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Star milers headline Sussex Stakes entries

Classic victors dominate the entries for the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, with this season’s English, Irish, French and German 2000 Guineas all featuring in the July 31 event.

The unbeaten Notable Speech triumphed at Newmarket for Charlie Appleby, beating Richard Hannon’s Rosallion, who duly gained compensation when triumphing at the Curragh on Saturday, narrowly beating stablemate Haatem who is another Sussex contender.

Metropolitan won the Poule d’Essai des Poulains for Marco Baratti and he could represent the French Classic generation, while the David Menuisier-trained Devil’s Point made all to take the Group Two German 2000 Guineas last week.

The three-year-old entry numbers a clutch of Aidan O’Brien-trained runners, including Irish 1,000 Guineas third and fourth Opera Singer and Buttons, Irish 2,000 third Unquestionable and Henry Longfellow, who disappointed as favourite behind Metropolitan at ParisLongchamp.

A total of 39 horses are in the race, with Inspiral and Facteur Cheval two of the key older performers in what is the first European all-aged Group One mile clash of the season.

Inspiral suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of fellow John and Thady Gosden-trained runner Audience on her reappearance in the Lockinge and the two could clash again at Goodwood for owners Cheveley Park Stud. The three-year-old Lead Artist, who was a winner at York, is an intriguing possible for the Clarehaven team.

Facteur Cheval was last seen when winning the Dubai Turf at Meydan in March and his trainer also has a second string to his bow in Lazzat, who is undefeated in four career starts.

Deirdre provided Japan with a Goodwood Festival win back in 2019 when landing the Nassau Stakes and there could be a Japanese runner this year with the Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Soul Rush.

The six-year-old was narrowly beaten in the Mile Championship at Kyoto racecourse back in November and recently won on his return at Group Two level there ahead of this weekend’s Grade One Yasuda Kinen.

Praise all round, as ‘very special’ Paddington stays perfect for the season

In driving rain on the South Downs, the casual television viewer could have been forgiven for thinking the footage had been taken from a November National Hunt meeting and not the linen suit and Panama convention that is usually the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Though the weather denied racegoers the summer garden party they may have hoped for, the quality of the racing and the promise of seeing a true superstar in action was compensation enough for the sodden shoes and obliterated umbrellas.

The horse in question was Aidan O’Brien’s Paddington, a three-year-old son of Siyouni whose swiftly accelerating run of form brought him to the Qatar Sussex Stakes less than a month after his superb Coral-Eclipse victory.

Only four horses opted to take him on and even the relentless rain and deteriorating ground could not dissuade punters from sending him off as the 4-9 favourite under Ryan Moore.

Those that did back him experienced just the briefest moment of worry when an outsider, Jerome Reynier’s Facteur Cheval, loomed up in the final furlong, splashing happily through the rain-soaked terrain.

Paddington landing the Sussex Stakes
Paddington landing the Sussex Stakes (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Paddington was not for passing, however, and his class snatched him away from any danger as he pulled clear to cross the line a comfortable length and a half ahead of his French rival.

The heaviest rain of the day fell when he returned to the paddock, but the weather did not prevent a warm reception as the horse strode back in looking as damp and imposing as a winning hurdler on a wet day at Cheltenham.

In his coat colour he bears little resemblance to Giant’s Causeway. But his Goodwood victory saw Paddington match his extraordinary treble of the St James’s Palace, Coral-Eclipse and Sussex Stakes.

His next step he is likely to mirror the ‘Iron Horse’, too, as the Juddmonte International at York beckons, a race Giant’s Causeway won by a head in 2000.

O’Brien – who was all smiles when posing for pictures with the ‘real’ Paddington Bear after the race – said: “We love these big days and I’m delighted that the lads are happy to run on them. York is a massive festival as well. We’ll definitely look at it and consider it very seriously.

Aidan O'Brien with Paddington Bear
Aidan O’Brien with Paddington Bear (Goodwood Racecourse)

“We’ll have to see how he comes out (of the race). But he’s very special, we think. We weren’t expecting the ground to be as tough as it was today, but knowing the horse he could take it with a smile on his face.”

