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Here Comes When Wins Gr1 Sussex Stakes
On day two of the Glorious Goodwood racing carnival in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer (Danehill-Mira Adonde, by Sharpen Up) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO Irish-bred gelding Here Comes When (Danehill Dancer-Quad’s Melody, by Spinning World) relished the heavy conditions to post a surprise neck win in the £1 million Gr1 Sussex Stakes (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating race favourite Ribchester (Iffraaj) & Lightning Spear (Pivotal). This was the first top-flight success for Here Comes When who improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Mile Stakes at Sandown) from 29 starts for £840,133 in earnings. "I feel a bit sorry for Churchill and Ribchester with the way the weather changed, but it really suits Here Comes When and he was going to love this ground,” Here Comes When’s owner Dr Hay told Sky Sports. "He's a very decent horse on this sort of ground. You look back through his form and he's won two Group Twos before, he was fourth in this race a couple of years ago on ground quicker than ideal and he deserved to be in the field.” Ribchester’s trainer Richard Fahey lamented the very heavy ground: “It's extreme conditions out there, I was very worried - it's not for a Flat horse to be racing on, it's National Hunt horses,” he said. “But he's run a mighty race and he showed good heart to nearly get back up.” Coolmore didn’t hesitate in withdrawing Churchill before the race when the heavy rain arrived, with the dual Guineas winner known for his dislike of soft ground.