Sussex Stakes Runners: Confirmed Runners and Racecard

Siskin is a leading player in the Sussex Stakes.
Siskin is a leading player in the Sussex Stakes.

We take an in-depth look at all the runners for the 2020 Sussex Stakes, which will take place on day two of Glorious Goodwood...

1. Circus Maximus (Ryan Moore/Aidan O'Brien)

A multiple Group 1 winner, who was last seen battling to victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old was a creditable second behind Too Darn Hot in the 2019 Sussex Stakes, and shaped like he had improved when bounding to victory in the aforementioned Queen Anne. Will have to give weight away to a host of top-class three-year-olds in this contest, but is the proven class act of the field and is the one they all have to beat.

2. Mohaather (Jim Crowley/Marcus Tregoning)

A dual Group 3 and Group 2 winner, who was luckless in defeat behind Circus Maximus in the Queen Anne Stakes last month. Travelling smoothly for Jim Crowley, the four-year-old was unable to find a clear run at the business end of the Royal Ascot contest, but made amends next time out when serenely cruising to victory in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot. Now making a swift return to the track, the son of Showcasing will be bidding for a first win at the highest level, and connections will be hoping he can gain a smooth run through the contest.

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3. San Donato (Andrea Atzeni/Roger Varian)

A prolific winner as a juvenile, San Donato has rarely been seen on a racecourse since his two-year-old days, with his sole run as a three-year-old coming in the French 2000 Guineas, where he finished third. Another year off the track halted his progression, but he returned last month with a creditable second behind Moohather in the Summer Mile at Ascot, and while he has form to reverse with that contender, he should improve immeasurably for the run, and is a fascinating outsider in this Group 1 contest.

4. Kameko (Oisin Murphy/Andrew Balding)

A Group 1 winner at two, Kameko kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a thoroughly impressive victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, and the Andrew Balding-trained raider will be one of the star three-year-olds lining up on Wednesday. Sent to the Derby at Epsom on his last start, he was unable to land a blow over the longer distance of 1m 4f, as he could only finish fourth.  A drop back to one mile for this Sussex Stakes should prove ideal for the son of Kitten's Joy and he will be one of the leading players here.

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5. Siskin (Colin Keane/Ger Lyons)

Five wins from five career runs has catapulted Siskin to the top of the three-year-old division, and the Ger Lyons-trained Irish raider puts his unbeaten record on the line in his toughest race to date. A Group 1-winning juvenile, Siskin was hugely impressive in his comeback run as he stormed to victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh last month, and like Kameko will be in receipt of a significant weight pull from his older rivals. A colt that oozes class, and is rightly challenging for favouritism.

6. Vatican City (William Buick/Aidan O'Brien)

With only a maiden victory to his name after four starts, Vatican City has his work cut out against some proven top-notch rivals. However, he put up a fine career best when chasing home Siskin in the aforementioned Irish 2000 Guineas, and a repeat of that will see him play a primary role again. He was unable to land a blow when eighth in the Derby at Epsom earlier this month, but like Kameko will relish the drop back in trip and still has potential to shine over one mile.

7. Wichita (Frankie Dettori/Aidan O'Brien)

A Group 3-winning juvenile, who chased home Kameko in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season. That second was a career best for the Aidan O'Brien-trained son of No Nay Never, while he wasn't disgraced when third behind Palace Pier in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. Has to improve to feature here, but has been a model of consistency this season, so if the fancied runners disappoint then he could be there to pick up the pieces.

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