Toronado and Kingman likely to go head to head at Goodwood

Richard Hughes riding Toronado (nearest the camera) edges past Kevin Manning on board Dawn Approach to win the 2013 QIPCO Sussex Stakes   Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-3162)
Richard Hughes riding Toronado (nearest the camera) edges past Kevin Manning on board Dawn Approach to win the 2013 QIPCO Sussex Stakes Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-3162)

GOODWOOD boss Adam Waterworth went to Royal Ascot to see the top contenders for the Sussex Stakes.

And he came away supremely confident that the big race at Glorious Goodwood would feature a highly-anticipated showdown between the two best current milers in the business.

Racecourse managing director Waterworth was present to see the Richard Hannon-trained Toronado – the current QIPCO Sussex Stakes champion – kick off Royal Ascot in style with an impressive win in the Queen Anne Stakes.

A couple of hours later, he looked on as John Gosden’s Kingman – the leading light among this year’s three-year-olds – lived up to his reputation to take the St James’ Palace Stakes.

Both Hannon and Gosden said after their wins that all being well, their horses would run in the Sussex Stakes.

Waterworth said: “We have the winners of the big two mile contest at Royal Ascot coming to us, which is brilliant.

“Without wishing to over-hype it, you’re almost in the same territory as the 2011 Sussex Stakes, when the young pretender Frankel took on champion Canford Cliffs.

“Royal Ascot is very important to us in terms of beginning to see which horses are likely to come to our big races, and so far it’s working out well for us.”

Another Hannon horse, Toormore, was sixth in the St James Palace and could well still line up for the Sussex Stakes, which will be run on Wednesday, July 30.

And Aiden O’Brien’s Verrazano, second to Toronado in the Queen Anne, is another contender.

Elsewhere, Coventry Stakes runner-up Jungle Cat looks in line to return to Goodwood for the Richomnd Stakes at Glorious.

Waterworth is also hoping Royal Ascot duo Sky Lantern and The Fugue line up for the second Glorious Group 1 contest, the Nassau Stakes.