Sussex Stakes

The Sussex Stakes at Goodwood is one of the most prestigious one-mile races in Europe.

The Sussex Stakes takes place on Wednesday 2nd August 2023.

The race often features a clash between Classic winners from England, Ireland and France as they face top older horses for the first time.

The brilliant Frankel became the first horse in history to win the race twice in 2011-212.

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Sussex Stakes

Sussex Stakes – Race Overview

The Sussex Stakes is held on the second day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting in late July.

The Goodwood mile can be tricky for horses who like to come from off the pace but there is usually a small field for this Group 1 contest.

The race became an all-aged contest in 1975 but three-year-olds have remained the dominant age group.

Famous Sussex Stakes Winners & History

The Sussex Stakes was originally run as a two-year-old race over six furlongs in 1841. It was changed to a mile race for three-year-olds in 1878 and was opened to four-year-olds in 1960.

It is one of the first Group 1 contests of the season which provides the opportunity to compare the Classic generation with their elders.

When the race was restricted to three-year-olds winners included Petite Etoile (1959) and Brigadier Gerard (1971). Petite Etoile won all six stars in her Classic season including the 1000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks. The grey filly went on to win the Coronation Cup in 1960 and 1961. Brigadier Gerard was only beaten once in 18 career starts and his victories included The Champion Stakes (1971, 1972) and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1972).

Other Classic winners to enjoy success here include Wollow (1976), Posse (1980) and Sayyedati (1995).

Aidan O’Brien won the race with Giant’s Causeway (2000), popularly known as “The Iron Horse” for his battling qualities. O’Brien’s Rock Of Gibraltar won in 2002 in the process of winning seven consecutive Group 1 races.

The 2011 Sussex Stakes was billed as “The Duel on the Downs” with Frankel set to meet leading older horse Canford Cliffs. Frankel won easily with his rival suffering a career-ending injury but was impressive enough to be officially rated the best racehorse in the world. He returned for a repeat win in 2012, this time unopposed as the 1-20 favourite. Frankel retired after winning the Champion Stakes with an unblemished record of 14 victories.

Key Sussex Stakes Trials

Royal Ascot often holds the key to the outcome of the Sussex Stakes, specifically the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes. Seven of the last twelve winners ran in one of those races on their previous outing.

This race is usually the first consideration for winners of both Ascot races as it is a chance to stake a claim to be the best all-aged miler in Europe.

2019 winner Too Darn Hot had finished third in the St James’s Palace before winning the Prix Jean Prat impressively at Deauville.

The Gurkha (2016) was an unlucky second in the St James’s Palace and then finished runner-up in the Eclipse before winning here.

Lightning Spear (2018) had finished third in the Queen Anne, a race in which Mohaather (2020) had put in an eye-catching run prior to an impressive victory in the Summer Mile over course and distance.

Sussex Stakes Betting Trends

Favourites have a very strong record in this race, winning 8 of the last 12.

A further two winners were the second favourite so the race usually goes to form. Five of those favourites started odds-on, notably Frankel (2011 and 2012) and impressive French-trained winner Solow (2015).

Too Darn Hot (2019) was a well-backed even-money favourite and there was plenty of support for Mohaather (2020) who returned at 3-1.

The only blips for the market leaders in recent years came in 2017 and 2018 with victories for seven-year-olds Here Comes When and Lightning Spear. The former took advantage of his favoured heavy ground to spring a 20-1 surprise at the expense of favourite Ribchester.

Sussex Stakes 2023 Odds

The odds for the 2023 Sussex Stakes are below:

Sussex Stakes
  • Date: Wednesday 27th of July 2022
  • Time: 15:35
  • Details: 7 Runners
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Sussex Stakes Tips 2023

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  • 1 point each way for TBC

