Horse racing betting preview and tips for the 3.05pm Sussex Stakes on Wednesday Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood.
The highlight of the second day’s racing action from Goodwood is the Group 1 Sussex Stakes over 1m. Once again, the three-year-old generation will be taking on their elders and, despite only four runners, this promises to be a fantastic race.
The four-year-old generation is doubly represented here with Darwin (40/1 Coral) and Toronado (2/1 Betfred). Whilst the former can comfortably be considered not good enough to enter calculations here (career best win has come in only a Group 3 contest at the Curragh), Toronado cannot be so easily dismissed. A winner of last year’s renewal, Toronado represents the in-form duo of Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes, arguably the best trainer and jockey combination around Goodwood. This horse is a multiple Group 1 winner who returned to action this season in the Queen Anne, winning comfortably despite blowing up in the final furlong. This contest will always have been his target and he should offer up another strong challenge for the victory.
Against this pair, we have two high class three-year-olds. Starting with the favourite KINGMAN (4/9 SkyBet), he was narrowly denied in the 2,000 Guineas after being sent for home too soon, but silenced the doubters when comfortably accounting for both the Irish Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes. On official ratings he arrives here clear by 1lb from Toronado and receives the benefit of an 8lb allowance from his main rival, this alone justifies his strong market position. However, there is more to favour this horse than simply his weight advantage, primarily his potent turn of foot. With such a small field the race is likely to develop into a tactical affair, something which will suit John Gosden’s runner perfectly as none of his rivals possess the kind of vicious acceleration this horse does!
The field is completed by the other three-year-old, Outstrip (28/1 bet365), who represents Godolphin and has Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winning form to his name. Comfortably held in the Guineas (finished last of the 14), the break-neck pace on Newmarket’s undulations didn't suit that day and he showed better form when finishing a creditable third at Royal Ascot. He failed to get a clear run and stuck on well that day, just holding on to third. He is a good quality horse but should come up short again.
Course form is undoubtedly important at Goodwood and on that basis Toronado does have the advantage of having raced and won at the track before. However, KINGMAN has shown nothing to question his ability to handle the track and providing he does then he looks very difficult to beat. The little bit of rain that has fallen will have been welcomed by connections and the small field is likely to play tactically into Kingman’s hands. The odds-on price may not be very appealing from a betting point of view but racing fans should witness a very commanding performance come 3.05 on Wednesday afternoon.
KINGMAN (WIN)(NAP) (4/9 SkyBet)
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