Qatar Sussex Stakes Roll Call
Photo of Order of Australia (IRE) courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
Courtesy of Michael Adolphson
• First contested in 1841
• Jockey Frankie Dettori (5) and trainer Aidan O’Brien (5) have the most victories
• Weights: 4YO+ (134lbs); 3YOs (126lbs); 3YOf (123lbs)
• Distance: 8fT (right-handed)
• Purse: 1000000 GBP ($1,381,945); 567100 GBP ($783,871) to winner
• 17 winners proceeded to the Breeders’ Cup:
o 1985 winner Rousillon was 8th in the 1985 BC Mile
o 1986 winner Sonic Lady was 7th in the 1986 BC Mile, 3rd in the 1987 BC Mile
o 1988 winner Warning was 11th in the 1988 BC Mile
o 1989 winner Zilzal was 6th in the 1989 BC Mile
o 1991 winner Second Set was 12th in the 1991 BC Mile
o 1992 winner Marling was 5th in the 1992 BC Distaff
o 1993 winner Bigstone was 5th in the 1993 BC Mile
o 1994 winner Distant View was 7th in the 1994 BC Mile
o 1995 winner Sayyedati was 3rd in the 1995 BC Mile
o 1998 winner Among Men was 11th in the 1998 BC Mile
o 2000 winner Giant’s Causeway was 2nd in the 2000 BC Classic
o 2001 winner Noverre was 7th in the 2001 BC Mile
o 2002 winner Rock of Gibraltar was 2nd in the 2002 BC Mile
o 2008 winner Henrythenavigator was 2nd in the 2008 BC Classic
o 2009 winner Rip Van Winkle was 10th in the 2009 BC Classic
o 2013 winner Toronado was 8th in the 2014 BC Mile
o 2018 winner Lightning Spear was 7th in the 2018 BC Mile
Official Rating: 122
Betting Forecast: 4/5
T: Jim Bolger | J: Kevin Manning
Jim Bolger’s brilliant Poetic Flare enters his first test against older horses after proving to be the top 3-year-old miler in Europe, courtesy of impressive victories in both the 2000 Guineas (G1) and St James’s Palace Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot (last out, June 15). Affectionately known as an iron horse, he competed with credit and/or success in the English (May 1), French (May 16) and Irish (May 22) 2000 Guineas—a unique feat in modern racing. A throwback with a growing fanbase, his toughness makes him a deserving favorite in the Sussex and he is also in receipt of eight pounds from tough older foes like Order of Australia and Tilsit. Kevin Manning, who has been aboard for all eight of his starts and five wins, returns once again.
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Official Rating: 119
Betting Forecast: 10/1
T: Aidan O’Brien | J: Ryan Moore
The reigning FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF (G1) champion enters off a confidence-building victory in last week’s Minstrel Stakes (G2) at The Curragh, his first victory since shocking the world at Keeneland. After leading a phenomenal 1-2-3 finish for the Coolmore team and trainer Aidan O’Brien in the aforementioned Breeders’ Cup, he went on to finish a respectable sixth to the monstrously talented Golden Sixty in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) and then resurfaced seven months later with an eighth in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. Fit and ready off his recent win, he has garnered the selection of stable jockey Ryan Moore.
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ
Official Rating: 117
Betting Forecast: 10/1
T: Aidan O’Brien | J: Frankie Dettori
Third in Order of Australia’s FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF (G1) triumph last fall, Lope Y Fernandez has also had three starts since, including an auspicious resurfacing in the Heritage Stakes (Listed) at Leopardstown in April, where she sprinted away from his foes by 5½ lengths. Bouncing badly next out in division leader Palace Pier’s Lockinge Stakes (G1) to finish eighth by 19 lengths, he came back to form in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1), finishing second to the same foe by just 1½ lengths. A seasoned veteran for 13-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien, the G3-winning son of Lope de Vega is competing in his 11th G1 and 16th race, but must step up his game to break through at the top level—a recurring theme in his career.
Official Rating: 115
Betting Forecast: 8/1
T: Andrew Balding | J: Oisin Murphy
Despite a name that would probably double her popularity if it were reversed, Alcohol Free has done quite well to earn herself an adoring public with multiple G1 wins in stylish fashion. Victorious two races back in Royal Ascot’s Coronation Stakes (G1), the four-time victress from seven starts also won the Fred Darling Stakes (G3) to commence her season and the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) last fall to cap her juvenile season. A game third last out in the Falmouth Stakes (G1) at Newmarket—her first start against older fillies—she now steps up against males, as well, and will thus be in a generous receipt of between 3-11lbs. Regular rider Oisin Murphy takes the reins on the Andrew Balding trainee.
