However, the highlight of the week must be the renewal of the rivalry between DAWN APPROACH and TORONADO in the Sussex Stakes after their closely fought duel in the St James´s Palace Stakes at Ascot. (see video below). Yet the race is not just a two horse affair with several other viable contenders.
Dawn Approach was not expected to participate at Ascot after his rather strange performance in the Epsom Derby when running far too freely. Trainer Jim Bolger decided to drop the colt back to a mile for the race and he duly obliged by only just thwarting the challenge of Toronado. He is 5/4 with Sporting Bet to confirm his superiority with the Michael Stoute trained horse.
Toronado benefited from a break after his disappointing fourth place in the 2,000 Guineas to run a very close second to his Irish rival at Ascot. There is no reason to expect he can reverse placings with Dawn Approach but there was so little to choose between the two horses and William Hill are offering 6/4 on a Toronado victory on this occasion.
Both three year olds will be facing older horses for the first time and Aidan O´Brien is likely to saddle Declaration of War. A winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, he subsequently ran a creditable race behind Al Kazeem in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park and cannot be underestimated at odds of 5/2 with Paddy Power. Declaration of War beat Aljamaaheer at Ascot and there is no reason to suggest that the Roger Varian trained horse can gain his revenge yet he is good value at 23 on Betfair.
Of more interest is Elusive Kate who was fourth in her seasonable appearance in the Queen Anne Stakes and who then controversially beat Sky Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes at the Newmarket July meeting. Odds of 20/1 with SkyBet are quite appealing for the John Gosden trained filly.
Olympic Glory and Just The Judge are other interesting contenders available at 16/1 and 25/1 respectively with Bet Victor while Aidan O´Brien may also saddle Darwin and Mars. This will be a big step up in class for Darwin who won a Group 3 race at Curragh last time, while surely a mile is too short a distance for Mars.
Among other races at Goodwood is the traditional cavalry charge otherwise known as the Stewards Cup. Wokingham winner York Glory heads most markets although he is not a confirmed runner and last year´s narrow winner Hawkeyethenoo is 16/1 with Stan James, although running with an increased rating of 108 from 103.
A horse worth considering for the race is Moviesta, part-owned by Harry Redknapp. The 3-year-old gelding will race off the same mark as when beaten by a head recently at Newmarket´s July meeting, where the uphill finish led to him being caught on the line. He is available at 16/1 with Bet Victor for the Stewards Cup.
For the BetFred Mile on the Friday, it is worth noting Queensberry Rules who was making ground from the rear when finishing third in the Britannia Stakes at Ascot. Ladbrokes are offering 14/1 on the 3-year-old colt who has proved to be more effective over 1 mile in his 4 starts.
As always five days of racing at Glorious Goodwood always produces some intriguing contests and this season´s renewal of the Sussex Stakes is undoubtedly the highlight of the meeting.