More than just Sussex duel on offer on day two

Spillway (right) ridden by Tom Queally comes home to win The Bet365 Handicap during the bet365 Ultimate Celebration Meeting at Sandown Park, Esher.
Spillway (right) ridden by Tom Queally comes home to win The Bet365 Handicap during the bet365 Ultimate Celebration Meeting at Sandown Park, Esher.
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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You could be forgiven for thinking there is only one race on day two of Glorious Goodwood.

The Sussex Stakes has captured the imagination of racing enthusiasts across the land as Dawn Approach and Toronado are set to renew their rivalry.

However, six other battles are on Wednesday’s card – with the Spillway team targeting glory in the Gordon Stakes.

The three-year-old son of Rail Link enjoyed a stunning start to the campaign, with three consecutive wins and then third place in the London Gold Cup at Newbury.

However, Eve Johnson Houghton’s talent had to settle for 10th in the King George V Stakes at Ascot – beaten by little more than four lengths in a blanket finish.

Regardless, the trainer reckons her 88-rated colt has earned a shot at the Group 3 contest at Goodwood.

‘He had no luck at Ascot at all,’ said Houghton.

‘If you look back at his form, he wasn’t beaten far at all by Hillstar when they were second and third at Newbury.

‘And he is possibly going for the King George next, so I think we really ought to be looking to go up in grade.

‘Hopefully there will be less traffic there, too.’

Meanwhile, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford has confirmed Outstrip, who won his sole start at Newmarket last month, will also have a Glorious assignment.

He said: ‘Outstrip is a good horse and we will aim him at the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes.’