Sussex Stakes tips – Runner-by-runner guide to Wednesday’s Group One feature

Sussex Stakes tips. Kameko can bounce back to winning ways in Goodwood's Wednesday feature.Sussex Stakes tips. Kameko can bounce back to winning ways in Goodwood's Wednesday feature.

We take a look over the big-race field for Wednesday’s Group One feature race at Glorious Goodwood and give our Sussex Stakes tips to land the big prize on day two of the summer feature festival.

It is shaping up to be a real cracker of a contest as some big names stand their ground in Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes showpiece at Glorious Goodwood.

Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Kameko will lock horns with Irish 2000 Guineas champion Siskin, who puts his unbeaten record on the line. Add in the classy Summer Mile winner Mohaather and Queen Anne Stakes victor Circus Maximus to the mix and the Wednesday feature race may just prove to be the race of the week.

Getting underway at 3.15pm as the fifth race on a seven-race card, none of the seven who go to post can be completely ruled out – even the outsider San Donato isn’t without claims – and armchair punters can watch the compelling contest unfold on ITV Racing.

We’ve looked over the stellar seven-strong field of runners for Wednesday’s Group One feature race and give our Sussex Stakes tips to land the day’s feature prize.

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD SUSSEX STAKES TIPS – RUNNER-BY-RUNNER PREVIEW

CIRCUS MAXIMUS


Won three times last term including the St James’s Palace Stakes and Prix Du Moulin, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge found only Too Darn Hot in this race twelve months ago when denied by a half-length.

The Galileo colt returned to action to tough out another Group One victory back at Ascot with success over Terebellum in the Queen Anne Stakes, battling tenaciously to get up late having been well placed in the race.

That form has taken a few knocks and it perhaps wasn’t the strongest of Group One contests in any case and while he’s clearly a classy performer others may just hold the edge and he’ll do well to concede 8lbs to some top-class youngsters.

He’s certainly not out of the picture but there’s a strong suspicion that he’ll need to find a bit more.

MOHAATHER


Looked a Classic contender when impressively landing last season’s Greenham Stakes but the Showcasing colt suffered a set-back and missed the majority of the campaign until returning on British Champions Day with a solid fifth behind King Of Change in the QEII Stakes although the heavy ground didn’t appear to suit Marcus Tregoning’s charge.

He was unlucky in running behind Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, meeting trouble when still tanking along and jockey Jim Crowley was unable to navigate a clear path until it was too late.

He ran on well for seventh though and he showed the benefit of the run to readily see off San Donato back at Ascot earlier this month where he took the Group Two Summer Mile in impressive fashion.

A lightly raced sort for his four years with just seven starts under his belt, he could easily have a bigger performance in him judging on that fine Ascot effort and he’s dangerous to overlook back in a Group One where he’s had excuses for both previous runs at this level.

He’s sure to be involved and no surprise to see him going close.

Sussex Stakes tips. Mohaather is a big player on his recent Summer Mile success.

Sussex Stakes tips. Mohaather is a big player on his recent Summer Mile success.

SAN DONATO


Proved to be a very progressive juvenile, winning three times which included in a Doncaster Listed contest but he was limited to just one start last campaign which saw him finish third behind Persian King at Longchamp in May.

Heavy ground might not have seen him at his best, but he ran well behind Mohaather although proved no match for that one when finishing runner-up in the Summer Mile, beaten around four lengths.

That was his first run of the season however and he’s expected to strip fitter and improve for the outing; quite whether he’ll find enough improvement however to turn the tables with Mohaather is another story and on balance of his previous form Roger Varian’s charge probably needs quite a bit more.

KAMEKO


Won twice as a juvenile including in the Vertem Futurity Trophy and Andrew Balding’s charge subsequently struck in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on his return, beating Wichita and champion juvenile Pinatubo.

The Kitten’s Joy colt then stepped up in trip to contest the Epsom Derby but looked a non-stayer over the trip and drops back now to a more suitable distance.

He hit the line hard in the colts’ first Classic suggesting he ideally want more than one mile and he probably wouldn’t want this to become too tactical an affair. But he had an obvious excuse when last seen at Epsom and he can be seen in a better light back in trip with the stiff finish likely to play to his strengths.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him deliver a big run as he looks to get back on the scoresheet and he should be heavily involved at the finish.

SISKIN


Unbeaten in five starts which includes the Irish 2000 Guineas and Ger Lyons’ charge showed the step up to one mile to be of no issue in that last outing having only run at six furlongs previously.

The First Defence colt was always travelling well before showing a potent turn of foot and there’s surely more to come from him although the form of his two Group One successes to date looks slightly weaker than what is on offer elsewhere and the Irish 2000 Guineas form hasn’t really stood up particularly well.

He has to be afforded the utmost respect however given his unbeaten record and he should continue to run well although he’s perhaps worth taking on in what looks a stronger Group One and the stiffer finish perhaps won’t suit him as much as others.

He ought to be in the mix once more though and Colin Keane’s decision to travel in order to partner him in this contest suggests connections expect a big run.

Sussex Stakes tips. Siskin puts his unbeaten record on the line in Wednesday's Group One showpiece.

Sussex Stakes tips. Siskin puts his unbeaten record on the line in Wednesday’s Group One showpiece.

VATICAN CITY


Won at the second attempt when taking a Dundalk maiden and was arguably unlucky in the Irish 2000 Guineas where he met with trouble in running at a crucial stage before running on late.

However it is debatable whether he’d have beaten Siskin in any case and he was subsequently down the field in the Epsom Derby, appearing not to enjoy the undulations and stamina too was perhaps an issue.

There has to be a slight worry over the Galileo colt’s ability to handle this track given he didn’t look entirely in love with Epsom; but dropping back in trip could see him in a better light and he remains with some potential back at one mile.

He’s entitled to respect given connections but he probably needs a bit more and others hold stronger claims of success.

WICHITA


Third runner for Aidan O’Brien in the race, the No Nay Never colt won two of his four starts as a juvenile before making Pinatubo work for his victory in the Dewhurst.

Back from a break he stepped up on his juvenile form to finish just a neck adrift of Kameko in the 2000 Guineas – Pinatubo behind – but he couldn’t quite replicate that level when beaten just over one length into third behind Palace Pier and Pinatubo in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

The form has been boosted since with Pinatubo winning his next start in France and the Ballydoyle runner remains one to be interested in despite his two defeats this campaign. He’s lost little caste in either and it wouldn’t come as a shock if he were to make his presence felt with the booking of Frankie Dettori an obvious plus.

He has to be respected in this contest but probably just needs to raise his game again.

Sussex Stakes tips. Wichita can make his presence felt again but perhaps needs a shade more improvement.

GLORIOUS GOODWOOD SUSSEX STAKES TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT


This could be the race of the week with Siskin putting his unbeaten record on the line and the likes of Royal Ascot winner Circus Maximus and recent Summer Mile winner Mohaather also going to post.

KAMEKO though is taken to get back on the scoresheet having failed to stay the trip in the Epsom Derby and Andrew Balding’s charge can bounce back to winning form back over a more suitable trip.

The Kitten’s Joy had the reopposing Wichita behind when winning the Qipco 2000 Guineas and that form looks strong with the runner-up and third-placed Pinatubo running well in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while Pinatubo also won in France later.

The selection hit the line hard at Newmarket, handling the dip better than he had done as a juvenile in the Royal Lodge Stakes and there’s likely more to come back at one mile although he might ideally want a stiffer test in time.

He won’t want this to be a tactical affair, but the stiff finish will play to his strengths and if there’s a decent pace to the contest then he can get back to winning ways.

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