Billed as the race of the season so far, the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood had a couple of dimensions to it. Who is the best three year old miler, Siskin or Kameko? Plus are the three year olds better than their elders?
Now we know the result, were either, or both, of those questions answered? In a word, no. Not in my opinion anyway.
As often is the case at Goodwood, in-running problems were the order of the day. The eventual winner, Mohaather, suffered interference but was good enough to get himself out of trouble. He got trapped and shuffled to last before coming with a rattle in the closing stages to get up down the outside.
He’s a proper horse to do that and I’d say he’s comfortably the best older miler here or in Ireland. But watching the race back there is plenty to take away from what was an exhilarating Sussex Stakes.
- Kameko never got a run on the inside, therefore didn’t get into top gear so couldn’t give his true running.
- Siskin travelled powerfully and looked the winner but perhaps didn’t fully stay the mile at this level.
- San Donato looked threatening before his run petered out.