Frankel 1-20 to extend unbeaten sequence in Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood
The mighty Frankel is set to face a maximum of seven rivals as he faces what appears a simple task to extend his unbeaten sequence to 12 in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, which starts on Tuesday and is being promoted as racing’s alternative to the Olympic Games.
Bookmakers are taking no chances with the champion colt. William Hill have priced him up at 1-20, while Betfair customers can back him at around 1-6 on the exchange.
Despite the field containing a collection of talented milers, most in racing regard Frankel as a certainty to saunter home. Last year, he won the race by five lengths from the top-class miler Canford Cliffs, although the runner-up suffered an injury in running that terminated his career.
Godolphin have sportingly supplemented Farhh for the Sussex at a cost of £19,500, but even with the colt’s solid recent placings in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Coral-Eclipse, he would have to show considerable improvement to pose any threat to Frankel.
Farhh is second favourite at a skinny 4-1, with 16-1 offered about Strong Suit and Power, while 50-1 and bigger are offered about Ishvana, Gabrial, Reply and the likely pacemaker Bullet Train.
The ground at Goodwood is currently ‘good’, according to Seamus Buckley, the clerk of the course. “There is a shower forecast for Friday, but that is the only rain predicted,” he said.
Frankel’s full brother Noble Mission is among the nine entries for the bet365 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on the first day of the meeting, a race that has become a significant trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger.
John Gosden has a good recent record in the Doncaster Classic and is responsible for two of the entries – Michelangelo and Thought Worthy.
The mile-and-a-half Group Three contest was reopened for entrieson Wednesday, but a small field still looks likely.