This is because the top-rated horse in the world, the imperious Frankel, will once again put his unbeaten career record on the line and punters and bookmakers alike are only predicting one thing – another easy Frankel victory.
The ease of which Frankel should win will be identified by his odds he is likely to go off at. Sir Henry Cecil’s wonder horse will trade around the 1/16 mark, which means any punters who like buying money will need to put down £16 to win just £1.
If ever there was a race to watch rather than bet on, the Sussex Stakes is certainly that race.
The only way the everyday working man will be able to make a few quid could be punting on how far Frankel will win by. For his last four races the four-year-old has always won by further than the odds suggested, culminating in an 11 length victory at Royal Ascot last month. This is a horse that has the ability to blow opposition away in a bling of an eye and jockey Tome Queally likes to ride the horse out all the way to the line, therefore backing Frankel to win by a huge distance could be a wise punting.
Frankel, known as the freak, is a horse of a lifetime. What he has achieved thus far in his career has been utterly mesmerising.
Last year Frankel established himself as racing’s top miler in the world by landing the 2000 Guineas, St James Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes, where he crushed Canford Cliffs by five lengths in what was being billed as the Dual on the Downs but turned into a one horse race. He has continued his unbeaten career run this season, in perhaps greater style than last year.
He landed his 11th win from 11 starts when putting in one of the greatest performances of all-time in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Frankel, who went off a 1/12 shot, annihilated a top-class field by 11 lengths in a style that left many racing fans dumbstruck. His ability to travel at such ferocious speed is remarkable and not only that when Queally asks Frankel to quicken he responds by increasing the tempo to pull clear of any Group One field.
Such is his superiority in this division, other trainers are seemingly not bothering entering their horse against the imperious beast. His only real rival for the Sussex Stakes will be the Godolphin trained Farrh, who is a top-class horse and is untested at the mile trip, but he will need to improve by 10 lengths to get anywhere near Frankel, if Cecil’s horse runs anywhere near his best.
He is an 8/1 at this stage but the only support he will get from punters will be in the each-way market, where he looks a shoo-in to finish behind Frankel.
Hard-hitting trainer Aidan O’Brien had the option of running Power, Ishvana or Reply but has failed to declare any runners meaning he will not be represented in the race whilst Goodwood’s leading trainer of the last few years Richard Hannon has also pulled out Strong Suit from taking on Frankel.
The other two runners taking on the beast will be Gabriel, trained by Richard Fahey, and Frankel’s pacemaker Bullet Train.
This is being billed as the spectacle of a fantastic week at Goodwood, with the appearance of Frankel likely to increase the spectators by 5,000 people.
He is the David Beckham, the Roger Federer and Tiger Woods rolled into one of the racing world, and guess what?
He’s going to win again, and win very well indeed.