Lennox Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Goodwood, 30th July 2019
This Group 2 contest was first run at Goodwood in the year 2000 over a trip of 7f and is open to all runners aged three and older. One of the top events of the year over this specialist distance, the contest now offers £300,000 in total prize money.
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Lennox Stakes Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 3:00 at Goodwood, 30 July 2019
The Lennox Stakes is a chance for some of the leading stars of the current crop of three-year-olds to go up against their elders. It’s a Group 2 contest held over 7 furlongs and the ante post betting market is as strong as ever.
Hey Garman Getting Stronger All the Time
Three-year-olds had a strong record in the early stages of the Lennox Stakes’ history but they’ve been outperformed by older horses more recently. Garswood is the last member of the Classic Generation to land this handsome prize and the younger horses in the field for this year’s contest face a tough task.
James Tate will feel a certain amount of sympathy for trainers of any three-year-old in the race who doesn’t quite live up to the billing. That was the case with Hey Garman last season but connections believe there’s a lot better around the corner for this improving four-year-old.
Hey Garman returned to action this season with victory in a Listed race at Leicester before holding off the challengers in a Group 3 at Longchamp. The best thing about those wins is that they came on firmer surfaces when much of his best previous form was with some extra juice in the ground so it’s all systems go for Goodwood for Hey Garman.
Cape Byron Ready for Return to Pattern Company
Cape Byron was a well regarded juvenile but injuries derailed the early stages of his career. Connections were delighted that he was fit enough to return to regular racing last season and put value on those performances above and beyond the results.
There was a different emphasis this season with Cape Byron expected to improve. He’s lived up to those expectations with two wins in highly competitive handicaps prompting connections to consider a reintroduction to Group level races. The five-year-old looks ready and will be a very interesting option if he takes up this entry.
Hey Garman features prominently in the ante post betting for the Lennox Stakes. There are several very good reasons for that and he can continue his upward trajectory with the biggest win of his career to date at 8/1 with Coral.
Cape Byron is another horse available at generous odds in the ante post betting even if some will prefer to back him each way than on the nose at 10/1 with bet365.
- 2018 – Sir Dancealot – jockey Gerald Mosse, trainer David Elsworth
- 2017 – Breton Rock – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer David Simcock
- 2016 – Dutch Connection – jockey James McDonald trainer Charlie Hills
- 2015 – Toormore – jockey James Doyle, trainer Richard Hannon, Jr.
- 2014 – Es Que Love – jockey Adam Kirby, trainer Clive Cox
- 2013 – Garswood – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Richard Fahey
- 2012 – Chachamaidee – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2011 – Strong Suit – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2010 – Lord Shanakill – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2009 – Finjaan – jockey Tadhg O’Shea, trainer Marcus Tregoning
- 2008 – Paco Boy – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2007 – Tariq – jockey Kerrin McEvoy, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam
- 2006 – Iffraaj – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
Lennox Stakes History
The “Lennox” of this races title refers to Charles Gordon-Lennox, Duke of Richmond who is the owner of Goodwood Racecourse. Initially introduced as a Group 3 event, the contest was elevated to Group 2 level in 2003. Then in 2015 the race received a major boost in terms of its international appeal, with new sponsor’s Qatar doubling the prize money to £300,000.
The racing calendar features many Group contests run over both 6f and a mile, but relatively few at this intermediary trip. It is therefore likely to remain popular with connections of those “in between” horses, too slow for 6f but lacking the stamina for a mile.
Top Jockeys and Trainers
Despite only being inaugurated in the year 2000, a number of trainers and jockeys have already shown a particular liking for this race. Amongst the trainers, Marcus Tregoning, Gerard Butler, Saeed bin Suroor, Richard Hannon, Sr. and the late Sir Henry Cecil have all recorded two wins here. From those doing the steering, Eddie Ahern, Kerrin McEvoy, Richard Hughes and Tom Queally are the jockeys to have already taken this twice.
Open to all runners aged three and older it was pretty much honours even between the Classic generation and the older performers in the first 16 editions of the race, with 7 wins for the three year olds, four for the four year olds and five for the five year olds.
Looking at the equine talent to have prevailed here, the inaugural winner, Observatory set a useful benchmark to aim at, with the John Gosden runner subsequently going on to land the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Richard Hannon, Sr.’s Paco Boy was the most talented performer amongst the early winners here. Having taken this prize in 2008, this son of Desert Style went on to record wins in the Queen Anne Stakes, Lockinge Stakes and Sandown Mile twice. Now retired to stud, Paco Boy has already produced a Classic winning colt in 2016 2000 Guineas winner, Galileo Gold.
Other notable winners include Nayyir, who as of 2016 was the only horse to win this race twice, having scored in 2002 and 2003. 2005 winner, Court Masterpiece, meanwhile confirmed his liking for this track in 2006 when landing Glorious Goodwood’s biggest race, the Sussex Stakes.