Jockeys calls for Glorious showdown

Tom Queally
Tom Queally
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Tom Queally called for a showdown between Frankel and Canford Cliffs and declared: It’s what the public want.

The country’s two premier milers are entered in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

And Queally, who won the 2,000 Guineas on stellar three-year-old Frankel earlier this season, reckons the pair must go head to head for the good of the sport.

The jockey made it seven races unbeaten on his Henry Cecil-trained mount when winning the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday.

However, four-year-old Canford Cliffs is the reigning Sussex Stakes champion and won the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot this week to confirm his standing as the best of the older generation.

But while he is keen to do battle with Richard Hannon’s stable star, Queally is confident he has the best horse.

He said: ‘You have to remember Frankel’s never been eyeballed.

‘I think he’d pull out more if he did get into a battle.

‘All he wants to do is try for you. He settled well and I think we can ride him differently now.

‘We can have more of an open ticket about him and play it more by ear and see how his races pan out.

‘It will be an interesting race if Frankel and Canford Cliffs line up for the Sussex Stakes.

‘I expected Canford to win the Queen Anne and he really is the top older miler around.

‘Clashes like this are what everyone wants to see in racing and all roads lead to Goodwood now.’

Meanwhile, Goodwood hosted its final race meeting before the Glorious festival last night.

Trainer Clive Cox and jockey Adam Kirby teamed up to win the first two races.

Favourite My Solitaire won the Tanqueray Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes at 11/8, while Pandorica scored in the Wave FM Stakes at 8/1.

The third race – the Goodwood Hotel Maiden Fillies’ Stakes – went to Rainbow Springs, who justified 2/7 favouritism.

The Capital FM Stakes was won by Andrew Balding’s Chiberta King at 17/2.

While the Hardware Associates Fillies’ Stakes went to 6/5-favourite Valencha.

Da Ponte – a 13/2-shot – won the final race, the Goodwood Farm Shop Stakes.