Australia for the Cox Plate has also been mentioned, alongside the Breeders’ Cup, the latter meeting being the scene of an unforgettably agonising defeat for Giant’s Causeway in the final run of his career, going down by a neck to Tiznow in the Classic at Churchill Downs.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is even a tantalising possibility, which would mean stepping up to a mile and a half for a race that can be run in gruelling autumn conditions, as it was last year when Alpinista prevailed on very deep ground.

“The Breeders’ Cup is an option and Tom (Magnier, of Coolmore) mentioned something about Australia,” said O’Brien.

“We made an Arc entry because there doesn’t seem to be any end to his stamina. He could go anywhere or do anything. He’s had a busy season. You run in any one top-level race and you know it, but he’s doing them one after another.

“I thought he wanted good ground or better because he’s quick, but he has handled the soft ground and he’s won on heavy before – but when a horse can quicken like that you’d think he’d want good ground.”

Moore, who is not often overly effusive in his praise, hinted that Paddington could be one of the most talented horses he has partnered in a career that has seen him ride many champions.

“It’s a hard thing to say, but he gives you the feel that he might be as good a horse as I’ve ridden,” he said.

“He’s exceptional. And he’s handled everything that we’ve put in front of him, whether it’s a mile, 10 (furlongs), good ground, soft.

“He’s a straightforward horse who thrives on his racing. Someone asked me yesterday if he’d go on this ground and I said he’d go on snow.”

Reynier has eyes on Champions Day with gallant Facteur Cheval

Jerome Reynier will target Qipco British Champions Day with Facteur Cheval after finishing best of the rest behind Paddington in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The French raider had been kept fresh since finishing a close-up third behind the Owen Burrows-trained Anmaat in the Prix d’Ispahan at the end of May.

Given a patient ride by Maxime Guyon, the 11-1 chance moved into contention with a couple of furlongs to run and briefly looked like giving red-hot favourite Paddington a real run for his money.

In the end Aidan O’Brien’s superstar colt found more to extend his unbeaten record this season to six, but Reynier was understandably thrilled with his four-year-old’s performance in defeat.

He said: “It’s like a victory today. We really thought he was going to beat Paddington, but he had the stands rail and we were in the middle of the track and he was stuck in the middle of traffic.

“He ran a great race, he was third in a Group One the other day and second today in a very nice Group One and I hope the next time we will be able to win at that level.

“With five runners it was best to wait at the back for a late challenge. We were the fourth favourite out of five runners, so we thought if he can just beat one or two home, we would be happy, but we never thought he was going to be able to run that way.

“He keeps improving mentally and physically, so probably the best is yet to come.”

Reynier has gone close on Champions Day before, with Skalleti filling the runner-up spot behind Addeybb in the Champion Stakes three years ago.

Facteur Cheval is also be Ascot bound, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes a logical target.

“Fingers crossed he will be coming back in good shape and we can aim for the Queen Elizabeth at the end of the year with him,” the trainer added.

Roger Varian was pleased with the performance of third home Charyn, who was placed again behind Paddington having run well behind him in both the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes.

“He ran well and he prefers better ground. He travelled into it well,” said the Newmarket handler.

“He ran very well at Royal Ascot to be third in the St James’s Palace, nearly second, and he ran very well in the Irish Guineas (finished fourth), so he’s knocking on the door at this top level.

“He doesn’t like this ground really, he wants better ground.”

The disappointment of the race was John and Thady Gosden’s three-time Group One winner Inspiral.

Frankie Dettori made an early move in the straight in an effort to beat Paddington to the stands rail, but his mount soon came under pressure and weakened to finish last of five.

Dettori said: “We tried, but it was very obvious that she doesn’t cope with this kind of ground.

“If the ground dries up and she comes out of this race, we can back her up in the race she won in France last year (Prix Jacques le Marois).

“It was obvious what was going to happen – Paddington got a lead and everything his own way, so I grabbed the fence as I had to make a race of it.”

