Sussex Stakes

The Sussex Stakes is one of the two Group One races run during the course of the Glorious Goodwood Festival. The race is run in either July or August, depending on the scheduling of the Goodwood Festival.

The Sussex Stakes is run over a distance of 1 mile on Goodwood Racecourse. Entry to the race is open to 3-year old and older thoroughbred racehorses.

Sussex Stakes Betting Tips

The Sussex Stakes is one of the most intriguing events on the English flat racing calendar because it potentially pits the star 3-year-old milers of the season against previous generations of miler talent.

Whether older winners of Group 1 mile races always show up for the contest is another story, and will tend to affect the outcome of the race. Where you find the race restricted to horses that competed in that season’s Irish and English 2,000 Guineas you can expect form to come through, and if the winner of either of these races made an impression at the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot, you’re looking at a solid betting option.

If Guineas or Group 1 mile champions from previous seasons are thrown into the mix the job becomes more difficult and you’ll need to look at the form of the older horses to make your call. In recent years its been the 3-year-olds who have tasted Group 1 success earlier in the season who have dominated.

Sussex Stakes Odds

29 July 2015 - Goodwood - 15:10
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Night Of Thunder613/2
Cougar Mountain1414
Here Comes When5050
Bossy Guest5033

Sussex Stakes Winners & History

The Sussex Stakes was first run four decades after the Duke of Richmond set up racing facilities for the Sussex Militia on his Goodwood property. Although the race was first run in 1841, it was only in 1878 that the Sussex Stakes became a popular event and adopted its current format and distance.

Entry to the Sussex Stakes was originally restricted to 3-year old thoroughbreds, in line with entry restrictions for the Classics at that time. Only in 1960 were four year olds permitted to run in the race, and in 1975 the race was opened to all age groups, giving top racehorses the opportunity to extend their Group One careers.

The winners of the Sussex Stakes include some of the finest racehorses ever to have competed in Great Britain. Amongst the most famous winners were Giant’s Causeway, Rock of Gibraltar and Henrythenavigator. Remarkably, no horse has ever won the Sussex Stakes twice.

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