Day two of the Glorious Goodwood meeting and the unstoppable force meets the immoveable object when Frankel and Canford Cliffs meet for the Dual on the Downs. Both horses were victorious in Group 1 races at Royal Ascot but who will prosper on Wednesday?
Sussex Stakes – 3.10pm
Frankel was the subject of massive hype going into the Royal Ascot meeting and the horse was actually sent off as the 30/100 favourite to win the St James’ Palace Stakes. However, those punters that lumped on the three-year-old were given palpitations as Tom Queally went for home too early and Zoffany was eating away at the lead when the finishing post arrived.
Even so, Frankel is clearly a class act that has not yet been beaten and Henry Cecil is confident that his charge can have the beating of Canford Cliffs, with the bookmakers going 5/6 (Ladbrokes – £30 free bet) that the new knight is proved correct. Even so, the Richard Hannon-trained horse came to life at Goodwood twelve months ago when beating Rip Van Winkle and will be produced late in this race.
The four-year-old has won his last four races and is clearly a better horse than twelve months ago, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering 11/8 that Richard Hughes once again steers it home, with two other horses featuring in the race. While Zoffany would have been considered a viable contender, the horses originally entered have dropped like flies to leave Rajsaman (20/1 Hills) and Rio De La Plata (40/1 Hills) as the only two other runners.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes – 2.35pm
Before the excitement of the ‘Dual on the Downs’ is the Veuve Clicquot Stakes and this is a handy Group 2 renewal which features seven classy horses, most of whom have a lively chance of victory.
Chandlery has the highest rating and a win for the Richard Hannon-trained charge would see a big gamble on Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes, although it should be pointed out that the trainer also has Minal, Red Seventy and Rockinante entered for the seven furlong dash.
Even so, Richard Hughes has chosen to ride Chanderly, with Red Duke also likely to be well backed after victories at Redcar and Newmarket, where the horse touched off Chanderly by a neck.
UBS Stakes – 3.45pm
Twelve horses are entered for this one mile four furlong showdown and this is a race where trainer Mark Johnston has strong claims, with Sadler’s Risk, Halifax, Greyfriars Drummer and The Bells O Peover all running from his stable.
This three-year-old contest looks to be a wide open one and it is worth noting that bottom weight Four Nations is carrying a stone and a half less than Sadler’s Risk, with Argocat also well handicapped and that could make a great deal of difference on this undulating track.