The young pretender Kingman and last year’s victor Toronado clash in duel on the Downs in the Sussex Stakes
In what looks to be a mouthwatering third edition of the Duel On The Downs, the three-year-old Kingman carries the banner for his generation against the older established talent of Toronado. Twelve months ago Hannon’s Toronado got the better of the 2013 Guineas winner Dawn Approach on the run in to seal his status as a top miler. This year he comes to the race off a good win in the Group One Lockinge at Newbury, but faces a much stiffer rival in the exceptionally talented Kingman.
There are not enough superlatives to describe Gosden’s colt’s blistering turn of foot. If Kingman deploys that weapon today it is hard to see him beaten even with the established talent that is Toronado in the field. The two mighty rivals have scared off most of the opposition with only O’Brien’s Darwin and Godolphin’s Outstrip standing their ground. However, it is hard to see Darwin or Outstrip getting in the way of this duel.
Over in Galway Dermot Weld has now notched up three winners in the first two days of the meeting, but does not have a chance in the Galway Plate on day three. The Plate is dominated by seven if not eight JP McManus runners, but still may go the way of the Irish National second Golden Wonder or the talented Road To Riches.
Expect Weld to pick a few races across the rest of the card with strong chances that include Tandem (3.00), Whitey O’Gwaun (4.45), Sarafiyla (6.40) and Brooch (7.10)
CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – KINGMAN (SUSSEX STAKES 3.05)
Unlucky to not come to this contest unbeaten. This colt has an exceptional turn of foot as displayed at Royal Ascot. The best miler in training if not the best horse. Kingman is certain to cement his reputation in this fascinating duel between the generations.
CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LIEUTENANT MILLER E/W (1.55)
Henderson’s stayer is a stable in these kinds of marathon contests. Just beaten by half a length last year in this race in what looked a deeper field expect him to perform well again today. The booking of Ryan Moore is also noteworthy.
Crockford’s Gambles on day two of Glorious Goodwood and day three of the Galway Festival:
Glorious Goodwood – Sohar e/w (1.55), Somewhat (2.30), Highland Reel (3.40), Avenue Du Monde e/w (4.15), Principle Equation e/w and Patterned e/w (4.50) and Bravo Echo e/w (5.25)
Galway Festival – Tandem (3.00), Beach of Falesa (3.35), Greatness (4.10), Whitey O’Gwaun (4.45), Golden Wonder e/w and Road To Riches e/w (Galway Plate 5.30), Moonbi Creek (6.05), Sarafiyla (6.40) and Brooch (7.10)
(Featured Photograph – Toronado in the 2013 Sussex Stakes by Stuart Rice)