The Duel on the Downs between Dawn Approach and Toronado will take place in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this afternoon
Arguably the highlight of the Summer so far the much touted Duel on the Downs will take place at Glorious Goodwood at (3.05). Toronado has been beaten twice by Dawn Approach; once in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and then again at Royal Ascot. Their clash at the Royal meeting in the St James’s Palace Stakes was a much closer match that suggested that when they meet again on the Downs later we can expect an epic battle. The connections of Toronado are confident of their chances of reversing the placings with Jim Bolger’s Dawn Approach having been unlucky in running at Ascot. However, punters must remember that the race was come-back mission for Bolger’s colt after his disaster in the Derby and the significance of that performance can not be underestimated . Even though the battle this afternoon has been promoted as a duel it is far from that with the overlooked older horse Declaration Of War posing a real threat to the classy three-year-olds. He may not finish in the first two but he is certain to give the pair something to think about. All things considered surely Dawn Approach will be victorious again in the contest given that he will have his favourite pacemaker available to help him settle.
The Vintage Stakes as a renewal lives up to its name at (3.40). Parbold is highly regarded and has been impressive in both starts so far only being beaten by the mighty War Command in the Coventry Stakes. The main danger to him will come from Godolphin’s Outstrip won ran on strongly to win at Newmarket and from Richard Hannon’s highly regarded Toormore.
In what looks a weak Gordon Stakes (2.30) the form line that ties Cap O’Rushes to the Irish Derby winner Trading Leather would appear to be the key to the race. The marathon contest that starts the card at (1.55) will probably be fought out by those who would be normally considered National Hunt trainers, with Nicky Henderson’s Lieutenant Miller being the likely winner. The change in the ground and distance will also suit First Avenue.
Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes after winning the first race of Glorious Goodwood yesterday look well placed to add to their tally with the juvenile Autumn Sunrise (4.15) and handicapper Magic City in the last (5.25).
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Dawn Approach (Glorious Goodwood – Sussex Stakes 3.05)
Unbeaten as a two-year-old and an emphatic winner of the 2000 Guineas, if he had not ran as he did in the Derby he would certainly be a short priced odds on favourite for this. His narrow victory at Ascot showed how game he can be. If he settles today and handles the course he is simply a cut above the rest and is unbeatable.
Crockford’s Whisper – Johannes e/w (Glorious Goodwood 5.25)
Twice a course winner at a shorter trip Johannes is a very interesting runner in the final race on the card today. One would normally of expected to see him in one of the two sprints on Saturday where he has had notable success in previous seasons. The fact he races here is a massive whisper in itself. Priced at around 20/1 he is excellent each way value for at least a place.
Crockford’s Glorious Goodwood Gambles on Day Two of the Festival:
Lieutenant Miller e/w and First Avenue e/w (1.55), Cap O’Rushes (2.30), Dawn Approach (Sussex Stakes 3.05), Parbold (3.40), Autumn Sunrise (4.15), Ribbons (4.50), Magic City, Johannes e/w and Brave Echo e/w (5.25)
(Featured Photograph – Dawn Approach before the Derby by Stuart Rice)