Lennox Stakes Tips: Sandrine the value play against the classy favourite

A strong field line up for the Group 2 Lennox Stakes
A strong field line up for the Group 2 Lennox Stakes

We are set for a thrilling renewal of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes on day one of Glorious Goodwood as Kinross attempts to retain his crown on Tuesday, but Ralph Beckett's charge will face some lively opposition with the William Haggas-trained Sacred heading the betting for the 7f event. Our man Steve Chambers previews the race here and picks out his best bet for the contest...

A fine winner of the Group 3 Nell Gwyn and Group 2 Hungerford Stakes last season, Sacred produced an excellent run on her seasonal reappearance at Royal Ascot, as she was a fine fifth in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, and stepping back up to seven furlongs here, the Haggas-trained four-year-old is a warm order to score here. A best-priced 2/1, at the time of writing, Sacred will enjoy the drop back from Group 1 to Group 2 company, and having claimed that Hungerford success over seven furlongs then the daughter of Exceed And Excel certainly sets the standard. Unbeaten over seven furlongs, Sacred will look to make it three wins from three over the distance just shy of a mile, and if she can build on that fine run at Royal Ascot then the Haggas charge will be very tough to beat.

There have been a few dual winners of this race down the years with Nayyir and Sir Dancealot both tasting a brace of victories and last season's winner Kinross is looking to join that elite group of horses by retaining a title he won in fine fashion last season. A neck winner over subsequent Group 1 winner Creative Force last season in the Lennox, Kinross is a 7/1 chance to land the prize again, but he was beaten by the aforementioned Sacred at Royal Ascot, as Kinross could only finish eighth in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, so will need more to reverse the form here.

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Charles Hills trained Dutch Connection to victory in this race back in 2016 and he will attempt to claim more silverware on Tuesday with the 9/2 second favourite Pogo, who heads to the Sussex Downs in tremendous form. A Group 3 win in the John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock Park was followed by a Group 3 win in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, but this is a lot tougher than those outings, and he could just find it tough to deliver the goods at Group 2 level.

A classy juvenile that won the Gimcrack at as a two-year-old, Richard Hannon's Lusail has put up some decent efforts in defeat this season, and having finished a creditable sixth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Mehmas colt then finished a fine second in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Third in the Prix Jean Prat last time out, Lusail is a fascinating contender here that will enjoy the drop back to Group 2 company, and at 5/1 looks to be a leading rival to the favourite.

Roger Varian's Laneqash returned to winning ways at Chester last time out, but the 10/1 chance finished last of sixth in the Criterion Stakes last time out, so will need to improve significantly on that to figure here. One that could outrun its price is the 16/1 shot Sandrine, who will receive weight from all her rivals, and if the three-year-old filly can show her best then she could be value from each-way perspective. A former winner of the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, SANDRINE was last seen finishing an excellent third in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, and with the drop back to seven furlongs likely to play in her favour then she could well land a blow here.

Of the others, Gubbass (16/1) is the second shot fired by the Hannon camp, but he was third in Listed company last time out, so will find this tough, while Ever Given (20/1) is another that could be outclassed her, with former dual winner Sir Dancealot (66/1) not at the level he was when winning this prize earlier in his career.

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