07/28/2014 1:50PM

Kingman has edge over Toronado in Sussex


Fresh off a major triumph Saturday in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, trainer John Gosden goes for another with Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex on Wednesday at Goodwood in England.

Gosden won the 1 1/2-mile King George with the 3-year-old filly Taghrooda and will try to take the one-mile Sussex with the 3-year-old colt Kingman. Kingman’s major rival is Toronado, who won the straight-course Sussex last year for trainer Richard Hannon and Al Shaqab Racing.

There are only three others entered in the Sussex: Darwin, Outstrip, and War Command. The race, with a scheduled post time of 10:05 a.m. Eastern, is expected to be contested over good going.

Kingman’s age is no impediment to his qualifications. In fact, Toronado was a 3-year-old when he defeated Dawn Approach in the 2013 Sussex, and besides the 4-year-old Frankel’s win in 2012, a 3-year-old has won every Sussex since 2007.

Gosden is seeking his first win in the race and is well positioned to get it with Kingman, a Juddmonte Farms homebred by Invincible Spirit who has won 5 of his 6 starts. Kingman suffered his only loss while finishing second in the English 2000 Guineas this year, but he probably was the best horse in that race. He came back to win the Irish 2000 Guineas by five lengths and was brilliant in winning the St. James’s Palace Stakes on June 17 by more than two lengths over Night of Thunder, the horse who had beaten him in the English 2000 Guineas.

Toronado also won a major race at the Royal Ascot meet, capturing the straight-course, one-mile Queen Anne by three-quarters of a length over Verrazano. That was Toronado’s first start at 4, and it will be mildly surprising if he comes forward much Wednesday. Toronado was a brilliant 2-year-old and shined on occasion when he won 2 of 5 starts last year at 3, but there are few obvious signs that he can take his game to a higher level.

Kingman comfortably handled Outstrip and War Command in the St. James’s Palace and should take care of them again Wednesday for his third straight Group 1 score.