Sussex Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1878Clocher3John Osborne JrL Delatre
1879Rayon d'Or3J GoaterTom JenningsFrederic de Lagrange
1880Mask3Tom CannonC BlantonPrince Soltykoff
1881Limestone3Fred ArcherT Wadlow3rd Earl of Bradford
1882Comte Alfred3George FordhamTom JenningsC J Lefevre
1883Ossian3Charles WoodR SherrardSir G Chetwynd
1884Hermitage3F WebbTom JenningsC J Lefevre
1885Paradox3Fred ArcherJohn PorterWilliam Broderick Cloete
1886Chelsea3J GoaterW GoaterG Lambert
1887Reve d'Or3Charles WoodAlec Taylor Sr.8th Duke of Beaufort
1888Zanzibar3George BarrettC W GoldingDuchess of Montose
1889Enthusiast3Billy WarneJames RyanDouglas Baird
1890St Serf3John WattsGeorge Dawson6th Duke of Portland
1891Orvieto3Tom CannonJames RyanJ H Houldsworth
1892Orme3George BarrettJohn Porter1st Duke of Westminster
1893Harbinger3Mornington CannonJames RyanDouglas Baird
1894Matchbox3John WattsRichard MarshMaurice de Hirsch
1895Troon3John WattsGeorge Dawson6th Duke of Portland
1896Regret3Mornington CannonJohn Porter1st Duke of Westminster
1897Ardeshir3Charles WoodJ WaughMr Theobalds
1898Dieudonne3John WattsRichard Marsh8th Duke of Devonshire
1899Caiman3Mornington CannonJ HugginsLord W Beresford
1900The Raft3Lester ReiffF W DayAbe Bailey
1901Energetic3Otto MaddenJames RyanJ H Houldsworth
1902Royal Lancer3W LaneWilliam WaughJ Blundell Maple
1903Stephanas3Herbert JonesRichard MarshArthur James
1904Mousqueton3H AylinH EnochDouglas Baird
1905Thrush3Herbert RandallE RobsonJ Orr-Ewing
1906Troutbeck3Herbert JonesWilliam Waugh2nd Duke of Westminster
1907Wool Winder3William HalseyH EnochEdward Baird
1908White Eagle3William HiggsAtty PersseWilliam Hall-Walker
1909Minoru3Herbert JonesRichard MarshEdward VII
1910Winkipop3Herbert JonesWilliam WaughWaldorf Astor
1911Stedfast3Frank WoottonGeorge Lambton17th Earl of Derby
1912Tracery3Danny MaherJohn WatsonAugust Belmont Jr.
1913Sun Yat3Frank WoottonCharles MortonJack Barnato Joel
1914Black Jester3Steve DonoghueCharles MortonJack Barnato Joel
1919Glanmerin3Steve DonoghueSamuel PickeringLord H Vane-Tempest
1920Braishfield3Frank BullockAlec Taylor Jr.G H Deane
1921Sunblaze3Brownie CarslakeAtty PersseL Robinson
1922Diligence3Fred LaneAlfred Sadler5th Earl of Lonsdale
1923Hurry Off3Brownie CarslakeAtty Persse2nd Duke of Westminster
1924Burslem3Michael BearyAtty PersseAbe Bailey
1925The Monk3Harry WraggWalter EarlSolomon Joel
1926Plimsol3Bobby JonesAlec Taylor Jr.2nd Viscount Astor
1927Rosalia3Harry WraggJ H CrawfordVictor Sassoon
1928Marconigram3Gordon RichardsFred Darling1st Baron Dewar
1929Le Phare3Michael BearyDick DawsonAga Khan III
1930Paradine3Bobby JonesJoseph LawsonW Cazalet
1931Inglesant3Bobby JonesJoseph LawsonS Tattersall
1932Dastur3Michael BearyFrank ButtersAga Khan III
1933The Abbot3Joe ChildsWillie JarvisGeorge VI
1934Badruddin3Freddie FoxFrank ButtersAga Khan III
1935Hairan3Richard PerrymanFrank ButtersAga Khan III
1936Corpach3Gordon RichardsJoseph Lawson2nd Viscount Astor
1937Pascal3Gordon RichardsFred DarlingHenry Morriss
1938Faroe3Richard PerrymanColledge Leader17th Earl of Derby
1939Olein3Tommy LowreyBasil JarvisLord Glanely
1941Eastern Echo*3Michael BearyJoseph LawsonLord Glanely
1946Radiotherapy3Gordon RichardsFred TemplemanVera Lilley
1947Combat3Gordon RichardsFred DarlingJohn Arthur Dewar
1948My Babu3Charlie SmirkeSam ArmstrongMaharaja of Baroda
1949Krakatao3Gordon RichardsNoel Murless3rd Earl of Feversham
1950Palestine3Charlie SmirkeMarcus MarshAga Khan III
1951Le Sage3Gordon RichardsT CareyS Sangar
1952Agitator3Gordon RichardsNoel MurlessJohn Arthur Dewar
1953King of the Tudors3Charlie SparesWilliam StephensonFrank Dennis
1954Landau3William SnaithNoel MurlessQueen Elizabeth II
1955My Kingdom3Doug SmithHarry WraggWalter Nightingall
1956Lucero3Manny MercerHarry WraggGerry Oldham
1957Quorum3Alexander RussellW LydeT Farr
1958Major Portion3Eph SmithTed LeaderJim Joel
1959Petite Etoile3Lester PiggottNoel MurlessPrince Aly Khan
1960Venture3George MooreAlec HeadAga Khan IV
1961Le Levanstell4Bill WilliamsonSeamus McGrathJoseph McGrath
1962Romulus3Wally SwinburnF Johnson HoughtonCharles Engelhard
