The Sussex Stakes features three Classic winners and promises to be a fascinating contest (3.10pm Wednesday, Glorious Goodwood).
The stellar line-up includes Galileo Gold (2/1), The Gurkha (2/1) and Awtaab (7/1), not to mention 2,000 Guineas fourth and subsequent Jersey Stakes winner Ribchester (10/1). The first-named trio, all Guineas winners, fought out the finish of the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Galileo Gold stayed on to beat The Gurkha by 1¼ lengths, with Awtaab a further half a length away in third.
The going at Ascot was soft on that occasion but, as the only one of the trio to have won on the prevailing good to firm going, Galileo Gold may come out on top once again. he is also the only one to have won on the course.
The Gurkha will have his supporters despite being turned over at odds-on in the Coral-Eclipse over 1 mile 2 furlongs earlier this month. The Galileo colt started favourite for the St. James’s Palace Stakes but, having been hampered and switched in the closing stages, could only finish a never-nearer second. He can be rated better than the bare form, but more of a concern is the fact that he is yet to win on going faster than good and, unlike Galileo Gold, is unproven on the pronounced undulations of Goodwood.
Awtaab beat Galileo Gold by 2½ lengths when winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May but he, too, has done all his winning on yielding or softer going. Faster underfoot conditions may be against him. Obviously, he is clearly smart and cannot be written off altogether, but he appeared to have no excuses at Ascot on soft going so may struggle to reverse the form.
Ribchester has yet to win at the highest level and has 3½ lengths to find with Galileo Gold on their running in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May. He travelled strongly throughout when dropped in class to win the Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs at Royal Ascot. But he is another who prefers cut in the ground and may struggle to get competitive at this higher level.
The older horses all appear to have plenty to find with the three-year-old brigade and it will be a surprise if any of them is good enough to win. That said, Lightning Spear (10/1) was only beaten 1¾ lengths in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, on his first start since last October, so is not a forlorn hope. He has winning form on good to firm going and should give his younger rivals something to think about, without perhaps being good enough to win. The Sussex Stakes promises to be an intriguing contest, but this preview finds it nigh on impossible to get away from Galileo Gold.
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