Paddington has all the answers in Sussex Stakes

Paddington made it a brilliant six from six for the season with a dominant front-running victory in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

The Siyouni colt has not looked back since making a successful start to his campaign in a handicap at Leopardstown, winning a Listed race at the Curragh, the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes before successfully stepping up to 10 furlongs in the Coral-Eclipse.

Dropping back to a mile, Aidan O’Brien’s teak-tough three-year-old was the 4-9 favourite to make light of testing conditions and controlled matters from flag-fall in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Three-time Group One-winning filly Inspiral was the first of his challengers to throw down the gauntlet, but her effort was short lived and in the end it was French raider Facteur Cheval who emerged as the biggest threat.

But try as he might, he could never quite get on terms with Paddington, who had matters well in control as he passed the post with a length and a half in hand.

The winner was emulating former Ballydoyle great Giant’s Causeway by completing the St James’s Palace, Coral-Eclipse, Sussex Stakes treble.

The ‘Iron Horse’, as he was affectionately known, went on to add the Juddmonte International at York to his CV 23 years ago.

O’Brien said: He’s a very special horse. We were worried about the ground – even though he’d won on it, it wasn’t in this class of race and Ryan rode him for speed. He was over the moon with him and we’re so lucky to have him.

“I’m so delighted for the lads, he’s a very special horse.

“We’ll do whatever the lads want to do. He’s much quicker than Giant’s Causeway was, he’s tactically quick, but he can quicken as well. ‘The Giant’ was tactically quick, but he was a grinder after that.

Paddington after winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood
Paddington after winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood (Molly Hunter/PA)

“This horse can really turn it on when you have to, he’s very unique. It will depend on what the lads want to do and we’ll talk to them after a week.”

Paddington’s next stop is almost certain to be the Knavesmire on August 23.

O’Brien added: “He’s unique. It will depend on what the lads want to do and we’ll talk to them after a week, but he’s got a lot of options. He could go to York, he could do anything. But he’s very special, we think.

“With every race, he’s getting heavier, which is very unusual, and he’s getting calm, but he’s getting quick. He’s really trying. He’s three or four kilos heavier today than he was the last day.

“It is special that we have Peter (Brant) and Stephanie (Seymour) today that we didn’t have before with him. He’s very exciting.

“We love these big days and I’m delighted that the lads are happy to run on them.”

Moore was in agreement with O’Brien on Paddington’s special qualities.

He said: “It doesn’t matter whether it’s good ground, soft ground, heavy ground, eight or 10 furlongs he’s a unique horse. Some people say he’s taken us by surprise, but I can assure you he hasn’t because all this year he’s shown he’s a very good horse. He can cope with most things.”

Paddington soaks up the applause
Paddington soaks up the applause (Molly Hunter/PA)

And Brant, who has owned some great horses over the years, was thrilled to be at Goodwood for the first time.

“I’m honoured to be here at Glorious Goodwood. I was first in the game in 1976, so I’ve been in horse racing for quite a while,” said the American industrialist and art collector.

“This horse has a great name – Mrs (Sue) Magnier chose the name and she usually chooses great names, this one included.

“I must say this is among the greatest horses I’ve been proud enough to own. We won the Kentucky Derby in 1984 with a horse called Swale who was a great racehorse, but this horse has done a lot of special things that are hard to do. To win four Group Ones like this in such a short space of time and to look as grand as he does and to be gaining weight not losing weight is extraordinary.”

Paddington all set to produce once again in Sussex Stakes

Paddington has been the breakout star of the Flat season to date, in a campaign starting to bear very close resemblance to a Ballydoyle great of the past, Giant’s Causeway.

And like the ‘Iron Horse’, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt will need to show all his versatility in his latest assignment, the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Having emerged from winning a handicap first time out this season, the son of Siyouni is now chasing a fourth successive Group One victory.

