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Sussex Stakes History

The Sussex Stakes is a Group One contest run at Glorious Goodwood over one mile for horses aged three years or older. 

Throughout the last 50 years it has gained momentum and is now the most eagerly awaited race of the whole five days of Glorious Goodwood.  Historically, the Sussex Stakes has been a chance for the up-and-coming stars to take their chance against the older horses. 

With an illustrious roll of honour the Sussex Stakes has seen some of the greatest horses in recent memory contest the great race and the equine talent on the winners board is sensational.

The incomparable Brigadier Gerard was an excellent winner in 1971 under Joe Mercer and more recently there have been some fantastic three-year-olds who have won the race.

Giant's Causeway was a notable winner in 2000, whilst Rock of Gibraltar's success in 2002 was one of sheer class as he stormed away from his rivals in the final furlong. 

Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and 2010 winner Canford Cliffs have all added substance to the roll of honour and it is a race that continues to grow in stature.

Sir Henry Cecil is the most successful trainer in this race with five wins, but with Ballydoyle supremo Aidan O'Brien, sitting on four winners, and constantly entering quality horses to the race it could all change over the next decade.

Recent Winners of Sussex Stakes

  • 2000 - Giant's Causeway
  • 2001 - Noverre
  • 2002 - Rock of Gibraltar
  • 2003 - Reel Buddy
  • 2004 - Soviet Song
  • 2005 - Proclamation
  • 2006 - Court Masterpiece
  • 2007 - Ramonti
  • 2008 - Henrythenavigator
  • 2009 - Rip Van WInkle
  • 2010 - Canford Cliffs
  • 2011 - Frankel
  • 2012 - Frankel
  • 2013 - Toronado
  • 2014 - Kingman