3,05 Glorious Goodwood
QIPCO Sussex Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Class 1) (3YO plus)
Advice: 1 pt win Toronado (3/1 Paddy Power, 11/4 general)
Darwin: Looked as if he was going to fulfil promise he’d shown coming from the US last season when winning Minstrel Stakes but not quite lived upto his reputation despite good efforts the last twice, although attitude in defeat when attempting to try and retain title at the Curragh latest and overmatched here v these three rivals.
Toronado: Guineas disappointment last year but that not his true running and had established himself amongst the leading milers of his crop last year, landing strong renewal of this race last year; Was all wrong in the International but promised much when landing Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and should go well in bid to retain his title today.
Kingman: Promising 2yo and looked set to take very high rank against the top 3yos milers with stunning Greenham win; Beaten in the Guineas when events conspired against him but after dominant show in Irish version, left no doubt about who was best in St James’s Palace with blistering turn of speed; Will take great amount of beating here in same form.
Outstrip: Winner of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile turf last season and bounced back from Guineas disappointment with fine third at Royal Ascot but swept aside by Kingman that day and can’t expect anything different here.
VERDICT: Another year and another mouth-watering clash between Kingman and TORONADO. In racing terms, I have ready preference for the Gosden colt whose St James’s Palace victory was one of the most impressive seen in a long time and whose Guineas looks to be working out extremely well. However in what looks a match, there looks to be no way that last year’s winner should be as big as 3/1 regardless of opinion and that makes him the bet here.