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15 Jul 2016

Glorious Goodwood countdown begins for favourite Galileo Gold

With Glorious Goodwood undoubtedly one of the favourite events in the horse racing calendar, it is looking likely that the Qatar Sussex Stakes will be the race to look forward to from this year’s event. With one of the best fields in recent history, with many horses heading into the race in superb form during 2016, bookmakers and punters alike are seemingly struggling to pick their favourites for the race in West Sussex.

The Group 1, a mile-long contest is believed to be worth at least £1million this year, it is little wonder that the UK’s best trainers are so keen for their prized assets to come out on top come the 27th July. Bookmakers Coral provide all the latest news and tips in the build up to the famous race, with Galileo Gold the current favourite at 7/4 in the horse racing betting odds. Trainer Hugo Palmer will certainly be confident of victory, with Galileo Gold having won the recent 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The fiercest competition for Galileo Gold could well come in the shape of Aidan O’Brien trained duo The Gurkha and Minding. The two famous horses faced off at the recent St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Galileo Gold finishing one and a quarter lengths ahead of his rival. The two colts had very different routes to the race, however, with Galileo Gold always well-positioned under Frankie Dettori, while The Gurkha and Ryan Moore were held up some way off the pace and did not enjoy a clear run at the winner. With Coral offering all the latest news in the build-up to the Sussex Stakes, why not add this to your bookmark bar, where you will find The Gurkha, Awtaad and Minding handed respective odds of 9/4, 8/1 and 10/1 in the horse racing betting.

Jockey Frankie Dettori is just ten wins short of achieving 3,000 career victories, and although the Italian may achieve this feat before Glorious Goodwood at the end of July, reaching such an achievement at the Sussex course would perhaps be a fitting site. Goodwood was the location for Dettori’s first ever the UK win back in 1997.
Palmer is certainly in confident mood ahead of the race, stating that he sees no reason why the final results from Royal Ascot should be reversed. However, with O’Brien talking up The Gurkha’s chances at Goodwood after stepping up to the mile and a quarter mark at Sandown earlier this month, racegoers look like being in for a treat come race day.