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Sussex Stakes Shaping As Epic Encounter
The showpiece event of the Glorious Goodwood racing carnival, the £300,000 Gr1 Sussex Stakes (8 furlongs), takes place in the UK tonight. This year's renewal of the Sussex has attracted a small but elite field that promises to be one of the highlights of the English flat racing season. The race presents as a three-horse match-race between 4YO Declaration Of War (War Front-Tempo West, by Rahy) and outstanding 3YOs Dawn Approach (New Approach-Hymn of the Dawn, by Phone Trick) & Toronado (High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam). Declaration Of War will be out to build upon his sizable reputation which received a boost with his Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes success at Royal Ascot, while Dawn Approach and Toronado renew their rivalry after a controversial St James's Palace Stakes. While Dawn Approach narrowly claimed honours that day, the Toronado camp maintain the result did not conclusively establish which colt was superior because of the interference suffered by both gallopers late in the race. Jim Bolger's Dawn Approach is favourite for the Sussex, but Richard Hannon Jnr, assistant trainer to his father, is bullish about Toronado's chances of turning the tables on his last-start conqueror. "It's going to be a cracking race with the big two again and a couple of other decent horses in it," Hannon Jnr told racingpost.com. "As long as it's a good pace and a good, fair race that's all you can ask for. If we're not good enough we're not good enough, but he's a pretty good horse."