Hannon Pair Set The Sussex Stakes Standard

Probably the best racing news for those who bet online during the last week was the announcement that both of Richard Hannon’s star three-year-old milers are expected to stay in training next season. Canford Cliffs and Dick Turpin have proved themselves high class this term and the prospect of the pair continuing their rivalry into next racing season is something to look forward to, writes Elliot Slater.

Not that you’re going to have to wait until the other side of this coming winter to enjoy the spectacle, as Hannon’s colts are set to take each other on again at Glorious Goodwood next week in the feature Group 1 Sussex Stakes, a race that is likely to also include last year’s winner Rip Van Winkle, along with Chris Wall’s improving Premio Loco, Dermot Weld’s progressive Famous Name, and the consistent Dream Eater, amongst others.

Canford Cliffs is currently rated by those who like to place a Horse race bet as the best three-year-old miler in Europe, and even though he twice finished behind stable companion Dick Turpin earlier this season, punters don’t seem to be able to get enough of the forecast odds-on chance, after his romp to glory in the Irish 2000 Guineas and his subsequently impressive win at Royal Ascot in the St James’s Palace Stakes.

For his part, Dick Turpin, runner-up in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before filling the same position in the French equivalent and at Royal Ascot behind Canford Cliffs, finally got his much deserved first Group 1 win when hacking up by four lengths in the Prix Jean Prat at Saint Cloud last time out.

When you add the hugely talented Aidan O’Brien-trained Rip Van Winkle into the mix and forgive him a below-par effort on his seasonal debut at Ascot last time, this year’s Sussex Stakes could well turn out to be one of the best races of the 2010 season.

I think that Dick Turpin is the value bet in the race and wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him turn around Royal Ascot form with Canford Cliffs in what will be a race to savour.