The Sussex Stakes – 26th March 2016 – London Bridge Racecourse


Date: 26th March 2016
Venue: London Bridge Racecourse
Time: 10h00 TK time

Dress code:
Both Ladies and Gentlemen are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion adhering to the dress code of blue and white. Outfits should be elegant.

Ladies are required to dress smartly and encouraged to wear a hat or fascinator. Stiletto heels are not recommended due to the terrain. No jeans, shorts or fancy dress is permitted.

Gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or a smart, open neck shirt and trousers. Linen suits and a waistcoat with the archetypal panama can also be worn. No jeans, shorts, sleeveless shirts, open shoes or fancy dress is permitted.

The sponsors reserves the right to bar access to guests who are not dressed in appropriate racing attire and within the blue and white dress code.

Age Restriction:
No Under 18’s

Food and Drinks:
A variety of food and drink options will be on sale at the event.


The Sussex Stakes began life in 1841 as a sprint and got nowhere. Failing to capture the public attention, it was uncontested on 25 occasions, including 14 walkovers. Today, having been transformed into a one mile race with Group 1 status – the first race of the season in which the three-year-old and older milers clash at the highest level – it is regarded as Goodwood’s most prestigious race. It rightly earns its place in the QIPCO British Champions Series.

That point is underlined by some of its cast-list. In 2010 it was won by Canford Cliffs, whose trainer said afterwards that Canford Cliffs was the best horse he had ever trained. Even more superlatives were handed out after the 2011 renewal as Frankel inflicted a devastating five-length victory over the defending champion. Just for good measure, the brilliant miler returned to Goodwood in 2012 and became the first horse to win two renewals of the race. Other celebrated winners include Brigadier Gerard, Kris, Giant’s Causeway and Rock Of Gibraltar.



Final Result
Pos Gate Horse Stable Jockey Time
1 1 Boban Hareeba Cheyenne Ruter 1:30.457
2 3 Sparkle Wise Manor Park Stud Michelle Llarenas 1:31.495
3 2 Tessa Al Dopey Donkeys Digs Leo Kroell 1:31.600
4 4 Quick Marauder Blackberry Farms Reena Blust 1:32.865
5 5 Alibaba supreme Toccara Barscewski 1:33.933


1. Boban

10yo stallion from Hareeba, Career earnings: $10,800,262
Overall rating: Spectacular(89) – Competitive

Comments: The 4 time cup winner from the Hareeba jumps from gate #1, and his recent form has been outstanding. The stable will be hoping for a sizzling send off.

2. Tessa Al

9yo mare from Dopey Donkeys Digs, Career earnings: $7,669,772
Overall rating: Majestic(80) – Fast finisher

Comments: Tessa Al rocks this season, a winner of 3 cups this season and 6 in total. Watch out for this girl.

3. Sparkle Wise

9yo stallion from Manor Park Stud, Career earnings: $5,122,536
Overall rating: Majestic(80) – Fast finisher

Comments: Sparkle Wise comes back from a spell on the breeding farm, he has some decent form, but will need to improve a few lengths to be a factor here.

4. Quick Marauder

10yo stallion from Blackberry Farms, Career earnings: $7,444,241
Overall rating: Majestic(84)

Comments: The son of Spritz Quicksilver has been close in cups lately and if any of the top two runners fluff their lines, he could be the big beneficiary.


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