1963Queen's Hussar3Ron HutchinsonThomas Corbett6th Earl of Carnarvon
1964Roan Rocket3Lester PiggottGeorge ToddT Frost
1965Carlemont3Ron HutchinsonPaddy PrendergastL Gelb
1966Paveh3Ron HutchinsonT AinsworthPeter A. B. Widener III
1967Reform3Scobie BreasleyGordon RichardsMichael Sobell
1968Petingo3Lester PiggottSam ArmstrongMarcos Lemos
1969Jimmy Reppin4Geoff LewisJohn SutcliffeMrs Sidney Bates
1970Humble Duty3Duncan KeithPeter WalwynJean, Lady Ashcombe
1971Brigadier Gerard3Joe MercerDick HernJean Hislop1:41.11
1972Sallust3Joe MercerDick HernSir Michael Sobell1:37.60
1973Thatch3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienJack Mulcahy1:39.20
1974Ace of Aces4Jimmy LindleyMaurice ZilberNelson Bunker Hunt1:41.82
1975Bolkonski3Gianfranco DettoriHenry CecilCarlo d'Alessio1:39.56
1976Wollow3Gianfranco DettoriHenry CecilCarlo d'Alessio1:39.74
1977Artaius3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienMrs George Getty II1:39.51
1978Jaazeiro3Lester PiggottVincent O'BrienRobert Sangster1:40.30
1979Kris3Joe MercerHenry CecilLord Howard de Walden1:41.75
1980Posse3Pat EdderyJohn DunlopOgden Mills Phipps1:41.63
1981Kings Lake3Pat EdderyVincent O'BrienMrs Jean-Pierre Binet1:39.38
1982On The House3John ReidHarry WraggSir Philip Oppenheimer1:37.65
1983Noalcoholic6George DuffieldG. Pritchard-GordonWilliam du Pont III1:37.51
1984Chief Singer3Ray CochraneRon SheatherJeff Smith1:38.21
1985Rousillon4Greville StarkeyGuy HarwoodKhalid Abdullah1:41.07
1986Sonic Lady3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteSheikh Mohammed1:39.65
1987Soviet Star3Greville StarkeyAndré FabreSheikh Mohammed1:38.83
1988Warning3Pat EdderyGuy HarwoodKhalid Abdullah1:39.83
1989Zilzal3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteMana Al Maktoum1:36.77
1990Distant Relative4Willie CarsonBarry HillsWafic Saïd1:36.06
1991Second Set3Frankie DettoriLuca CumaniRichard L. Duchossois1:40.53
1992Marling3Pat EdderyGeoff WraggSir Edmund Loder1:36.68
1993Bigstone3Dominique BoeufÉlie LelloucheDaniel Wildenstein1:40.19
1994Distant View3Pat EdderyHenry CecilKhalid Abdullah1:35.71
1995Sayyedati5Brett DoyleClive BrittainMohamed Obaida1:36.17
1996First Island4Michael HillsGeoff WraggMollers Racing1:37.75
1997Ali-Royal4Kieren FallonHenry CecilGreenbay Stables Ltd1:37.98
1998Among Men4Michael KinaneSir Michael StouteTabor / Magnier1:40.23
1999Aljabr3Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin1:35.66
2000Giant's Causeway3Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor1:38.65
2001Noverre3Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin1:37.12
2002Rock of Gibraltar3Michael KinaneAidan O'BrienFerguson / Magnier1:38.29
2003Reel Buddy5Pat EdderyRichard Hannon Sr.Speedlith Group1:40.00
2004Soviet Song4Johnny MurtaghJames FanshaweElite Racing Club1:36.98
2005Proclamation3Michael KinaneJeremy NosedaPrincess Haya of Jordan1:40.16
2006Court Masterpiece6Jimmy FortuneEd DunlopGainsborough Stud1:36.10
2007Ramonti5Frankie DettoriSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin1:37.62
2008Henrythenavigator3Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienSue Magnier1:38.46
2009Rip Van Winkle3Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor / Smith1:37.16
2010Canford Cliffs3Richard HughesRichard Hannon Sr.Heffer / Roy / Instance1:37.44
2011Frankel3Tom QueallySir Henry CecilKhalid Abdullah1:37.47
2012Frankel4Tom QueallySir Henry CecilKhalid Abdullah1:37.56
2013Toronado3Richard HughesRichard Hannon Sr.Joaan Al Thani1:36.29
2014Kingman3James DoyleJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah1:41.75
2015Solow5Maxime GuyonFreddy HeadWertheimer et Frère1:39.18
2016The Gurkha3Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor / Smith1:37.35
2017Here Comes When7Jim CrowleyAndrew BaldingFitri Hay1:46.11
2018Lightning Spear7Oisin MurphyDavid SimcockQatar Racing1:39.89
2019Too Darn Hot3Frankie DettoriJohn GosdenLord Lloyd-Webber1:38.57
2020Mohaather4Jim CrowleyMarcus TregoningHamdan Al Maktoum1:38.75
2021Alcohol Free3Oisin MurphyAndrew BaldingJeff Smith1:42.83
2022Baaeed4Jim CrowleyWilliam HaggasShadwell Estate1:37.74

