Europe’s leading milers Gleneagles and Solow remain on course for a mouth-watering clash of the generations in the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Wednesday, July 29.
They headline 21 remaining entries for the brilliant mile contest following Group One victories at Royal Ascot last month. Gleneagles (Aidan O’Brien IRE) added wins in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas with an easy success in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while five-year-old Solow (Freddy Head FR) notched up his seventh consecutive victory in the Queen Anne Stakes.
Also among the acceptors for the Qatar Sussex Stakes is the Richard Hannon-trained pair ofNight Of Thunder and Toormore, who were first and second in the Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May.
The champion trainer has also confirmed dual Group Two scorers Estidhkaar and Ivawoodamong a five-strong team which is completed by Moheet.
Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien also has five possible starters, with Gleneagles joined by Queen Anne Stakes third Cougar Mountain, Due Diligence, Father Frost and fellow Royal Ascot scorer War Envoy.
Other notable acceptors for the Qatar Sussex Stakes include the Charlie Hills-trained pair ofCable Bay and Dutch Connection, winner of the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, plus impressive Group Three winner Arod (Peter Chapple-Hyam).
Two female entries are dual Group One winner Integral (Sir Michael Stoute), who needs to bounce back from a disappointing effort at Royal Ascot, and QIPCO 1,000 Guineas runner-upLucida (Jim Bolger IRE).