Canford Cliffs overcame a series of self-imposed difficulties at Goodwood on Wednesday to win the Group 1, $467,000 Sussex Stakes with a perfectly timed late run that caught Rip Van Winkle in the shadow of the line.\r\nA 3-year-old son of Tagula, Canford Cliffs was reluctant to load missed the break. He was still three lengths behind the 4-year-old Rip Van Winkle at the eighth pole. His rider, Richard Hughes, never blinked, however, as Canford Cliffs displayed a blistering turn of foot to prevail by a rather cozy neck, getting the mile in 1:37.44 on good to firm ground. For the record, Premio Loco was 3 1/4 lengths further back in third, but this race was all about the first two.\r\nRyan Moore, subbing for the suspended Johnny Murtagh, must have though he was home free aboard the 9-4 Rip Van Winkle approaching the furlong marker, but it was not to be, as the defending title-holder lost for the third time in a row, although in a much improved effort off his sixth-place finish behind Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes. In victory, the 4-6 Canford Cliffs confirmed that he is the best 3-year-old miler in the world, as he had taken the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St. James&rsquo;s Palace Stakes in equally imperious fashion.\r\nAfterwards, Richard Hannon dubbed Canford Cliffs &ldquo;the best horse I&rsquo;ve ever trained.&rdquo; Hannon, who also has Group 1 winning milers Paco Boy and Dick Turpin in his stable, had earlier sent out the 11-4 King Torus to win the Group 2, $124,000, Vintage Stakes. An Oratorio 2-year-old, King Torus sprinted clear for a six-length victory over Stentorian, clocking 1:27.13 for the seven furlongs. King Torus had previously won Newmarket&rsquo;s seven-furlong, Group 2 Superlative Stakes and is one of five juvenile group race winners for Hannon this year.\r\nOne of them, Libranno, should continue Hannon&rsquo;s good luck on Friday when he goes in the Group 2, $124,000 Richmond Stakes. The Marlborough conditioner has won the last two runnings of this six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds with Dick Turpin and Prolific and in Libranno he has the 5-4 favorite.\r\nA son of two-time Group 1 mile winner Librettist, Libranno has been perfect thus far, winning a 15-runner maiden on Newmarket&rsquo;s Rowley Course before taking the six-furlong, Group 2 July Stakes on the Newmarket July Course. Richard Hughes will ride as Marine Commando challenges off a win in the listed five-furlong Windsor Castle Stakes.\r\nJacqueline Quest, trained by Henry Cecil, crossed the line first in the 1000 Guineas but was disqualified and placed seventh. She has since been 3 1/2 lengths third to Lillie Langtry in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. and that form is far better than anything else in the Group 3, $93,000 Oak Tree Stakes, a seven-furlong contest in which Jacqueline Quest will be meeting older fillies for the first time.