Sussex Stakes Previous Result

Sussex Stakes Stats

Class is the key factor for your Sussex Stakes bets.

The last twelve winners all had at least one previous victory in a Group race, seven of those at the highest level.

Three-year-olds still hold sway over their older rivals, winning seven of those renewals.

Almost all winners had proven form over a mile with at least three runs over this distance.

Fillies and mares rarely contest this event, although the top-class Sayyedati (1995) and Soviet Song (2004) were notable exceptions.

Top Trainers and Jockeys

The late Sir Henry Cecil is the leading trainer in the history of the Sussex Stakes with seven wins. His first came with Bolkonski (1975) and his final success came with the dual winner Frankel (2011-2012).

Aidan O’Brien is closing in on that record with five victories, all of them provided by three-year-olds. Giant’s Causeway (2000) and Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) were followed by Henrythenavigator (2008) and Rip Van Winkle (2009). His fifth victory was provided by The Gurkha (2016).

Sir Gordon Richards still leads the all-time jockey standings with eight Sussex Stakes victories, the last of them with Agitator in 1952.

Lester Piggott rode the winner on six occasions, his final success coming aboard Jaazeiro in 1978.

Frankie Dettori won for the fifth time when partnering Too Darn Hot for John Gosden in 2019.

Betting on the Sussex Stakes

The betting on the Sussex Stakes takes shape during Royal Ascot with the results of the Queen Anne Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Running plans are announced for the winners and placed horses in those races soon afterwards. The market has proved to be a reliable guide to the Sussex Stakes with very few surprise results.

Popular Questions

Where is the Sussex Stakes?

Sussex Stakes is run at Goodwood Racecourse.

What distance is the Sussex Stakes?

The Sussex Stakes is 1 mile long.

Summary of the Sussex Stakes

The Sussex Stakes is one of the highlights of the week at Glorious Goodwood and often produces a top-class contest.

The winners of the English 2000 Guineas and Irish 2000 Guineas frequently target this race and a potential clash with the leading miler among the older generations.

The nature of the track can often lead to a pulsating finish.

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