Sussex Stakes 2021: 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.
The Qatar Sussex Stakes of 2021 looks like a particularly fascinating clash of the generations, with Palace Pier set to represent the older horses, and Poetic Flare 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 2021, there can be expected to be plenty of bookmakers vying for customers, and in turn, bookmakers offers for punters to capitalise on.
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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. Mohaather took last year’s Sussex Stakes for the older generation, seeing off the challenge of 2000 Guineas winners Kameko and Siskin. Too Darn Hot, The Gurkha, Kingman and Frankel have all notched for the classic 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 2021 betting is headed by Palace Pier, a four-year-old with an impressive career record of 8 wins from 9 starts. Palace Pier has notched his last two victories in Group 1 company, taking the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out.
Although that may have not been the most visually impressive victory, connections were keen to stress afterwards that Palace Pier would have preferred softer ground conditions – and therefore any rainfall in the build up to the Qatar Sussex Stakes will be welcomed.
Likely to pose Palace Pier with the strongest challenge is Poetic Flare, a hardy colt who has already taken in five races in 2021, winning three of them. Supplementing his 2000 Guineas victory, Poetic Flare demolished a smart field in the St James’s Palace Stakes last time, and this race was nominated as his likely target afterwards.
Opposition to the two colts is headed by Alcohol Free, who went down on her sword in the Falmouth Stakes last time out. She is a versatile sort, but this will be her first time taking on the boys, and fillies have a poor recent record in the Sussex Stakes.
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