TWO unbeaten equine superstars, Frankel and Black Caviar, are expected to be among entries for the Qipco Sussex Stakes when entries close for the top Glorious Goodwood race this Tuesday, May 29.
Adam Waterworth, managing director of Goodwood racecourse, speaking at a dinner at Goodwood House on Friday night, said he was confident the two would be entered for the race.
He said: “Sheikh Fahad has promised to raise the prize-money to £1 million if both champions turn up. Originally Frankel was thought to be the least likely to turn up, with plans for him to step up in distance this season. But now plans appear to be for Frankel to stay at one mile and to step up in distance after the Sussex Stakes.
“Now Black Caviar appears to be the one to be pressurised to take part. The race would be huge inernationally. But I expect them both to be entered for the race on Tuesday,” he said.
Black Caviar has recently notched up 21 wins from 21 wons, while Frankel’s seasonal reappearance in the Lockinge Stakes, brought him to 10 victories from 10 runs..
Goodwood’s first three-day June Festival meeting instigated by Waterworth, running until Saturday (May 16) has been an outstanding success, also enjoying outstanding weather.
*Ant and Dec, usually know for their exploits on shows such as I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent, were at Goodwood for this meeting, where not only did they enjoy a day in the sunshine but the racehorse they own, Primeaval won the main race of the day, the Wright Joinery Company Stakes.
Primeaval, who is trained by James Fanshawe in Newmarket and was ridden by top female jockey Hayley Turner, has now finished in the top four in his last eight starts, winning four of them.
Ant said in the winner’s enclosure after the race, “Dec and I have owned Primeaval for a couple of years and he has been a great deal of fun – we are thrilled that he won today! I think I was more nervous before the race than when Pudsey went on stage in the final of Britain’s Got Talent! There is a chance that he could go to Royal Ascot, which would be so exciting, and we hope to go but we are filming at the moment so it depends on our schedule, hopefully we can be there.”