Guineas winners and international stars headline entries for G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes

Horse Racing | Press Article 17/04/24

Star names from across Europe and further afield feature among 42 entries for the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday, August 2.

With a prize fund of £1 million, Europe’s premier all-aged mile contest is the richest race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival and forms part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

A fascinating clash of the generations is in prospect, with English an Irish 2,000 Guineas winners Chaldean and Paddington entered alongside leading older milers Modern Gamesand Inspiral.

G1 Saudi Cup victor Panthalassa heads two contenders for Yoshito Yahagi, with the six-year-old set to run in Europe over the summer. Stable-mate Bathrat Leon, who was also successful on the Saudi Cup card, could make his second appearance in the Qatar Sussex Stakes after finishing fourth behind Baaeed last year.

High-profile entries yet to race this season include Joseph O’Brien’s Al Riffa, who was last seen out capturing the G1 National Stakes in September, and Sir Michael Stoute’s G1 Dewhurst Stakes third Nostrum.

Ed Arkell, Director of Racing at Goodwood, said: “We are delighted with the entries for the Qatar Sussex Stakes. As always, the first all-aged Group One mile race in Europe has drawn an incredibly strong entry from Britain, Ireland and France.

“The international importance of the meeting is underlined with two Japanese entries in the shape of multiple Group One winner Panthalassa and Bathrat Leon, who ran so well last year.

“We are hugely grateful to owners and trainers for supporting the race once again.”

There is a scratchings deadline for the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Tuesday, July 11, with the six-day confirmation and £70,000 supplementary entry stage following on Thursday, July 27.

Entries for the other G1 contests at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the £500,000 Qatar Goodwood Cup and the £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes will be revealed on Tuesday, June 27.

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