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Kingman and Toronado go head-to-head in Sussex Stakes

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Kingman will take on Toronado in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood this Wednesday, with the field narrowed down to just four for the Group 1 race.

The St James’ Palace Stakes winner will line up against Richard Hannon’s Toronado for the first time as he steps up against the older horses in the one-mile contest.

Small field

Four runners have been declared with Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien withdrawing War Command due to the horse feeling lame earlier in the week.

With the Kingman-Toronado battle the main spectacle of the meeting, a field of four dampens the excitement of the Group 1 race but should leave no questions with plenty of space to run.

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Toronado’s trainer Hannon believes his horse can still be a threat despite conceding 8lbs to Kingman.

High hopes

Speaking on his website, the trainer said: "Toronado's last piece of work was exceptional, and we could not be happier with him. He is definitely a stronger horse than he was last year, and he has also toughened up mentally.

"While we have huge respect for Kingman, Toronado has a course victory on his cv and that counts for a lot as Goodwood is not an easy track."

Betting market

BetFred currently have Kingman the 4/9 favourite, with the 2000 Guineas runner-up expected to topple Toronado, who is currently 15/8. War Command is a best-priced 22/1 in the market, with Outstrip drifting to 33/1.

Also on Wednesday, Maid in Rio is favourite to win the opener - the Goodwood Stakes - whilst the Group 3 Neptume Investment Management Stakes promises to be ultra-competitive with Snow Sky and Somewhat heading the market.

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