GLORIOUS Gooodwood is renowned for its top quality racing in a superb downland setting, but this year will see an outstanding contest in the one-mile Sussex Stakes next Wednesday, which could go down in history.
Canford Cliffs takes on Frankel - both top stars in their own right.
Canford Cliffs won the race last year partnered by Richard Hughes, and the Richard Hannon-trained horse has won a race at each of the last three Royal Ascots.
Hannon believes Canford Cliffs is the best horse he has ever trained and has described him as ‘a brilliant horse, something quite extraordinary, a true star on the racecourse’.
Richard Hughes has found the key to this horse, and the right way to ride him so that his devastating turn of foot brings him home in winning style.
But Frankel is likely to give Canford Cliffs the ultimate test on the Goodwood turf. The colt was named in memory of the late, great, Anerican trainer Bobby Frankel, who sent out hundreds of winners for owner Khalid Abdulla.
Sir Henry Cecil trained him to win the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in unforgettable style with jockey Tom Queally on board.
He went on to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot by a small margin, stopping in the closing stages after holding the lead for almost the entire race. It was his seventh victory from seven starts.
Canford Cliffs has the experience of the speedy Goodwood track, and this will be the first time that Frankel has faced opposition from an older horse. It will be a fascinating contest.
If there is rain, bringing softer ground, Canford Cliff’s stablemate Dick Turpin could even run in the race.
So far the two Hannon runners have met four times in the same races, with the score between them 2-2.
For full feature and more equestrian news see West Sussex Gazette July 20