Some impressive names adorn the roll call for the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday and RIBCHESTER (Goodwood, 3.35) should add his name to an illustrious list.
Solow, Kingman, Canford Cliffs and history-breaker Frankel have all lifted the prestigious Group One prize in the last decade and Richard Fahey’s four-year-old could well have been bidding to emulate the wonderful Frankel had the cards dropped his way 12 months ago.
Beaten only half a length by The Gurkha in last year’s renewal after suffering an interrupted passage, Ribchester might have been striving to be crowned just the second dual winner of Wednesday afternoon’s feature inits 176-year history had he been successful, but that is perhaps being a little presumptuous.
Ribchester should add his name to the impressive roll call for the Qatar Sussex Stakes
The Queen Anne Stakes winner from Ascot must first lower the colours of Qipco Guineas winner Churchill, among others, before he can be spoken of in the same breath as the likes of Frankel, but his Royal victory served to silence one or two doubters who have queried the gelding’s ability to perform at the highest level.
There is little doubt Ribchester has improved with maturity and experience but the partnership with William Buick has also reaped rich dividends and the