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.

What does the future hold?

Best older miler in training and will take some stopping in the QEII on Champions Day.
Looks the standout out three year old to me and deserves another chance to showcase his talent. I think he’ll win the Juddmonte International and the 8/1 looks more than fair.
I wouldn’t discount him as a miler, but won’t be inconvenienced coming back in trip. Would like to see him back at 6f or 7f and still think he’s a proper Group 1 horse.
San Donato
Not short of speed and another I’d like to see back in trip but at a slightly lower level. The City Of York Stakes later this month could be the race for him and he’d probably be better with some give underfoot.