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Sussex Stakes Betting Preview PT 2

One of the best parts about wagering on Galileo Gold is that he always seems to provide a decent return for punters, even when going off as the betting favourite. Whether that says something about the amount of confidence in him, or just the fact that he's always up against a really quality assortment of opponents as this could be considered a rather deep year with no real dominant forces emerging like a Sea The Stars or Frankel.


Look for him trading at around a 7/4 margin but there is a good chance that he will go off a bit shorter than that – particularly as he will be used heavily in doubles and trebles with a fair amount likely to back him if he's making a particularly good pre-race appearance in his pursuit of a second victory at Goodwood.

If Galileo Gold is going to be disposed of in his pursuit of Sussex Stakes glory then there is every chance that the loss will come at the hands of The Gurkha with the lightly-raced Galileo colt being campaigned by the usual team at Coolmore. Out of a Danehill Dancer mare, The Gurkha boasts some solid performances since emerging in his maiden at Leopardstown back in early April – losing out to Claudio Monteverdi but then proceeding to rattle off a maiden score at Navan and then proceeding down to France for an eventful iteration of the Prix Des Poulains – and he took money from the punters (coming out of the gates at a 4/1 margin) and proceeding to roar home by a massive five length margin as he took on some of the best France has to offer.

He came up against some talent in his next two outings, however, losing out to Galileo Gold in the St James Palace despite being sent off as the betting choice with a very slim 4/5 price tag accompanying him out of the gates. He ran on very well that day under Ryan Moore but never really had a big chance of catching the Guineas winner and opted for a placing instead of the win which would have been coveted by his owners.

Following that he came up against a fit and ready Hawkbill as the Godolphin runner got the best of him in the Coral Eclipse. Again sent off as the prohibitive betting favourite he traded at a 4/6 margin prior to the race and that really helped him move forward and come a lot closer than he did in his previous effort. He only wound up actually losing by a half length to the Sheikh Al Maktoum-owned winner but he still ran on with plenty of credit but just couldn't find a better gear when he needed it most.


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