Official Rating: 115
Betting Forecast: 6/1
T: Richard Hannon | J: Jamie Spencer
A gorgeous filly with a pedigree to match, Snow Lantern enters in career form, but steps up older males for the first time. By the great Frankel, hopes have always been high for the Rockcliffe Stud homebred and she has delivered in a big way in just five starts. The bright gray filly defeated Enable’s little half-brother Derab decisively to break her maiden in April before finishing a good second in the Coronation Stakes (G1) to Alcohol Free and reversing form with that foe when winning the Falmouth Stakes (G1) last out against elders. The sky seems the limit for the daughter of Sky Lantern, a four-time G1 winner and 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) beaten favorite. Veteran Jamie Spencer picks up the mount.
Official Rating: 114
Betting Forecast: 12/1
T: Charlie Hills | J: Kieran Shoemark
Long well-regarded and expected to be a late developer of note, Tilsit was meant to have his coming out party earlier this season when Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Charlie Hills shipped him down to Saudi Arabia for the $1 million Neom Turf Cup, but it was not to be, as the son of American G1 winner First Defence failed to factor in the 10.5-furlong affair. Resurfacing and dropping in trip three months later, he was an excellent second in the nine-furlong Prix d’Ispahan (G1) to Skalleti, who returned on Sunday to dismantle Germany’s Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (G1) by five lengths. Out of a half-sister to Sussex winner Kingman, Tilsit also exited France in top form, winning the Summer Mile (G2) on July 10, the same race that produced last year’s Sussex winner, Mohaather. He has the added advantage of smart form at Goodwood, winning the Thoroughbred Stakes (G3) over this course one year ago. Kieran Shoemark keeps the ride in the famed Juddmonte silks.
Official Rating: 114
Betting Forecast: 28/1
T: Andre Fabre | J: Jim Crowley
Invading from France will be Al Shaqab Racing’s Duhail from the ever-dangerous yard of five-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Andre Fabre. The son of Lope de Vega has yet to race at the top level, but has proven himself in Group 2 company, including a smart win in the Prix du Muguet (G2) on May 1 at Saint-Cloud. A seven-time winner from 15 starts, the 5-year-old must be respected on connections, but his form—much like a few in here—must step up the extra bit to win a race with the prestige of the Sussex. Jim Crowley, who won this last year with Mohaather, picks up the mount.
Official Rating: 112
Betting Forecast: 30/1
T: Simon & Ed Crisford | J: James Doyle
The elder-statesman of the field is 7-year-old Century Dream, a 10-time winner (including at G2 level) who exits a good second to Tilsit in the Summer Mile (G2) on July 10 for training team Simon & Ed Crisford. The son of top sire and 1998 Breeders’ Cup Mile also-ran Cape Cross has maintained his form admirably season after season and 2021 is no exception. A winner of Windsor’s Midsummer Stakes (Listed) on June 25, he must be respected, especially with his ability to adapt to the ground and class of any given race. James Doyle rides in the silks of Abdulla Belhabb.
Official Rating: 111
Betting Forecast: 25/1
T: Richard Hannon | J: Pat Dobbs
Perhaps the ‘wise guy’ longshot of the field, Chindit has been flirting with Group 1 glory for much of his seven-race career. Winner of his first three in smart style last year at two, he was bet down to 9/2 in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1)—Europe’s top juvenile affair—but flopped to finish ninth of 14. He returned in April to take the Greenham Stakes (G3) over seven furlongs before running a respectable fifth, beaten 4¼ lengths by Poetic Flare, in the 2000 Guineas (G1). Well-backed again in top company, he again acquitted himself well when fifth of 13 in the St James’s Palace (G1) to the same rival, but still appears a buck short of cashing in at the G1 level. Still, the son of Wootton Bassett is maturing for Richard Hannon—who also has Snow Lantern in the race—and has the services of ever-reliable Pat Dobbs in the saddle. It could be a matter of time until he finds the right spot to make a big splash.
Official Rating: 109
Betting Forecast: 80/1
T: Richard Fahey | J: Daniel Tudhope
Clipper Logistics’ Space Traveller, eighth in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), has only competed four times since then, including a sole run in 2020 (sixth in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes) and one win from three starts this year. The Richard Fahey pupil landed the Ganton Stakes (Listed) at York on June 11 over fast ground, which is not guaranteed at Goodwood this week (with the rain expected). Daniel Tudhope sits atop the son of Bated Breath who must step up drastically to win this.
- September 25, 2021
Royal Patronage Scores in Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Earns Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Royal Patronage (FR) landed a thrilling Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket, securing his guaranteed start in the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
- September 24, 2021
Masekela Heads to Newmarket for Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Automatic Berth into Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Mick and Janice Mariscotti’s Masekela (IRE) heads a field of seven in Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket.
- September 24, 2021
Amo Racing Limited’s Hello You (IRE) announced herself as one of the best 2-year-old fillies in Europe, as she quickened clear in Friday’s Unibet Rockfel Stakes (G2) at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course.