Kingman and Toronado set to clash in the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday
Just five runners are entered for the Sussex Stakes although the fact that Kingman and Toronado are lining up makes this a highly attractive proposition, with the former the 8/13 favourite with bet365 to claim victory.
Kingman registered impressive victories in the Irish Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to confirm himself the leading three-year-old miler in the country.
The John Gosden horse should be fine on the fast ground that will be yielded by the hot summer that is being enjoyed in the UK, with punters likely to come for a horse that has already seen off some class horses in the past few races.
However, Toronado obliged as the favourite of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and Richard Hannon has now primed the four-year-old for Glorious Goodwood for what could be a hammer and tongs battle to the line.
Richard Hughes is a pretty accurate judge of horse and the veteran jockey sees no reason why his charge can’t oblige at odds of 2/1.
The jockey told Racing UK: “Toronado’s a good, hardy horse and he looks a million dollars. All his work has been great. We have to give 8lb to one of the best milers we’ve seen for a while though.
“Mine is a very strong, versatile horse who can make the running if needed. That will stand him in good stead around Goodwood, it could be a small field and tactical. I wouldn’t swap him anyway.
“It’s going to be hard to beat Kingman, I’m under no illusions but there are no chinks in our armour and he’s a tougher horse this year than last year.
“I tried not to get into a battle with him last year, if I was going to win I was going to win quick, but this year is different.”