Frankel has 16 rivals for Sussex Stakes at Goodwood

The outstanding Frankel heads 17 entries remaining in the Group One £300,000 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the highlight of Glorious Goodwood, on Wednesday, August 1.

Owned by Khalid Abdulla and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel is unbeaten in 11 starts and will be aiming to repeat his performance in the 2011 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, when he routed Canford Cliffs by five lengths. His most recent start came in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 when he won by an imperious 11 lengths.

The strongest opposition to Frankel could be provided by trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has seven remaining entries. These include Excelebration, who has finished second to Frankel on four occasions, Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Power, Maybe, who landed the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes last season and Ishvana, who landed the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Other interesting contenders going forward include Strong Suit, who landed the Group Two bet365 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last season, and Planteur, who won the Group One Prix Ganay in 2011.

ere are 47 entries for the Group Two £100,000 Betfair Celebration Mile, which takes place at Goodwood on Saturday, August 25, including the Queen’s Carlton House and the 2010 champion sprinter Starspangledbanner, who is back in training with Aidan O’Brien.

Entries for the Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes will be revealed tomorrow. The Group One contest, run over 10 furlongs for fillies and mares, takes place on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, Saturday, August 4.

THE QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES

Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 Total Prize Fund, Part of the British Champions Series. Goodwood, Wednesday, August 1, 2012. For three-year-olds and upwards, 1 mile. Weights: three-year-old colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb; four-year-old colts and geldings 9st 7lb, fillies 9st 4lb. Entries closed Tuesday, May 29, entries revealed, Wednesday, May 30 (37 entries). Scratchings deadline Tuesday, July 10 (17 remain). Six-day confirmation and £19,500 supplementary stage, Thursday, July 26. Final declaration stage 10.00am, Monday, July 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Monday, July 9.

Form Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer

655/00-46 BULLET TRAIN 5-9-07 Khalid Abdulla Sir Henry Cecil

3112-122 EXCELEBRATION (IRE) 4-9-07 Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE

11111-11 FRANKEL 4-9-07 Khalid Abdulla Sir Henry Cecil

1450-(3)30 PLANTEUR (IRE) 5-9-07 Al Falasi & Mohamed Ali Albousi Marco Botti

613110-0 STRONG SUIT (USA) 4-9-07 Qatar Racing Limited Richard Hannon

21322-(1)2 CHACHAMAIDEE (IRE) 5-9-04 R A H Evans Sir Henry Cecil

14220-100 ARNOLD LANE (IRE) 3-9-00 Nick & Olga Dhandsa & John & Zoe Webster Mick Channon

41(0)-(1)(P)4 DADDY LONG LEGS (USA) 3-9-00 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

144-26 FOXTROT ROMEO (IRE) 3-9-00 Andrew Tinkler Bryan Smart

110-0215 GABRIAL (IRE) 3-9-00 Dr Marwan Koukash Richard Fahey

1212-010 POWER 3-9-00 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

320-(5)030 RED DUKE (USA) 3-9-00 Maxilead Limited John Quinn

15613-30 REPLY (IRE) 3-9-00 Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith/Mordukhovitch Aidan O’Brien IRE

301-1 REQUISITION (IRE) 3-9-00 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

415-140 TRUMPET MAJOR (IRE) 3-9-00 John Manley Richard Hannon

4-20(1)321 ISHVANA (IRE) 3-8-11 Anne-Marie O’Brien Aidan O’Brien IRE

11111-35 MAYBE (IRE) 3-8-11 Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE

17 entries remain after the July 10 scratchings deadline

7 Irish-trained

Scratched at July 10 deadline: BORN TO SEA (IRE), CAMELOT, CRACKERJACK KING (IRE), CRUSADE (USA), DECLARATION OF WAR (USA), DUBAWI GOLD, FENCING (USA), HARBOUR WATCH (IRE), HELMET (AUS), HOMECOMING QUEEN (IRE), PARISH HALL (IRE), PENITENT, RED JAZZ (USA), RIO DE LA PLATA (USA), SAAMIDD, SO YOU THINK (NZ), THE NILE, TOP OFFER, WINDSOR PALACE (IRE), WROTE (IRE).