Pretty decent renewal of the G2 Lennox Stakes, which is the highlight of day 1 of the Goodwood festival. I think Toormore will appreciate the drop to in class from G1 to G2 level and the drop in trip from a mile to 7f. It's significant that Richard Hughes chose Toormore over Professor who's in really good form right now. Professor's last 2 runs have produced a 2nd in the Workingham Stakes at Ascot and a conditions stakes win for 100+ rated horses at Haydock last time out over Trade Storm and Rerouted. My Lennox Stakes super-fecta: 1st-Toormore 2nd-Gregorian 3rd-Professor 4th-Garswood/Amarillo?
@Northport, Kingman's got a blistering turn of foot and with the weight for age break he gets for being a 3yo I think Toronado's gonna have his hands full once Kingman strikes the front. I would also like to see War Command throw in a "Coventry Stakes like" performance at Goodwood. I'm also very interested to see how Darwin gets along in this race with Ryan Moore aboard.
It's official, both Kingman and Toronado are entered to run in the G1 Sussex Stakes on Wednesday at Goodwood. A small but select field of 5 will go to post. Godolphin will send out BC Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip and Aidan O'Brien sends out both War Command and Darwin for Coolmore. Between 2009 and 2013, only Frankel has won the Sussex Stakes as a 3yo and been able to come back and defend his crown the next season as a 4yo. Rip Van Winkle won the Sussex Stakes as a 3yo in 2009 but was beaten as 4yo in 2010 by Canford Cliffs. In 2011 Canford Cliffs returned as a 4yo and was mauled by the then 3yo Frankel. Toronado won the race in 2013 as a 3yo, but will he be able to defend his crown this year as a 4yo against the majestic Kingman? We'll find out on Wednesday!!
Bayern didn't just win the Haskell, he laid Untapable, Wildcat Red, Social Inclusion, and the whole nine yards of them absolutely to waste!
I think the connections of Noble Mission had a specific agenda for sending him to Germany for the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis. Strange it may sound, the Dallmayr-Preis has for several seasons been a "win and your in" event for the G1 Arlington Million in America, a race I recently read on-line that Noble Mission may be targeting next month. I think Lady Cecil thought they could slip over to Munich, win the Dallmayr-Preis, and avoid having to pay any of the Million entry fees. Somebody just forgot to tell Noble Mission there was a very talented German 3yo by the name of Lucky Lion waiting to spoil the party.
@jonquil, I've already seen a bunch of different comments on different racing web-sites saying Lucky Lion's win over Noble Mission adds substance to Sea The Moon's chances in the Arc, but I'm not so sure. Honestly, good though he's been at 2400 meters throughout his career, is Noble Mission really good enough at that distance to be a factor in the Arc? And I would argue he's a bit bitter racing at today's distance of 2000 meters than he is at 2400 meters, IMO. That's by no means a knock at Sea The Moon. He's a very talented horse with a ton of still unseen potential I'm sure. But I wouldn't rate him as highly as I do Taghrooda or Australia at this point. But TJMO.
Lucky Lion, 2nd behind Sea The Moon in the G1 German Derby, beats Noble Mission to win the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis in Munich, Germany.
@jonquil, Hannon, Jr. has Olympic Glory entered right now, but my hunch is that's to just to cover if the ground turns soft. If it doesn't rain a bunch and change the ground at Goodwood by Wednesday I would expect to see Hannon scratch Olympic Glory.
According to everything I've read on-line up til now, the "duel on the downs" is set to happen this coming Wednesday at Goodwood in the G1 Sussex Stakes. The best older turf miler(arguably) in Toronado set to go head to head with the best turf miler from the classic generation in Kingman(no arguably to it). Been licking my chops waiting for this meeting to happen. I personally give Kingman a slight edge in the race because of the 3yo weight for age break he gets, but can't just summarily dismiss Toronado's chances either because nobody rides Goodwood Downs like Richard Hughes, IMO.
Godolphin would've been much better served leaving Sharestan in this race along with Windhoek than they were leaving Long John, because I said this earlier today, I don't think Long John would stay 10-1/2f if he took a taxi, and Sharestan has been lights out in races at 10f & 10-1/2f.
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