A salute from Ryan Moore after the Eclipse
A salute from Ryan Moore after the Eclipse (Andrew Matthews for the Jockey Club)

He took the Irish 2,000 Guineas in style, before readily accounting for English Guineas winner Chaldean in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and then stepping up to 10 furlongs to beat Emily Upjohn in the Eclipse last time out.

Now he is dropping back to a mile, taking on the classy Inspiral with substantial rain forecast on Tuesday evening into Wednesday, although O’Brien is not unduly concerned.

He said: “He’s got winning form on very soft ground, so I wouldn’t be as concerned for him as I might have been for other horses. He’s got form on all types of ground.

“I hold Paddington in very high regard. He is very natural, very quick and very straightforward. He is a little bit different, we think, and the way he has progressed from run to run is very unusual.

“Ryan (Moore) always thought he had lots of pace and coming back to a mile won’t be a problem. We were delighted with him in the Eclipse and we always had the Sussex Stakes as part of his programme.

Giant’s Causeway beating Dansili in the Sussex Stakes of 2000
Giant’s Causeway beating Dansili in the Sussex Stakes of 2000 (Chris Ison/PA)

“He has been putting on weight after every run. He was much heavier heading into the Eclipse than he was before Ascot, which is quite unusual. He thrives on work and everyone involved with him is very happy.

“He has gone from strength to strength and Ryan is very impressed with him all the time. He is standing up to a lot of scrutiny and it is the ease with which he is doing it. He looks a serious horse at the moment.”

Giant’s Causeway was runner-up in the Irish Guineas, but did win the St James’s Palace, Eclipse and Sussex Stakes, and then added the Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes, races that could easily feature on Paddington’s radar.

For now it is Goodwood, with O’Brien adding: “The Sussex Stakes is a very prestigious race that has stood the test of time. For a horse going to stud, it is very important with it being the first time the three-year-olds can take on the older milers.”

Inspiral was brilliant in the Coronation Stakes last year
Inspiral was brilliant in the Coronation Stakes last year (David Davies/PA)

Just as in the Eclipse, Paddington’s biggest market rival is a filly trained by John and Thady Gosden.

Winner of six of her nine races, including three Group Ones, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned four-year-old Inspiral should certainly give Paddington something to think about – but whether she would want very soft ground is debateable.

“At this point in tine, all being well, we’ll run. The ground is changing, but this has been the plan and she is on course to go to Goodwood,” said Chris Richardson, racing manager for the owners.

“Obviously she has a weight for age difference, but it is a logical step really. We wanted to give her plenty of time after Royal Ascot.

“It was a good performance on her first run. She proved last year she runs well fresh and she followed it up.

“We obviously bypassed Newmarket (Falmouth) in preference for Goodwood. France was in the mix, but those races are too close together now and they have had plenty of rain over there.”

The ground, though, is a cause for concern.

Richardson went on: “Heavy ground wouldn’t suit her. We have taken the chance and more rain would suit Paddington probably more perhaps than us.

“She handles soft ground. She won the Marois on soft ground, and it was easy in the Falmouth when she was second as well. If you are not in, you can’t win.

“Paddington is a serious horse. He is a bit of a superstar, but we’re fresh and he’s had a few more races than us. The weight allowance might make a difference and she’s in good form.”

Aldaary was very progressive a couple of years ago
Aldaary was very progressive a couple of years ago (Tim Goode/PA)

The feature Qipco British Champions Series event on day two also features the William Haggas-trained Aldaary, who has not quite hit the heights after missing last season but is one who will appreciate the rain.

“We left Aldaary in the Sussex in the hope that we get the sort of ground we had when Here Comes When won in 2017,” said Haggas, successful 12 months ago with the mighty Baaeed.

“He’s probably not good enough to win, but he likes the soft, so who knows. It wasn’t as soft as ideal at Ascot last time and it was a funny race. He was still a bit rusty there, but he’s better now.”

Richard Hannon pulled Chindit out on Wednesday morning following overnight rain.

