The Sussex Stakes
What You Need to Know
- The Sussex Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race that takes at Goodwood Racecourse on the 29th of July 2015.
- The race is held on the second day of the Glorious Goodwood festival of racing and has grown to become one of the big highlights of the annual meet
- The Sussex Stakes is just one mile long, and specialist 'milers' to have won it in the past include Frankel and Rock of Gibraltar.
- The big favourite for the 2015 race is Gleneagles, though he will face tough competition from fellow top miler Solow
- Getting to Goodwood is easy, whether it's by car or by public transport. Tickets for the Sussex Stakes are usually available right until the second day of the festival, but you should book well in advance if you want good seats in the best enclosures.
- As well as being hugely popular with the passionate Goodwood crowds, it's also a big deal for the bookies as fans around the world bet on the action
- If you want to have a flutter on the Sussex Stakes, you should open an online betting account. This way you get to enjoy the widest selection of odds, plus you can take advantage of some fantastic special offers, including cashback on your bets.
- Before you make a bet, be sure to check out the results of the same season's Royal Ascot. More than a dozen of the most recent Sussex Stakes winners also placed in the top four at Ascot.
A Quick Overview
The Sussex Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race that takes place during the Glorious Goodwood festival of racing, held each year in late July or early August.
The race has grown to become one of the most popular races with the Goodwood crowds, plus it's also hugely popular with global TV viewers and sports betting fans, especially since online betting has made placing a wager on the Sussex Stakes so quick and easy.
History of the Sussex Stakes
An early version of what is now the Sussex Stakes was first held in 1841, with the event only open to two-year-old horses. Over the first few years, however, the race was badly-organised and often quite farcical, with the event uncontested on 25 separate occasions.
Over the years, the Sussex Stakes has grown in popularity and prestige. In 1960, the field was extended to include four-year-old horses and then in 1975, it was extended further still to allow horses aged five and above to compete.
The Race Today
Today, the Sussex Stakes is held on the second of the five days of Glorious Goodwood, and is by some distance one of the biggest events of the whole festival.
The race sees horses aged three-years and above tackle a right-handed turf course of exactly one mile in length, making it one of the quickest of all the Goodwood races. In fact, the action is usually over in just 1 minute 40 seconds!
The purse of around £300,000, with around £170,000 going to the winner, ensure that the standard of runners is consistently high, making it even more exciting for spectators and sports betting fans.
The 2015 Sussex Stakes: All the Runners and the Latest Odds
At exactly just one mile long and featuring the finest 'milers' around, the Sussex Stakes is easily one of the most exciting events on the British racing calendar. And 2015 looks like it might be the most thrilling in recent years.
All eyes will be on Gleneagles, the odds-on favourite to win the race outright. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, the specialist miler has already won the English and the Irish 2,000 Guineas and romped to an early victory in the prestigious St James's Palace Stakes, so he will definitely be the one to beat at Goodwood.
The biggest challenge to Gleneagles will surely come from Solow. Trained by the Frenchman Freddy Head, he travels to Goodwood after an eight consecutive win, having recently proven his credentials with victory in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.
In all, 21 horses have been entered to run in the 2015 Sussex Stakes. Here are the leading names, along with the latest odds being offered on them winning the race outright. Remember that the odds may fluctuate as the race gets nearer, so be sure to choose the right moment to put your money down if you do fancy having a flutter on the action.
- Gleneagles 8/11
- Solow 13/8
- Night of Thunder 12/1
- Dutch Connection 12/1
- Toormore 14/1
- Cougar Mountain 14/1
- Arod 16/1
- Integral 16/1
- Lucida 20/1
- Estidhkaar 20/1
- Ivawood 25/1
- Belardo 33/1
- Bossy Guest 33/1
Getting to the Race
If you want to watch the Sussex Stakes in person, then you will need to either get a ticket for the second day of Glorious Goodwood or a pass for the whole of the festival. Tickets are usually available right up until the day of the big race, though if you want to sit in the popular Gordon Enclosure or the Lennox Enclosure, you should try and book as far in advance as possible.
So, how do you get to the famous Goodwood Racecourse?
- If you're driving, then Goodwood is located just outside Chichester, around 60 miles from London and 30 miles from Brighton. Use the postcode PO18 0PX to get there using a SatNav system.
- By train, regular services connect London, Brighton and Portsmouth with Chichester. Once you get to Chichester station, regular buses or taxis will take you straight to the racecourse. Visit the official Goodwood website for more information about getting to the races.
Betting on the Sussex Stakes
As the highlight of the second day of Glorious Goodwood, the Sussex Stakes is very popular with sports betting fans. Even if you can't make it to Goodwood in person, betting on the action could not be simpler.
For the best selection of bets and the most-competitive odds, you should open an online sports betting account. Check out this guide to the best sports betting sites out there and take advantage of some fantastic introductory offers such as earning up to £200 cashback on your first bets.
Of course, there is no such thing as a 'sure thing' in horse racing, but a little knowledge can go a long way in improving your chances of beating the bookie. So, before putting down money on the Sussex Stakes, be sure to read up on the recent form of the runners, as well as the weather conditions for the big day. You may also want to remember the following bits of useful betting information:
- The big names and favourites often do well in the Sussex Stakes, so consider backing them, even if they don't offer the best odds. Frankel and Rock of Gibraltar both won after going into the race as the firm favourite.
- Lookout for horses than excel over this distance. 'Milers' stand an excellent chance to doing well, even if they may not be tipped as the favourites by the bookies.
- Check out the results of the same season's Royal Ascot. More than a dozen of the most recent Sussex Stakes winners also placed in the top four at Ascot.
- The race also favours horses that are on form and are not coming back from a rest period. In fact, almost all past winners had raced in the two months leading up to the Sussex Stakes, with most winning at least one earlier event.
Facts and Records
Again, the Sussex Stakes is one of the most popular events in the British racing calendar, and with good reason. It's fast, furious and has produced more than its fair share of top legends and records over the years. Here are just a few facts from the fascinating history of this great race:
- Frankel is the only horse to have won the Sussex Stakes more than once. The thoroughbred raced to victory in 2011 and then again in 2012.
- Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil holds the record for training the most Sussex Stakes winners. The Knight of the Realm has trained seven winners over the course of 40 years.
- No jockey is ever likely to match Sir Gordon Richards' record in the Sussex Stakes. The racing legend rode an incredible eight winners between 1928 and 1952.
- Khalid Abdullah is by far the most successful owner in the history of the race. His stables have produced six winners, including Frankel, over the years.
- Unlike some big races that were moved to smaller courses during the war years, the Sussex Stakes was completely cancelled between 1915 and 1980 and then again between 1940 and 1945.
- We take a closer look at some of the other big races at the festival including the Artemis Goodwood Cup, the Nassau Stakes, and the Stewards' Cup.
- To stand a good chance of placing a winning bet on the Sussex Stakes or any other race, you need to know as much about the runners and their form as possible. Check out the Racing Post for all the information you need to make a smart bet.
- Before you put any money down, you should be sure you know all about things like odds and the different types of bet you can make. Check out our guide showing you how to bet on horses and get off to a winning start.