Racing fans are in for a treat today as Kameko and Siskin, winners of the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas respectively, will clash at Goodwood in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.
Kameko returns to a mile having last been seen finishing fourth behind Serpentine in the Derby, while the Ger Lyons-trained Siskin is making his first start since capturing the Irish 2,000 Guineas in authoritative fashion last month.
Wichita, who was second to Kameko in the 2,000 Guineas, is one of three horses for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore partners in the contest alongside Queen Anne Stakes scorer Circus Maximus and Vatican City.
Mohaather impressed at Ascot earlier this month when an impressive three and three-quarter length winner of the Group 2 Summer Mile Stakes, a performance that left the four-year-old’s trainer Marcus Tregoning delighted.
Speaking to QIPCO British Champions Series, Tregoning said: “I don’t think we could have Mohaather any better and he deserves a crack at it. He took his race in the Summer Mile very well and was back cantering the next day.
“He went through the gears well last time and Dane [O’Neill] gave him just the one tap. If he’d given two or three, then he would have probably won by six lengths. It was a good exercise as it proved he got the mile well and it gave us an indication that we are good enough to have a go.
“I don’t see why he won’t handle the track because he’s a neat horse who travels well and has plenty of speed. Hopefully he’s going to run a big race. This horse has an electric turn of speed.
“If they go no pace, they go no pace. He has got enough speed to win over six furlongs, as I’ve always said. It didn’t work out for us at Royal Ascot but that’s racing, it can happen, and we just draw a line under that and move on. The horse has done nothing wrong this year and we are there to win if we are good enough.”
Completing the Sussex Stakes field is the Roger Varian-trained San Donato, who will be trying to reverse the form with Mohaather from the Summer Mile.
Also at Goodwood today is the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes and the Varian-trained Sardinia Sunset will be looking to follow up her success in the Listed Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York earlier this month.
Rest of today’s action
The Galway Plate is the feature race in Ireland today and the Gordon Elliott-trained Galvin is the favourite for the 2m6f½f contest.
Galvin was last seen at Killarney earlier this month when he was a very easy 22-length winner of a 2m5f chase under jockey Davy Russell, who will once again be partnering the six-year-old.
There is also jump racing from Bangor-on-Dee and a Flat meeting from Thirsk today.