Glorious Goodwood 2023: Day 2 Preview, Pointers, Picks

On to Day 2, Wednesday, at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, or Glorious Goodwood to me and probably you. One of the features of the week, if not the feature, is the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at 3.35, and that clash of the generations and the sexes is supported by a trio of 'shoulder' races either side. The action gets underway at 1.50 with the...

1.50 Coral Handicap (1m4f, Class 2, 3yo only)

A three-year-old weight-for-ability contest over twelve furlongs would not be my 'go to' punting puzzle. This, however, is not your average such race. Indeed, previous winners Pether's Moon and Dartmouth ended up high class Group winners and are now enjoying careers as stallions; so it can be an instructive affair. Some pointers pulled from the trends at horseracebase.com as well as our own Goodwood Day 2 trends:

A low draw has typically been advantageous for all that two of the last four winners emerged from double digit berths. The top three in the betting have fared better than expectations, and horses finishing first or second last time have also bossed things. Team Johnston has won three of the last ten and five since 2008, none of them returning shorter than 6/1: they are triply represented. Sir Michael Stoute also has five winners and another eight placed from 22 starters, while Charlie Appleby has a winner and two places from six starters.

Horses last racing at Newmarket's July course or Ascot have much the best record, though those from Newmarket have offered a touch more value.

It's a really tough race to call, for me at least, with virtually the entire field capable of more than they've demonstrated to date; so at the prices perhaps the Sir Michael Stoute angle is the one. His Fox Journey is 15/2 in a place. But I have no clue really.

2.25 Oak Tree Stakes (7f, Group 3, 3yo+)

A pretty strong draw bias race is the Oak Tree Stakes, the winners since 1997 emerging from the following stalls: 2-2-1-10-3-6-1-5-10-10-9-2-2-9-10-1-1-1-6-6-1-5-1-2-2-2. There's a lot of 1's and 2's in that sequence without us thinking we've found the oracle (plenty of 9's and 10's to keep feet on the ground). But 14 of those 26 winners did exit one of the two lowest traps, and they accrued better than 51 units profit collectively.

Internationalangel was a neck second from stall 10 last year when a 66/1 chance, and has box two this time; geegeez-sponsored Marco Ghiani rides. Oscula represented Nick Bradley Racing when winning last year and jumped from stall 2. This year, the same connections have Fast Response exiting the inside gate: lucky Nick.

It's been a fair race for overseas runners, too, specifically from the French yard of Francois Rohaut: he saddled the winner three years running between 2015 and 2017. Add to that Samahram, trained by Francois-Henri Graffard, who would have won with a clear passage last year; and 25/1 Rocques who was fourth of 17 in 2019. Alas, the overseas raiders have had a torrid time at the draw, Samedi Rien getting stall 13 and Sicilian Defense drawing 15 of 16. Only the luckless Matilda Picotte fared worst, with the car park post position.

Breege has stall 3 and was second in a 7f Group 3 here last August. She handles soft ground and is a definite contender.

3.00 Molcomb Stakes (5f, Group 3, 2yo)

Rapid fire sprint action and low may be slightly favoured in terms of stall positions. Big Evs has the highest gate but he's lightning from the start and wasn't stopping at Royal Ascot when making all in the Windsor Castle. He almost overcame an even worse draw at Redcar on debut so that is unlikely to be his undoing. Kyllian is a highly legitimate challenger but Big Evs has achieved plenty more so far and is less exposed after only two career starts.

Barnwell Boy is probably better than he showed when midfield behind Big Evs - he won his maiden here over six - but it's hard to see him reversing places with the winner that day. The rest need to grow a fifth leg on form, but all are entitled to improve to one degree or another.

Big Evs is favourite in my book and about 6/4, but he's 5/2 with the actual layers right now. That looks wrong for all that he has to prove he handles very different underfoot conditions.

3.35 Sussex Stakes (1m, Group 1, 3yo+)

The feature of the day is a mile showdown between the Classic generation, represented by the Irish 2000 Guineas / St James's Palace Stakes / Eclipse winner, Paddington, and the Fillies' Mile / Coronation Stakes / Prix Jacques le Marois winner, Inspiral.

