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Sussex Rematch For St James's Palace Stakes Duo
Top colts Dawn Approach & Toronado promise to provide one of the highlights of the British flat season when they renew their rivalry in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes (1600m) at Glorious Goodwood on July 31, reports sportinglife.com. Billed as the "duel on the downs" - following in the tradition of recent high profile clashes such as Henrythenavigator v Raven's Pass (2008), Rip Van Winkle v Paco Boy (2009) & Canford Cliffs v Rip Van Winkle (2010) – the race usually determines Europe's best miler. Frankel embellished the race's reputation no end with his breathtaking victory last year. Thus far, Dawn Approach (New Approach-Hymn of the Dawn, by Phone Trick) holds a decisive 2-0 advantage over Toronado (High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) in their head-to-head battles but the latter is closing the gap. At their most recent meeting in the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes, the duo was separated by a mere short head when both suffered late interference. Toronado seemed especially unlucky, and co-trainer Richard Hannon Jnr is looking forward to the rematch. "We were unlucky in the race at Ascot," Hannon Jnr commented. "I thought we came there to beat Dawn Approach but to his credit he stayed on and beat us…our horse is a very good horse and we are going to take on Dawn Approach again." But Dawn Approach's trainer Jim Bolger is equally bullish and is confident he has the superior horse. "Toronado could warm us up a bit in the Sussex Stakes but I don't think he will beat us. Dawn Approach has beaten Toronado twice and hopefully he can do so again," Bolger stated.