Glorious Goodwood 2015 – Sussex Stakes Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Sussex Stakes | Wednesday 29 July, 2015 | Goodwood | 15.10
The Sussex Stakes has been one of the top one mile contests of the racing calendar ever since 1975 and is one of the most prestigious races at the Glorious Goodwood festival. A weight for age race, the three-year-olds have been making the most of their eight pound allowance recently, winning six of the previous seven editions of the race.
Following impressive victories in the Queen Anne and St James Palace Stakes, connections of Solow and Gleneagles nominated this race as their next target. Subsequently, however, the course was hit by 18 millimetres of rain on Sunday leaving the ground on the round course good to soft, ruling Gleneagles out of the race.
“Gleneagles is 100%,” Kevin Buckley, the UK representative of the colt’s owners, said after he failed to appear among eight final declarations for the Sussex Stakes.
“The going was the reason for his absence,” he added.
The possible meeting between Gleneagles and Solow had been widely anticipated since the opening day of Royal Ascot in June, when both horses won Group One events over a mile. In the absence of Gleneagles, Solow is the odds-on favourite to give trainer Freddy Head his first success in a race that Alec Head, his father, took with Venture in 1960. He is currently priced at 8/13 with Betway.
Richard Hannon’s Night Of Thunder is in as second favourite priced at 11/2 with Sky Bet. The winner of last season’s 2000 Guineas looked to have retained all his ability when taking the Lockinge on his first start of the current campaign. He didn’t seem fully tuned up prior to that success which makes his effort t at Ascot all the more disappointing. With over four lengths to find with Solow on that performance, he may struggle to bridge the gap on ground which will be softer than ideal.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Arod (7/1) is progressing this season and was impressive in the Summer Mile. This is a step back into Group 1 company, however, and he was behind Night Of Thunder in the Lockinge earlier in the season.
The ground will suit Roger Varian’s Belardo (8/1), winner of last season’s Dewhurst Stakes but only lightly raced this campaign due to the dry summer.
O’Brien is represented by Cougar Mountain (11/1) and Bossy Guest (28/1) runs for Mick Channon, while Andrew Balding’s Here Comes When (25/1) and Richard Fahey’s Gabriel (40/1) complete the eight-runner field.