and might just have had his stamina stretched when finishing fourth in the Epsom Derby.
Andrew Balding’s charge might be better served by this drop back in trip and it would be no surprise to see him go close although there remains a suspicion he might prefer a flatter track despite his recent Classic win.
Champion juvenile who carried all before him as a two-year old, but suffered successive defeat at one mile behind Kameko and Palace Pier respectively before getting back on the winning trail in the Prix Jean Prat.
While worthy of respect if taking his chance back at one mile, there is a suspicion the Shamardal colt might again find the longer trip just stretching his stamina on this track and seven furlongs may prove his best trip.
Newmarket winner as a juvenile and proved no match for Pinatubo in the Dewhurst before finishing ahead of the same rival in the Qipco 2000 Guineas but behind Kameko.
Subsequently finished behind Pinatubo and Palace Pier in the St James’ Palace Stakes but can make his presence felt again. Chances will be enhanced by the prospect of better ground and the No Nay Never colt isn’t one to write off just yet.
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ
Curragh winner last term over six furlongs and has continued his progression this campaign although he’s yet to add to his tally.
Third to Siskin in the Irish 2000 Guineas, he was never a factor in the Commonwealth Cup. But he ran well behind Pinatubo in France recently and the Lope De Vega is another strong string to the Ballydoyle bow although he’s held on a couple of form lines with potential rivals. He can give a good account though and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another bold bid although others might have stronger claims to the top prize.
One of the more experienced in the field, the Gailieo colt is a dual-Group One winner who was beaten only a half-length in this race twelve months ago and Aidan O’Brien’s charge could bid to go one better.
The Prix du Moulin winner ran well at the Breeders’ Cup fixture before making a winning return in the Queen Anne Stakes, beating Terebellum and digging deep to land the win. Possibly he needs to find a shade more and he could prove vulnerable to younger, more progressive rivals but he should make his presence felt nonetheless and he won’t go down without a fight.
Top-class performer who is unbeaten in five starts which includes a pair of Group One races either side of a break in winning both the Phoenix Stakes and the Irish 2000 Guineas.
The First Defence colt travelled well in the latter race, showing one mile to be no problem as he beat Vatican City and Lope Y Fernandez amongst others and there’s surely more to come from Ger Lyons’ charge who saw the trip out really well.
Probably the one to beat and he looks sure to go close if taking his chance.
Entered the Classic picture last term when winning the Greenham Stakes on his return, but Marcus Tregoning’s charge subsequently missed the majority of the season following a set-back and he only returned to action last October where he finished fifth in the QEII Stakes at Ascot.
Unlucky behind Circus Maximus at Ascot where he travelled strongly but was denied a clear run, he finished to good effect and ran much better than his placing suggests; he showed the benefit of the run to impressively win the Summer Mile Stakes back at Ascot latest and the Showcasing colt can certainly make his presence felt at this level.
Crack French performer who is unbeaten in six starts, latterly making a winning return in the Listed Prix Kistena.
Ande Fabre’s charge boasts Group One wins at Deauville and Newmarket with success in the Middle Park Stakes; but the Shamardal colt would be stepping up to one mile for the first time if taking his chances although his breeding suggests the longer trip shouldn’t pose an issue.
Has to be respected if taking his chance and should he see out the longer trip then he’ll prove a danger to all; his latest win suggested there was plenty still to come and he’s a big player if lining up.
GOODWOOD SUSSEX STAKES TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT
The Sussex Stakes final field is yet to be revealed but the entries for the race suggest it will be a cracker; KAMEKO is taken to bounce back from his Epsom disappointment where he could only finish fourth.
The drop back to one mile will suit the 2000 Guineas hero and it shouldn’t be long before he’s winning again although the likes of Siskin, Palace Pier, Nazreef and Circus Maximus could all offer stiff opposition to the selection if they all line up for the Goodwood feature.