Kingman was crowned as the best miler in the World at Goodwood yesterday with a sensational win in the Sussex Stakes.
The race itself was a very muddling affair with Kingman’s chief rival Toormore deciding to take the field along at a snail’s pace.
They had yet to start racing until two furlongs to run and Kingman still had a couple of lengths to make up with one furlong to run. But when he hit full stride, he breezed past Toormore and Darwin and somehow won with a bit up his sleeve.
James Doyle only needed hands and heels.
Moving onto today’s action on the Downs and we may be witnessing the birth of a new star miler in the form of Ivawood.
The two-year-old has been heralded the best young horse in the Richard Hannon yard by Richard Hughes and that theory certainly looked to have some legs when he won at the July festival last month.
He looks to have the perfect mix of pace and class judging by the way he put his rivals to the sword there. I’m excited about him taking his chance in the Richmond Stakes at 2:35 today but at 4/7 he’s a watching brief rather than a betting proposition.
For those that like an odds-on shot though, like Kingman, he’ll be very hard to stop if on his A-game.
A far better value bet lies with the each-way chances of Angel Gabriel in the Goodwood Cup around the 9/1 mark.
I’m not usually one for following top-class handicap form into a Group race but the staying division isn’t one which has much depth and the selection doesn’t have to find much more to be involved with the market protagonists Brown Panther and Estimate.
The Queen’s horse is the one to beat but had a very hard race at Royal Ascot while Brown Panther isn’t a horse to get involved with on fast ground.
Angel Gabriel looks a type to relish the speedy nature of Goodwood’s track as he travels like a dream in his races but then also possesses the turn of foot to put races to bed as he showed when winning the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle with sumptuous ease.
Richard Fahey’s star has the scope and staying power to make a real mark at this level in my eyes. He has his quirks but his form this year has been consistent and it’s hard to see him not being involved at the business end of the race. Get on with three point each way stakes.
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