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Sussex Stakes

United Kingdom | FEATURE RACE GUIDE

History

lightning spear winning the sussex stakes at goodwood in chichester united kingdom
LIGHTNING SPEAR winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in Chichester, United Kingdom. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Sussex Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the milers at Goodwood conducted by the Goodwood Racecourse.
The Sussex Stakes is run over the mile. It was first run in 1841 but was a six furlong two year old race. In its current form, it essentially began in 1878.
After initially being for 2yos and then just for 3yos in 1878, 4yos ran in it from 1960 and older horses from 1975.
It is now the feature race of the Goodwood Festival in late July or early August known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.
Early runnings of the race were marred by walkovers on 14 occasions.
The Sussex Stakes was not run during the War years bar 1941 when at Newmarket.
It is basically the first chance for the three year olds to take on the older horses at the mile and is billed that way.
Three year olds have had a phenomenal run of late. Even though all ages can compete, since 1960 the 3yos have won 40 of the 58 runnings.
Frankel is the only horse to win the Sussex Stakes twice. His win in 2011 was his first attempt out of his own age bracket, beating three rivals by five lengths. He did almost the same thing 12 months on.
Sir Gordon Richards has most wins with eight over a 24 year period starting in the 1920s. Sir Henry Cecil won it seven times ending with the legend Frankel.
The Sussex Stakes is worth £1,059,250 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Sussex Stakes include Solow (2015), Kingman (2014), Toronado (2013), Frankel (2011/2012), Canford Cliffs (2010), Rip Van Winkle (2009), Henrythenavigator (2008), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Giant’s Causeway (2000), Bigstone (1993), Soviet Star (1987), Noalcoholic (1983), Kris (1979), Brigadier Gerard (1971), Palestine (1950), Thrush (1905), Orme (1892) and Rayon D’Or (1879).
The 2018 Sussex Stakes was won by Lightning Spear from Expert Eye and Lord Glitters.
Racing and Sports

Previous Sussex Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) 7H
PIVOTAL (GB) - ATLANTIC DESTINY (IRE) ROYAL ACADEMY (USA)
OISIN MURPHY61.0DAVID SIMCOCK4
HERE COMES WHEN (IRE) 7G
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - QUAD'S MELODY (IRE) SPINNING WORLD (USA)
JIM CROWLEY61.0A M BALDING5
THE GURKHA (IRE) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - CHINTZ (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN3
SOLOW (GB) 5G
SINGSPIEL (IRE) - HIGH MAINTENANCE (FR) HIGHEST HONOR (FR)
MAXIME GUYON61.0F HEAD5
KINGMAN (GB) 3C
INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE) - ZENDA (GB) ZAMINDAR (USA)
JAMES DOYLE57.0JOHN GOSDEN4
TORONADO (IRE) 3C
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - WANA DOO (USA) GRAND SLAM (USA)
R HUGHES56.5R HANNON7
FRANKEL (GB) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - KIND (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
T P QUEALLY60.5SIR HENRY CECIL3
FRANKEL (GB) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - KIND (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
T P QUEALLY56.5SIR HENRY CECIL3
CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) 3C
TAGULA (IRE) - MRS MARSH (GB) MARJU (IRE)
R HUGHES56.5R HANNON1
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - LOOKING BACK (IRE) STRAVINSKY (USA)
J MURTAGH56.5A P O'BRIEN2
HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA) 3C
KINGMAMBO (USA) - SEQUOYAH (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
J MURTAGH56.5A P O'BRIEN3
RAMONTI (FR) 5M
MARTINO ALONSO (IRE) - FOSCA (USA) EL GRAN SENOR (USA)
L DETTORI60.5SAEED BIN SUROOR8
COURT MASTERPIECE (GB) 6H
POLISH PRECEDENT (USA) - EASY OPTION (IRE) PRINCE SABO (GB)
JIMMY FORTUNE60.5ED DUNLOP5
PROCLAMATION (IRE) 3C
KING'S BEST (USA) - SHAMARRA (FR) ZAYYANI (IRE)
M KINANE56.5J NOSEDA7
SOVIET SONG (IRE) 4M
MARJU (IRE) - KALINKA (IRE) SOVIET STAR (USA)
J MURTAGH59.0JAMES FANSHAWE5
REEL BUDDY (USA) 5H
MR GREELEY (USA) - ROSEBUD (GB) INDIAN RIDGE (IRE)
PAT EDDERY60.5R HANNON7
ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - OFFSHORE BOOM (GB) BE MY GUEST (USA)
M KINANE56.5A P O'BRIEN3
NOVERRE (USA) 3C
RAHY (USA) - DANSEUR FABULEUX (USA) NORTHERN DANCER (GB)
L DETTORI57.0SAEED BIN SUROOR11
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (USA) 3C
STORM CAT (USA) - MARIAH'S STORM (USA) RAHY (USA)
M KINANE57.0A P O'BRIEN6

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