Glorious Goodwood betting: The Gurkha looks the best bet in the Sussex StakesPublished July 26, 2016
Following on from his demolition job in the horse-racing French 2000 Guineas, things haven’t quite gone the way of The Gurkha during his last two runs, but looks set for a massive say in the 3.10pm Qatar Sussex Stakes for the in-form Aidan O’Brien. Highland Reel landed the King George for O’Brien and Ballydoyle on Saturday and at odds of 5/2, The Gurkha can make it a famous double on the Sussex Downs.
Three starts back The Gurkha lit up Chantilly with a sensational and dominant performance in the French Guineas and from there, people were touting him as the next big thing; even suggesting him as a potential Derby horse. Next time out at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes, it was a case of too little too late as Ryan Moore left the three-year-old with plenty of work to do in coming from quite far back. Galileo Gold got first run on his rival and that was that.
Connections then saw fit to step The Gurkha up in trip for the Coral Eclipse where he went off at 4/6f and once again he ran a cracker to be second, but although he competed well it seemed the trip was a bit too far for him. It is interesting that connections seem to agree, with an immediate step back to the eight furlong distance for the Sussex Stakes, which is set to be a mouth-watering clash as he takes on Galileo Gold again.
Also in contention for the Group 1 feature on day two of Glorious Goodwood is Irish Guineas winner Awtaad. He has to be respected, as does the Richard Fahey trained Jersey Stakes winner Ribchester. The Godolphin runner really looked to come of age at Ascot. He’s an imposing and progressive colt with a lot of ability and he could certainly make his presence felt.
But Ryan Moore will be gunning to make things right for The Gurkha and further cement the colt’s season as a top class three-year-old. He appeared to be a world beater in France, still has very few miles on the clock and is the one they all have to beat.
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