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30 Jul 2014: Kingman Camp Keep Cool before Duel on the Downs Clash

Kingman may be the clear favourite for the Qipco Sussex Stakes this afternoon, but the colt’s connections are taking nothing for granted. Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe acknowledges Kingman faces not just one, but three formidable opponents in the Glorious Goodwood highlight race.

John Gosden has done so well with Kingman this past season, including winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, that he looks set to run at even shorter odds than Frankel did in his first Sussex Stakes win three years ago.

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Kingman strong bet to take out Sussex Stakes PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

Kingman is currently a short 2-5 favourite for the race with Bet365 Bet365, followed by Toronado at 2-1. Outstrip (33) and Darwin (50) are outsiders in the race that has been dubbed a “duel on the downs” between Kingman and Toronado.

Grimthorpe has been quick to note the lack of respect shown to the other competitors, which recently included War Command until he was withdrawn for being lame, by suggesting the race is solely between the two market leaders alone, but that has definitely been what the media, bookmakers, and punters have focused on leading up to the meeting. He also notes last year’s winner Toronado is a highly formidable foe.

He said: “I’m always nervous when people say it’s a two-horse race as the others demand a bit of respect and in my experience if you take too blinkered a view you can come a cropper, either as an owner, a trainer or even a punter, but certainly we are very pleased with Kingman.

“His work has been good and we are all very positive about his well being since Royal Ascot.”

Grimthorpe will walk the course at Goodwood in the morning, but insists this is just part of his routine despite the ground being quicker than anticipated.

“We wish to run if we can, and obviously we will look at it [the ground], but I always walk the course before a Group 1 so there is nothing sinister about me doing that. Everything will be looked at carefully tomorrow, but at the moment the intention is still to run.”

Toronado may be the underdog of the race, but trainer Richard Hannon still believes he has a great chance of taking home his second Sussex Stakes win.

“They are two good horses and it’s going to be a very good race, but if ever we are to have a chance of beating Kingman it’s here at Goodwood, where he has the advantage of being proven on the course,” he said.

“He’s at least as good as he was when he came here last year, and probably better. He’s definitely stronger, and he has also toughened up mentally.”

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