Qipco Sussex Stakes Day at Goodwood is set to be a thrilling one as the mighty Dawn Approach and Toronado prepare to battle once more in the feature race.
Qipco Sussex Stakes (Group 1)
The Qipco Sussex Stakes has been won by the legendary Frankel the previous two years; however without him this time round, it is the unbeaten one miler, DAWN APPROACH who is the likely victor.
Jim Bolger’s 3-year-old ran magnificently to get the better of Toronado for the second time in the St James’s Palace Stakes, following his disaster in the Epsom Derby and if he does what he is capable of again, I cannot see past another Dawn Approach victory.
Toronado is the obvious threat after only just losing out to Dawn Approach last time, but he will need that little extra if he is to finally get the better of the favourite.
Declaration of War represents some decent value at 5/1 with Paddy Power if he can show the form that won him the Queen Anne, when he beat both of today’s opponents, Gregorian and Tradestorm.
Reply and Leitir Mor have no real hope of a result but will ensure that there is a decent race to be run, so it is Dawn Approach that makes most appeal here at Evens with most betting firms.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
Champion jockey Richard Hughes will bid for similar success to that of Olympic Glory last year when he rides 15/8 favourite (Betfred) Toormore in the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.
Richard Hannon has won the last three renewals of this race, but this one will not be straightforward as Toormore enters on the back of only a maiden win to take on Richard Fahey’s Parbold who finished second in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot.
That form gives Hanagan’s ride the upper hand and at 2/1 with most bookmakers it seems a decent price to take the favourite on with. Outstrip is currently next best in the betting at 11/2 with BetVictor, however he will need to find more after only one maiden win.
Mark Johnston’s Lanark finished well behind Parbold back in June, so it is Paul Hanagan and his 2-year-old that make most appeal.
Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes (Group 3)
The Neptune Investment Management Gordon Stakes is an interesting renewal of the race that Noble Mission won last year under Tom Queally. He rides the outsider this time though and at 33/1 with Bet365, Spillway is some way behind the best of these.
It is Excess Knowledge who leads the betting for John Gosden at 2/1 with Coral, following his impressive third behind better horses at Sandown. The longer trip should also suit and with Buick aboard, he may well see off this field.
Cap O’Rushes is the more fancied of the two Godolphin entries whilst Elkaayed is tipped to reverse his latest result with Secret Number.
The first race of the day is a hugely competitive one that will cause some problems for punters. Nicky Henderson’s Lieutenant Miller has leading claims with good form and decent third at Ascot last time, whilst Broxbourne and Brockwell are another two who represent decent value. Mexicali is decent long-odds shout at 22/1 with Bet365.
Much Promise leads the betting in the Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, however Autumn Sunrise has plenty of appeal with two previous second’s and Richard Hughes aboard. Stars Above Me looks best of the newcomers.
The unbeaten Ribbons looks to have plenty of appeal in the penultimate race, with improvement likely and the extra distance a bonus. Great Timing is another who warrants respect and will like the extra distance, whilst the two maiden winners A Star In My Eye and Close At Hand could be dangerous.
The Harwoods Racing Club Handicap is another competitive one and Magic City is the market leader under Richard Hughes at 7/1 with Paddy Power. Johnny Castle and Good Authority have decent chances, whilst Alejandro can run a big race.
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