Sussex Stakes Betting Odds Comparison - Goodwood

28/07/2021 15:35:00

The Sussex Stakes is arguably the biggest race of the 2021 Glorious Goodwood meeting, with this being a Group 1 encounter which is run over the distance of a stiff mile and there is prize money of over £500,000 for the winner of a race which forms part of the British Champions Series.

Some of the leading flat one-milers in the world will be lining up on 28 July 2021, with a maximum of twenty runners competing for the money and it’s interesting to see the horse racing betting sites and the Glorious Goodwood betting odds that are being offered.

Palace Pier Strong Betting Favourite for Sussex Stakes 2021

Palace Pier is the market leader to win the 2021 Sussex Stakes and John Gosden should have his ducks in a row when it comes to preparing the four-year-old for this race, with the runner having already recorded two victories this season and he’s sure to go off favourite for this clash.

Palace Pier will go into the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot before taking his place at Glorious Goodwood and there was a facile victory in the bet365 Mile before landing the spoils in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes and it will be interesting to see what odds he has for this clash.

Who Can Beat Palace Pier at Goodwood?

Aidan O’Brien is likely to be mob-handed when it comes to Glorious Goodwood and that includes the 2021 Sussex Stakes racecard, with St Mark’s Basilica regarded as the leading light for the Coolmore stable and there could be a tasty each-way betting price about the three-year-old who could be open to big improvement.

At the time of writing, this horse boasts a three-race unbeaten run and there was a 10/1 victory in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes which has been followed by two victories in France this season, with Group 1 victories at Longchamp and Chantilly this term illustrating that he could be stiff competition for Palace Pier.

O’Brien also has some quality in the form of Order Of Australia and Joan Of Arc who are not necessarily second string from this particular stable and the former will set up in the Queen Anne Stakes before kicking on to this race.

Similarly, Joan Of Arc has a series of multiple entries including the Sussex Stakes and she might come into the race off the back of a win in the Ascot Coronation Stakes, although O’Brien is sure to have a few lively chances.


The Glorious Festival at Goodwood Racecourse is also known as Glorious Goodwood and the 2019 meeting promises to be something special. There are several high-profile races taking place during the five-day meeting and three of them are Group 1 encounters.

The first Group 1 Flat horse race at the 2019 Glorious Goodwood meeting is the Sussex Stakes, with this encounter taking place on the Wednesday or Day Two of the Festival. It’s a race for horses who are aged three and over, with the distance of the race being one mile.

In the past two years, the Sussex Stakes has been won by seven-year-olds. Lightning Spear was victorious in the 2018 renewal, with trainer David Simcock landing his first winner in this race, with Oisin Murphy on board the winner.

In 2017, Here Comes When landed the spoils for trainer Andrew Balding, with jockey Jim Crowley enjoying his first success in this hotly competitive race, with the runners and riders assembling for the 2019 renewal.

At the time of writing, Too Darn Hot is trading as the 5/4 favourite to win the 2019 Sussex Stakes, with the John Gosden-trained charge potentially trading at an even shorter price if the horse makes it to post without any hiccups.

The three-year-old was without a victory after his first three outings this year, although Frankie Dettori was on board when he won the recent Qatar Prix Jean Prat, with the Italian jockey likely to be given the ride for this particular encounter.

Too Darn Hot also ran at Royal Ascot and produced a creditable performance in the St James’s Palace Stakes when finishing third in a competitive field. Having been sent off as the 2/1 favourite, the horse was simply outpaced by two others in the field, although that win in France demonstrated that he’ll be tough to beat at Goodwood.

The horse that won the St James’s Palace Stakes was Circus Maximus, with the Aidan O’Brien trained charge landing the spoils under Ryan Moore and there are some bookmakers who have priced up the three-year-old for the Sussex Stakes.

However, you would have to argue that the Ascot winner is unlikely to be seen at Goodwood considering that he would need to be supplemented for the race and his targets are likely to lie elsewhere considering the various options that are on the table.

The horse currently entered into the 2019 Sussex Stakes who could give Too Darn Hot the biggest challenge is Phoenix of Spain, with the runner trained by the little-known Charles Hills who has sent his horse out in two races so far this year.

The three-year-old produced a shock in the Irish 2000 Guineas in May when obliging at odds of 16/1 and it should be noted that one of the other horses in the race at The Curragh that day was Too Darn Hot who was only able to finish second as the 6/4 joint-favourite.

Phoenix of Spain then ran in the St James’s Palace Stakes and could only manage sixth place, although the trainer is now likely to prime him for a big run on the rolling downs of Goodwood and he could go close.

Lord Glitters is a Royal Ascot winner that is entered for the 2019 Sussex Stakes, with the six-year-old fitting the trend of older horses winning the race on the past two renewals, with trainer David O’Meara hoping this continues in July.

It was Lord Glitters who was the first winner at Royal Ascot 2019 when winning the Queen Anne Stakes at odds of 14/1, with that race over the same distance of one mile and it was also on good ground which is likely to be the case in the Sussex Stakes.

At the time of writing, there are twenty horses entered in the Sussex Stakes, with Romanised and Veracious coming next in the betting. The former is yet to land a win from his three starts this year, although he ran a creditable fourth place in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Previously to this, he ran into the same position in the Lockinge Stakes which was won by Mustashry, with Veracious a recent winner at Newmarket during the July meeting which saw the four-year-old win the Falmouth Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute will now look to follow this up with an elaborate double, with the horse having ran into fourth place in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot when that particular race was won by Move Swiftly.