Sussex Stakes Odds: Siskin a narrow favourite in the feature

Siskin was a game winner of last month's Irish 2000 Guineas.
Siskin was a game winner of last month's Irish 2000 Guineas.

Siskin is the current favourite for Wednesday's Sussex Stakes, which is shaping up into a race to savour for punters...

The three-year-old was Ger Lyons' first ever classic winner when impressing in last month's Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh, deserving extra credit for overcoming traffic problems in the closing stages before winning with something in hand. He arrives at Goodwood unbeaten in five starts, and bearing in mind that he will receive 8 lb from his older rivals, it's no surprise to see him sit prominently in the market for the Sussex - and he's the current 9/4 favourite for the Group 1 contest.

Standing in his way is the 2000 Guineas winner Kameko, who is a 7/2 third favourite at the time of writing. He could only finish fourth in the Epsom Derby at the beginning of the month, but he was stretched by the trip that day, and he's a force to be reckoned with now dropped back to a mile - in what will be a mouth-watering clash between two Guineas winners. 

The English Guineas runner-up Wichita can't be discounted, either. He's a 17/2 chance, and followed that Newmarket run up by finishing third in last month's St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot. He could be the main pace angle here, and would be dangerous if allowed too much rope up front - particularly when you consider that he's closely matched with Kameko on form.

The older horses are led by Circus Maximus, who won last month's Queen Anne Stakes. He is perhaps over-priced at 7/1, though he will need to confirm that Ascot form with the luckless Mohaather, while this will be a tough task bearing in mind that he has to concede 8 lb to his younger rivals.

Mohaather will also have to concede weight to the three-year-olds, but he's a lot more prominent in the market as a 5/2 second favourite, courtesy of an impressive victory in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot last time out - when he had the re-opposing San Donato (25/1) trailing in his wake. He looks a Group 1 performer in the making, and is an interesting alternative to the classic generation.

Lastly, the field is completed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Vatican City (14/1). He's bred in the purple as a full-brother to the dual Guineas winner Gleneagles, and if you discount his run in the Epsom Derby - when he failed to get into things - he wouldn't be completely without a chance on his effort to finish second in the Irish 2000 Guineas on his previous outing. 

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