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The Qatar Sussex Stakes 2021 Betting Tips
- Duel On The Downs
Poetic Flare ridden by Kevin Manning on their way to winning the St James's Palace Stakes
The highlight of Wednesday’s day two is the Qatar Sussex Stakes otherwise known as the Duel On The Downs which will see horses three years and up go to post for 15:35 UK time.
Unfortunately, the duel we were all looking forward to this year will not happen as John Gosden’s four year old Palace Pier will not be attending the festival.
The Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes winner has not recovered from a blood disorder in time to lay down a challenge to 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Poetic Flare.
Other than that, and in similar fashion to Saturday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes, this will be a top class Group One clash of the generations as this year’s three year old milers get the opportunity to test themselves against the older generation.
Poetic Flare Is The Short Price Favourite
It is a three year old that leads the betting and by some way too as Jim Bolger’s colt Poetic Flare is the short priced favourite by quite a long way.
In fact, as we write this, the next horse in the betting, Order of Australia, is hovering around the 7/1 mark.
However, while Poetic Flare has only lost twice this year, both defeats have come when the going was soft as is likely to be the case at Goodwood this week.
Elsewhere, should he run, St Mark’s Basilica always looks a sound choice.
The Eclipse winner has won his last four races and is considered to be the leading three year old of the season thus far and could provide some better value.
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