Qatar Sussex Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 1st August 2018
The much coveted Sussex Stakes takes centre stage on Day 2 at Glorious Goodwood. Here we take a look at the history of the race, highlight the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for the contest.
First run over this 1 mile trip in 1878, Glorious Goodwood’s showpiece Group 1 event invariably attracts a stellar line-up and now offers a whopping £1 million in total prize money. Following on from the Lennox Stakes on day one, the top class action just keeps on coming and we love it! Be sure to check out the latest Glorious Goodwood Betting Offers and Free Bets too!
Sussex Stakes Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Without Parole to win at 7/4 with Bet365
- Beat The Bank each way at 8/1 with Coral
Qatar Sussex Stakes Betting Offers
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Race Preview, Analysis and Tips
Glorious Goodwood is the feature flat racing meeting of the summer and after some serious rain during last year’s five day meeting, the weather is set to play ball for the 2018 renewal. The sun and the top quality horse racing on offer will tempt thousands of fans to Chichester and all of those present on Wednesday will be paying particular attention to the Sussex Stakes. This Group 1, mile long contest is open to horses aged three and older but it’s been dominated by the younger cohort in recent years and it’s another three-year-old who sits at the top of the betting this year.
Everything Pointing Towards Another Win for Without Parole
Glorious Goodwood plays second fiddle only to Royal Ascot when it comes to world class flat racing meetings in Britain. There are many parallels to be drawn between the two meetings but are few races in which form at Ascot holds up as strongly as the Sussex Stakes. 11 of the last 13 winners of this race were among the first two home in the St James’s Palace Stakes so it’s no surprise that Without Parole is the bookies’ favourite across the board.
The season didn’t start well for Without Parole with the John Gosden colt being ruled out of the 2000 Guineas due to a minor injury. Gosden had to be careful with this potential star so a low key win at Sandown didn’t look like ideal preparation for Royal Ascot. He still went off as the favourite for the St James’s Palace Stakes though and justified the support by beating some of the main contenders in the Newmarket, French and Irish Guineas.
Gosden will be happy to see the sun come out after the recent rainfall as Without Parole certainly prefers quicker ground. Good ground shouldn’t be an issue though so this classy three-year-old looks a worthy favourite at nice odds of 7/4 with Bet365.
Beat The Bank to Prove He Belongs at This Level
Although Royal Ascot form holds up very well for the Sussex Stakes, not every horse is as comfortable at Ascot as they are at Goodwood. Andrew Balding’s Beat The Bank is one of those horses who struggles to find his very best at Ascot which is why his most recent outing is so interesting.
After finishing in the middle of the pack in the Queen Anne Stakes, Beat The Bank returned to Ascot three weeks ago to win the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes. By ending his Ascot hoodoo, Beat The Bank showed that he is performing somewhere towards the top of his capabilities which is not good news for the rest of the Sussex Stakes field.
He does face some very stiff competition most notably from Expert Eye and Gustav Klimt but Beat The Bank is on the fringes of the very best milers currently in training. It remains to be seen whether he can get the better of Without Parole but he’ll surely be in the reckoning come the closing stages so make sure to back Beat The Bank each way at 8/1 with Coral.
Previous Race Winners
- 2017 – Here Come When – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer Andrew Balding
- 2016 – The Ghurka – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2015 – Solow – jockey Maxime Guyon, trainer Freddy Head
- 2014 – Kingman – jockey James Doyle, trainer John Gosden
- 2013 – Toronado – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2012 – Frankel – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2011 – Frankel – jockey Tom Queally, trainer Sir Henry Cecil
- 2010 – Canford Cliffs – jockey Richard Hughes, trainer Richard Hannon, Sr.
- 2009 – Rip Van Winkle – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2008 – Henrythenavigator – jockey Johnny Murtagh , trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Ramonti – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2006 – Court Masterpiece – jockey Jimmy Fortune, trainer Ed Dunlop
Sussex Stakes History
Having first been run as a 6f sprint contest restricted to two year olds way back in 1861, the trip, age of the runners and overall prestige of this race have all increased over time. Having struggled to attract entries in its days as a juvenile contest, the race was given a drastic makeover in 1878 with the event becoming a three year olds only contest held over a mile and it soon became the most anticipated race of this meeting.
Over time older horses were permitted to take their place in the line-up, as the race became the all age championship event we know and love to day. Four year olds first entered the fray in 1960, with those aged five and older following in 1975.
Jockey and Trainer Records
The legendary jockey, Sir Gordon Richards took this race eight times in a 25 year period during his long and illustrious career and stands alone as the most successful rider in the history of the contest.
Just one behind Sir Gordon in terms of numbers of wins is the late, great Sir Henry Cecil, whose seven triumphs lead the way in the training ranks.
With names such as Warning, Rock of Gibraltar, Kris and the superstar Brigadier Gerard appearing on the roll of honour here it is clear that it more than not takes an elite performer to prevail. Only one horse has managed to bag the race twice, the greatest racehorse of all time and apple of Sir Henry Cecil’s eye, Frankel. Frankel won so many big races, including the 2000 Guineas and the Queen Anne Stakes and it will take a special horse to match his achievement at Goodwood.
As of 2015 it is the three year olds who have dominated here, with 28 wins since the race became an all age contest in 1975, as opposed to 13 wins for the older runners. The six year olds Noalcoholic (1983) and Court Masterpiece (2006) are the oldest winners to date.