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  • 15:10 Qipco Sussex Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions' Series) (Group 1) £300,000 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £170,130 2nd £64,500 3rd £32,280 4th £16,080
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 37.47s
  • Off time: 15:12:24

Full result

15:10 Goodwood Result 27th July 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Frankel 8-13 T P Queally Sir H R A Cecil 3 8/13f
Took keen hold, made all, shaken up and quickened clear over 1f out, unchallenged, impressive opened 4/6 touched 4/6 £800-£1100(x3) £509-£700 £20000-£30000 £4000-£6000 £3000-£4500 £2000-£3000(x2) £1600-£2400(x2) £1333-£2000 £800-£1200 £400-£600(x10) £1169-£1900 £400-£650
2nd (2) 5 Canford Cliffs (IRE) 9-7 R Hughes Richard Hannon 4 7/4
Tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, outpaced and no chance over 1f out, well beaten when hung badly left final furlong opened 13/8 touched 7/4 £17500-£10000 £1400-£800 £700-£400 £3250-£2000 £2600-£1600 £2438-£1500 £1625-£1000(x2) £1300-£800(x2) £650-£400 £600-£400
3rd (1) Rio de La Plata (USA) 9-7 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 6 22/1
Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, ridden and outpaced inside final 3f, ridden and beaten inside final 2f opened 33/1 touched 33/1
4th (4) Rajsaman (FR) 9-7 T Jarnet F Head 4 22/1
Always last, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, no chance after, never in contention opened 25/1 touched 28/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.90
Straight Forecast: £1.88 Exacta: £2.10

Jackpot: £31,930.55 carried forward to Goodwood, 28th Jul
Placepot: £504.10, Pool: £251698.02, 364.49 winning tickets
Quadpot: £44.40, Pool: £15605.08, 260.07 winning tickets

Verdict

A small but select field featuring the two outstanding milers in Europe with the year younger FRANKEL coming out firmly on top after another quite remarkable performance to help cement his place in the pantheon of all-time greats. Tom Queally had received the lion's share of the blame in many quarters for a performance that fell below expectations in the St James's Palace Stakes but proved that his confidence hadn't been affected with a faultless display. Frankel appears to be maturing mentally with each outing, going to post more calmly than has often been the case, and settling perfectly in the race, something which he hadn't always done earlier in his career and, arguably, led to the dramatic tactics employed in the Guineas; both his trainer and jockey deserve huge credit for achieving this. Connections would have preferred a lead but knew that this was unlikely and were prepared to go on. Queally initially set a steady gallop before gradually increasing the tempo and turning the screw bit by bit and it wasn't until just over a furlong from home that he asked him the question, to which the response was instantaneous and quite stunning. The winning margin certainly didn't flatter Frankel and it took Tom Queally a long time to pull him up suggesting that there was plenty left in the tank while offering plenty of encouragement to those who believe that he'll stay ten furlongs. However, connections indicated that the Prix Jacques le Marois or Queen Elizabeth II Stakes were likelier targets than the Juddmonte International with Ascot looking like the preferred option and his final race of the campaign before returning as a four year old. Quite how far he can go is hard to assess as he has hardly been challenged in his eight race career and the future is hugely exciting with both his trainer and owner describing him as the best horse that they have ever had. Canford Cliffs has won five consecutive Group Ones - including this race 12 months ago - but simply couldn't live with Frankel to whom he was conceding 8lbs. He travelled beautifully in the winner's slipstream but the distress signals were already going out with a quarter of a mile to run and he was unable to cope with Frankel's acceleration. He drifted markedly left in the final furlong with Rio De La Plata finishing two and a half lengths closer to him than in the Queen Anne Stakes. Connections were quick to point to his inability to reproduce his best on the track but he was good enough to beat Rip Van Winkle over C&D 12 months previously and it is far more likely to have been due to the effect of trying to match Frankel rather than Canford Cliffs being below par. Providing that this run doesn't leave a mark on him, he should be able to add to his Group One tally as long as Frankel isn't amongst the opposition although Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes are keen to have another crack at Sir Henry Cecil's colt. Rio De La Plata has won Group Ones over seven furlongs, a mile and ten furlongs in France and Italy and is a likeable colt; he ran his race and connections should have little difficulty finding him another opening at the top level, possibly back on the continent. Rajsman had run his best race in Group One company when a length behind Goldikova in the Prix d'Ispahan on his previous outing. He settled well enough in first time blinkers but was always struggling to go the gallop in the straight and never threatened. However, he stuck to his task and was far from disgraced but always looks likely to struggle at this level.