Here is your runner by runner guide to the Qatar Sussex Stakes coming to you live at 3:35pm on ITV.
No1- Beat The Bank
This horse has two ways of racing- winning or flopping. Brilliant winner of the Group Two Summer Mile beating Lord Glitters a neck and had Suedois back in third who ran a blinder on the opening day of the festival. He won the Bonhams Thoroghbred Stakes at this meeting last year so that’s a bonus for his chance and he will go on the ground. He’s a multiple Group Two winner but his form figures in Group One races read 006 so that is a worry but he deserves to take his chance.
No2- Lightning Spear
I adore how consistent this guy is at the top level. He is naught from ten in group one races and, last time out, he was third in the Queen Anne- a neck behind Lord Glitters and ahead of Beat The Bank and So Beloved. He loves it at Goodwood and he has won the Celebration Mile twice. He was third in this last year and is my each way chance.
No3- Lord Glitters
This horse is scarily consistent, running fifteen times, winning five and coming second in eight. That kind of record could cause one to question his attitude to winning and I don’t think there is an issue with that as he always looks to be trying his hardest. He has been second in all three outings this season in the Lincoln, Queen Anne and Summer Mile. He is likely to run into a place but it seems as though he doesn’t have the class to win this Group One event against younger horses.
No4- So Beloved
Despite this horse’s age, he is still putting up decent performances. He ran in the Lennox on Tuesday and was eleventh of twelve. It’s not likely that he will run in this but if he does, I can’t see him winning.
No5- Expert Eye
I never know how to judge this horse. He won on debut and then won the Vintage Stakes over course and distance and we all thought he could be the next best thing but he was then ninth of nine in the Dewhurst when 4/7 favorite. He kicked off his two year old campaign with a second in a Group Three behind James Garfield and then was tenth in the 2000 Guineas and that was his only attempt at a mile. When dropped back to seven furlongs last time out, he bolted up at Royal Ascot under Australian James McDonald in the Jersey Stakes. He is a contender and at the time of writing this he was 11/4 and I think that is an appropriate price for him.
No6- Gustav Klimt
He is a Group Two winner in the Superlative Stakes and ran in both Guineas finishing best placed third in the Irish version. On his penultimate start, he was second to Without Parole, only beaten half a length and then was third in a Group One in Deauville. The ground should suit him but there are rumors going around that Aidan O’Brien’s string aren’t in the best of health at the minute and if he is under the weather I definitely wouldn’t rate his chance as his Group One abilities can be questioned at the best of times.
This colt is coming over from France and is two from three over there. He won a Listed race by a short neck last time out and it is likely he will progress on from that run to this one but it’s probably not his day to shine in this. His dam won a Sailsbury handicap by six lengths over one mile two furlongs so when he’s older I think he will get further and be a decent horse for connections. The trainer seems to like him or he wouldn’t be entered in this.
No8- Without Parole
This horse is the obvious one to beat! He is unbeaten on all four starts and is looking to replicate his sire Frankel in winning this race. He won his maiden and a novice race both by six lengths and then landed the Listed Heron Stakes in a workmanlike fashion at Sandown. Then he won the St James’ Palace beating Gustav Klimt and I can’t see the other horse reversing the form. Barring a bad incident, he should win.