Guineas heroes sign up to Sussex showdown

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Europe’s finest three-year-olds are preparing for battle in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Night Of Thunder and Kingman featured among the 28 entries announced yesterday for the £300,000 Group 1 mile contest on Wednesday, July 30.

The pair, trained by Richard Hannon and John Gosden respectively, have already clashed twice this season.

Kingman’s Greenham Stakes win was reversed by Night Of Thunder in the 2,000 Guineas, leaving the score between the rivals at 1-1.

The former went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh last weekend and is set to renew his battle with Hannon’s tralent in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Now Goodwood have got in on the act as their attention turns to the festival at the tail end of July.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Night Of Thunder’s owner Saeed Manana, said: ‘As soon as we get over Royal Ascot we will see what happens but I’m sure the Sussex Stakes is a race we will be looking at.

‘He has been going very, very well since Newmarket.

‘We thought he was a good horse before (the Guineas) and he has now proved it.

‘The result in Ireland at the weekend only makes his form look stronger.

‘The rivalry between Night Of Thunder and Kingman is exciting and you have to take on good horses if you want to win good races.’

Hannon has also entered reigning champion Toronado, former Vintage Stakes winner Olympic Glory and four-time Group 1-winning filly Sky Lantern.

Last year’s champion two-year-old Toormore is also in the mix, while War Command heads Aidan O’Brien’s Irish charge.