As a three-year-old, Paddington gets weight from Inspiral, but only four pounds because she is a filly. They have had hugely differing campaigns, Paddington lining up for the sixth time in 2023 here while Inspiral has just her second spin of the year.

And then Paddington has recorded a six-timer improving from run to run while Inspiral has been a touch inconsistent. On her best form she's a danger to the three-year-old champ, especially if he feels the effects of his busy campaign. But there was no sign of fatigue as Paddington toughed it out against a strong stayer in Emily Upjohn last time. That one clunked in the King George at the weekend and it is certainly not impossible that the effort exerted by the winner that day could flatten his energies here.

Inspiral looks a touch over-priced at 4/1 given the busy schedule Coolmore's flagbearer has maintained hitherto.

But there is an outlying scenario where neither of the obvious two turn up. It's unlikely but the picture I've tried to paint above is that it's not extremely unlikely. After all, look what happened to Auguste Rodin and Emily Upjohn on Saturday. Who, then, might be able to take advantage of such a scenario?

With Chindit having blown out twice at this track, albeit on much faster turf, Aldaary perhaps preferring a straight track as when he won the Balmoral Handicap up the straight mile at Ascot, French raider Facteur Cheval is interesting at a price. He handles soft ground - naturellement as it's always soft in France - and, though he's been beaten three times by the same horse recently, he does have a solid turn of foot. Maxime Guyon takes over from Gerald Mosse and perhaps will time his challenge better than the veteran has done.

Charyn ran a bold race when third in the St James's Palace Stakes but he, too, has had a hard campaign and might favour a shorter trip; that said, with no obvious pace angle in the field it may ride more like seven furlongs.

The obvious form horse is Paddington and if he turns up as we know him, he wins. But there are reasons to think he might not, in which case Inspiral is certainly worth a small bet at 4/1. Each way and/or without the favourite players might look to Facteur Cheval as a sporting alternative in a fascinating and high class contest, on paper at least.

4.10 Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes (5f, Class 2, 2yo)

The fifth renewal of this, features of the first four being top two-year-olds trainers and commensurately short prices. After that, I'm afraid you're pretty much on your own.

4.45 British EBF Fillies' Handicap (1m2f, Class 2, 3yo+)

A race in its eighth year. Ralph 'Raif' Beckett has won two, from just three runners; three-year-olds have won four of the first seven (they've also been responsible for 37 of 63 runners - near enough three-fifths - so not much of note there, except that they've arguably underperformed).

Red Raif runs La Isla Mujeres, who will probably race handily, a feature of three of the four winners. She might offer a fair run for money at 9/2, though I clearly haven't scoured the form with a fine-toothed comb: caveat emptor.

5.20 World Pool Handicap (7f, Class 3, 3yo+)

More like it. A big field brings draw into play, sort of. This has been won in the past ten years in two ways: either an inside post racing handily or making all, or a middle to wide draw being waited with and pouncing late. Looking at the pace map there are quite a few whose recent run style profile does not adhere to that very blunt identikit sketch:

 

 

We might give Dark Thirty a point, and then perhaps the likes of Haziym, Baileysgutfeeling, Classic, Farasi Lane and, perhaps, Darkness if ridden patiently, before looking at some actual form. Plenty of that list have shown little to nothing recently, though Haziym is tumbling from a high mark earned in France. Two which have run well lately are Darkness and Dark Thirty, though they're very far from dark Dark horses, if you see what I mean. Splitting a pound between the pair ought to give you one to shout early and hopefully one to challenge him late in a race that appears to have a fair bit of dead wood.

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It looks tenuous tickle territory pretty much all day. Paddington will shock nobody by winning but he is opposable with Inspiral; I am cheering Big Evs at value odds against Kyllian et al; and after that maybe dutching Breege and Fast Response will get a couple of quid back. The rest is even more guesswork than usual on my part!

Matt

Paddington the star attraction among Sussex confirmations

Paddington is a hot favourite to add a fourth Group One to his CV in Wednesday’s Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old has won each of his five starts this term, including the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and the 10-furlong Eclipse against older horses at Sandown at the start of July.

