Royal Ascot stars set to gallop to Glorious Goodwood

Royal Ascot is over for another year - but many of the horses which made it one to remember could race at Glorious Goodwood
Royal Ascot is over for another year - but many of the horses which made it one to remember could race at Glorious Goodwood

Royal Ascot’s star performers are being readied to run next during Glorious Goodwood.

The highlight of Glorious is the Group 1 QIPCO Sussex Stakes over a mile on Wednesday, July 31. The £300,000 contest is set to be one of the races of 2013 with Jim Bolger’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Dawn Approach likely to clash with Toronado for a third time this season.

Toronado, trained by one of Goodwood’s top trainers, Richard Hannon, had a wind problem when fourth in the Newmarket classic, but proved himself a colt of the highest calibre when running Dawn Approach to a short-head in the St James’ Palace Stakes last week.

Further spice to the mile showpiece could be added by Aidan O’Brien’s easy Queen Anne Stakes victor Declaration Of War and the runner-up Aljamaaheer, trained by Roger Varian.

Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge is also among the 49 entries for the Sussex Stakes but trainer Charlie Hills is eyeing a tilt at the £200,000 Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes, the fillies’ feature over just short of ten furlongs on Saturday, August 3, the final day of Glorious.

The daughter of Lawman, just touched off by Sky Lantern in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on her seasonal return in May, was beaten four-and-a-quarter lengths into third behind the same rival in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Hills said: “We are looking at the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes for Just The Judge. She has come out of the Coronation Stakes in very good form and I am pleased with her.

“Obviously, the draw didn’t help at Ascot but she still ran a very good race. She got caught a bit wide and I would say that cost her second.

“We have been looking forward to stepping her up in trip and I don’t think a mile and a quarter will be a problem for her. I can even see her getting a bit further than that next year.”

Trainer John Gosden has indicated The Fugue could return to defend her Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes crown after making a pleasing seasonal return when third in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday, June 19, while Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture may drop back in trip for trainer Ralph Beckett.

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