Jim Bolger’s talented miler POETIC FLARE (5/6) heads a intriguing field of runners in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, with the dual Group 1 winner aiming to claim another top-level success here.
The three-year-old followed in the footsteps of his sire Dawn Approach as he landed the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, before landing a second Group 1 victory with a dominant performance in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
His performances in tougher conditions are a slight worry, as he finished sixth in the French 2,000 Guineas on very soft ground before being beaten by stablemate Mac Swiney on heavy ground at the Curragh in the Irish edition of the contest.
SNOW LANTERN (13/2) landed her first Group 1 at Newmarket a few weeks back and the filly is pitted against the boys for only the second time in her career here.
The daughter of Frankel battled gamely against 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth in the Falmouth Stakes and got the better of the Ballydolly filly, claiming success by half a length.
Richard Hannon’s runner does have some form on heavy ground, as she finished second in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June.
She is joined by stablemate CHINDIT (33/1), who has produced two far from disgraced efforts in Group 1 company.
ALCOHOL FREE (8/1) holds some interest in the contest, as Andrew Balding’s filly claimed success at Royal Ascot on heavy ground last month.
The three-year-old impressed in the Coronation Stakes in June, getting the better of rival Snow Lantern on that occasion.
She produced another big effort in the Falmouth Stakes at the beginning of the month, finishing half a length behind Snow Lantern at Newmarket.
The current conditions at Goodwood should benefit the daughter of No Nay Never and she should be well in the mix here.
Aidan O’Brien has a pair of representatives entered, with Queen Anne Stakes runner-up LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (10/1) and Minstrel Stakes winner ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (12/1) both featuring in the one-mile contest.
TILSIT (14/1) returns to Group 1 company after claiming success in the Summer Mile Stakes at Ascot for Charles Hills, while Simon & Ed Crisford’s CENTURY DREAM (25/1) has been fairly consistent this season in Group races.
DUHAIL (33/1) could relish the heavy ground over a mile for Andre Fabre and Richard Fahey’s SPACE TRAVELLER (80/1) will need to rediscover his three-year-old form if he is to be competitive here.