Paddington is set to drop back to a mile on the Sussex Downs and he is O’Brien’s only possible runner among 10 contenders, with Nostrum, from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, and the Roger Varian-trained Charyn the only other three-year-olds in contention.

Inspiral, representing John and Thady Gosden, leads the older charge after finishing second in the Queen Anne and would be renewing rivalries with Modern Games (fourth), Berkshire Shadow (fifth) and Chindit (sixth) from that Ascot heat.

Chindit will head to Goodwood in the form of his life
Chindit will head to Goodwood in the form of his life (Simon Marper/PA)

However, Richard Hannon will be keeping a keen eye on conditions for the last-named runner.

He said: “I’ve got Chindit in the Sussex. He is in the form of his life, but if it’s soft ground, I don’t know what we are going to do.

“It was subject to conditions that he goes to the Sussex. I might put him in the Prix Jacques le Marois (at Deauville), or the other one at Goodwood, the Group Two (Celebration Mile).

“We have a few options. He is a tough horse and I’m very happy with the way he is training.”

Facteur Cheval is an interesting French raider, while July Cup third Kinross could step back up in trip and Aldaary rounds out the possibles.

Dapperling/Newbury
Dapperling could make a quick reappearance at Goodwood (Simon Milham/PA)

Hannon has given Dapperling, who made much of the running before being collared by Relief Rally in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday, a couple of entries on Wednesday’s card.

The Fitri Hay-owned juvenile has potential targets at Goodwood which include the British EBF 40th Anniversary Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes or the Group Three Molecomb Stakes.

“It was a cracking run (at Newbury). I was delighted. I thought she’d nicked it for a bit,” said Hannon.

“We knew she’d improved a good bit physically and I was just pleased to see her running so well. They’ve put her up 8lb (to a mark of 84).

“She has taken it lovely. She had a canter on Tuesday morning and is as good as gold.”

The Molecomb has attracted 18 entries, with Baheer also featuring for Hannon while other leading contenders include Windsor Castle winner Big Evs, six-length Sandown Listed winner Kylian and O’Brien’s Alabama.

The Group Three Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes has 20 contenders headlined by Olivia Maralda, Potapova and White Moonlight.

Hi Royal ready to renew Paddington rivalry

Hi Royal could have another crack at Paddington in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on August 2.

Kevin Ryan’s colt massively outran his odds in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket when second to Chaldean at 125-1.

He then went on to prove that was not a performance out of the blue by attempting to make all in the Irish equivalent and was only caught late on by Aidan O’Brien’s subsequent St James’s Palace Stakes winner Paddington.

Hi Royal lost second close to the line also but having skipped Ascot, connections are hoping his freshness will reap dividends at Goodwood.

“Hi Royal has been a real credit. He proved his run in the 2000 Guineas was no fluke when he went to Ireland last time at the Curragh, that was another solid race,” said owner Jaber Abdullah’s assistant racing manager Philip Robinson.

“Hopefully it is all systems go and I think he’s going to run in the Sussex next.

“Paddington won well at Ascot, so I think you could say Hi Royal improved from Newmarket to Ireland, he’s getting better and better with each run.

“Goodwood should be interesting.”

The same owner saw his silks carried to glory in the French 2000 Guineas by Marhaba Ya Sanafi, who beat Isaac Shelby at ParisLongchamp before stepping up in trip for the French Derby.

He once again ran with great credit at Chantilly, finishing third behind arguably France’s two best three-year-olds, Ace Impact and Big Rock.

“Marhaba Ya Sanafi won the French Guineas and then stepped up in trip for their Derby,” said Robinson.

“I think he stayed the trip there, you couldn’t really say he didn’t.

“He could come back to a mile if the trainer (Andreas Schutz) wanted, but I think he got 10 furlongs well so he’s got options.

“It will be up to the trainer where he goes but the French Derby winner did look very impressive that day, I was very impressed with him.”