This year’s key matchup in the Sussex Stakes has Race of the Year written all over it as it quickly approaches on July 29 at the annual Goodwood Festival.
The Sussex Stakes clearly is the headline event of the annual Goodwood Festival and sees £1 million paid out in prize purse money.
The one-mile flat race will see 17 horses compete for the nearly £600,000 winner’s purse, a sum that few races in Great Britain can match.
Fans are anticipating this year’s Sussex Stakes and can find betting offers for horse racing ahead of the annual event and place a wager on the horse they predict will win.
Horses three-years-old and up are eligible for the race and each year, a number of top competitors have run in the Sussex Stakes.
The Sussex Stakes is British horse racing’s first Group 1 race contested over a mile distance in which three-year-olds are allowed to compete against older horses. The build-up to the race sees the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas as key trials.
While those are the marquee build-up races to the Sussex Stakes, the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, has provided a number of race winners over the years.
Punters will also want to note that the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot has also provided a few Sussex winners in the past.
The Sussex Stakes is not only the most renowned race at the Goodwood Festival, but also a race that is highly regarded in all racing circles – in Britain and abroad.
The favourite heading into Goodwood this year is Siskin. Trained by Ger Lyons, the three-year-old has won all five of his race starts.
It is interesting to note that four of Siskin’s five race wins came at the same racecourse, Curragh. In early June, Siskin won the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas after not racing for just over 300 days.
Siskin is 7/4 to continue his streak and become a perfect six wins from six starts. Lyons does have a slight issue on his hands as top stable jockey Colin Keane could be under quarantine rules that prevent him from taking the reins.
Pinatubo is listed as second-favourite antepost at 11/4. Trained by Charlie Appleby, Pintatubo is another three-year-old that bookies have high hopes for.
In 2019, Pinatubo won all six of his starts which included a win at last year’s Goodwood Festival in the Vintage Stakes. Compared to rival Siskin, Pinatubo has won a variety of racecourses.
The 2020 flat racing season has not started well for Pinatubo but still ended both starts by placing. Pinatubo finished third in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket and second in the St James’s Palace Stakes Group 1 race in the British Champions Series.
Famed horse racing jockey Ruby Walsh tipped Pinatubo as a horse that should feature in the Sussex Stakes.
Now that the horse has been confirmed for the stakes, plenty of punters will be backing the three-year-old trained by Appleby and owned by the Godolphin racing syndicate.
Pinatubo’s pace and burst of speed from the gate could make him a great bet on Sussex Stakes race day.