With events at Glorious Goodwood now just a matter of weeks away, a total of 31 top horses remain in contention for a place in the showcase event in Sussex, the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Expectation is certainly mounting in the build up to this race, along with a number of others, with this year’s field looking set to be one of the most competitive in recent history.
It is hardly surprising that such a large number of names still remain in the potential line up for the Group 1 race, with the renewal of the mile-long contest set to be worth over £1million this time around. The race takes place on July 27th, and with quality throughout the field, it is proving difficult for bookmakers and punters alike to select their favourites. Bookmakers Coral have all the news in the build up to the race, with recent 2000 Guineas winner at Newmarket, Galileo Gold currently the favourite at 7/4 in the horse racing betting odds.
With classic winners throughout the field, Aidan O’Brien trained duo Minding and The Gurkha will certainly be among the favourites with the bookmakers, alongside Awtaad and Jet setting, who are trained by Kevin Prendergast and Adrian Keatley respectively. With such young horses set to give their more experienced competitors a run for their money, it could well be a clash of the generations come race day. For all the horse racing tips in the build up to the race, head to Coral, where The Gurkha, Awtaad and Minding are given respective odds of 9/4, 8/1 and 10/1 in the horse racing betting odds. Such a quality field alongside the famous Glorious Goodwood is certainly a great combination for race goers to look forward to.
With little to separate these names over the past year, conditions in Surrey could well play a significant role in deciding the winner in just a few weeks’ time. Al Shaqab Racing’s Galileo Gold landed the opening British Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, before being beaten in the Irish equivalent by Awtaad. However, the duo again found themselves up against each other in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Galileo Gold once again came out on top ahead of Awtaad in third place.
However, with Minding holding strong claims as being the best three-year-old in the whole of Europe currently, after classic wins in both the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks as well as a victory over her elders in the Pretty Polly Stakes, her odds are certainly reflected in the betting odds from Coral.
Aidan O’Brien still has a decision to make regarding which race Minding will feature in however, with the three-year-old also among the fillies in contention for the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes. The race is staged over nearly 10 furlongs on the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, and could well be the preferred option for O’Brien.
Minding’s stablemate Even Song is also under consideration for the race, with this year’s event proving to be the richest of its kind in Europe, with a total prize money of £600,000 on offer. Even Song came out victorious in the recent Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, and along with Arabian Queen, is one of only two horses to defeat the great Golden Horn when successful in the Juddmonte International at York last season.