All Eyes On Sussex Stakes For Phoenix Of Spain

All Eyes On Sussex Stakes For Phoenix Of Spain

Trainer Charlie Hills believes Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain can return to form when reopposing Too Darn Hot and co in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next week.

The grey colt out of Lope De Vega confirmed his juvenile promise when scoring on his seasonal comeback in the opening Irish classic of the season at the Curragh.

He comfortably got the better of champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot who finished second - though in his defence, the son of Dubawi had just run in the Dante seven days before at York.

However, he could not improve on that effort in the St James's Palace Stakes when a well beaten sixth by Circus Maximus - and was nowhere near Too Darn Hot (third), who has since come out and returned to winning ways himself in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.

The Lord Lloyd Webber-owned colt is currently priced as the 5/4 favourite with most firms, whilst Phoenix Of Spain fights out second favouritism with the former's stablemate King Of Comedy.

Phoenix Of Spain's trainer Charlie Hills is not worried about the ante-post prices.

(Credit: AtTheRaces) He said: “I can’t see a reason why we could not beat Too Darn Hot again.

“I was impressed by him [TDH] last time in France, and he is a horse with a lot of speed.

"I think we will see on the day which tactics to use. We wouldn’t want a slow pace. We’ve had a good chance to freshen him up – he has had two weeks going quiet, and his weight is very good.

“He did a nice piece of work at the weekend,and we managed to get him on the grass – which was important. I think Goodwood could be a good place for him.”

Reflecting on his defeat at the royal meeting, Hills - also looking forward to unleashing Battaash in the King George Stakes, believes the soft ground got the better of the three-year-old.

“Coming into the two, he was travelling well, and I thought he was going to pick up and go away.

“He probably just floundered in that ground. It was horrible conditions for that race – it was loose on top, and he didn’t handle that surface too well.

“All his best performances have been on fast ground, and I think that is what he needs.”

The step-up in trip could be on the itinerary list for Phoenix Of Spain following his visit to the Sussex Downs next week.

The three-time career winner holds entries in the Juddmonte International at York and the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes - both of which over the extended ten furlongs.

Hills said: “I’d like to think we would go 10 furlongs later in the year – but at this stage I would like to win a couple more mile races.

“If we could win a couple more Group Ones he could hopefully be a champion.”

Free Bets & Offers


✅ GET UP TO £50 MONEY BACK IN CASH!!! ✅
New UK users only. The cash refund will equal the amount of your first deposit up to £50. Payment restrictions & T&Cs apply. 18+ BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
🔸 BET £10 ON TODAYS RACING & GET £30 FREE BETS + £10 CASINO BONUS! 🔸
Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
🔥 ✅ BET £10 & GET £60 IN FREE BETS! ✅ 🔥
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 BET £10, GET £30 IN FREE BETS + MONEY BACK ON ALL LOSERS IN THE 13:45! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&Cs apply. **18+. IRE & UK mobile customers & in-shop BoyleXtra cardholders. Max Free Bet refund £/€10 on losing selections. Applies to first bet on race from 3pm Friday 21st January on win single & win part of each way single on the outright market. Applies to selected races as advertised on mobile. Antepost/combined odds/Free/void/cashed out bets won't qualify. Free Bet will expire after 7 days. T&Cs apply.
CLAIM HERE
🐎 BET £10 ON RACING & GET £40 IN FREE BETS!!! 🐎
Place a £10 bet on horse racing (21 - 23 Jan), at min. odds 1/5 (1.2) — get £40 in free bets. Only deposits via cards will qualify, Apple pay not valid on this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔥 BET £10 ON RACING & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! 🔥
Place a £10 Sportsbook bet on any Horse Racing market between the 21st & 23rd of January, at min. odds 1/5 (1.2) — get £40 in free bets on bet settlement, valid 30 days. Only deposits via Cards will qualify (Apple Pay deposits excluded). T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🚀 £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £5 BET 🚀
New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions. Further t&cs apply. 18+. Begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
🏇🏼 BET £10 ON ANY RACE TODAY & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! 🏇🏼
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ UP TO £50 MONEY BACK AS CASH IF ANY OF YOUR FIRST 5X £10 FOOTBALL BETS LOSE ⚽️
Place 5x£10 Single Sportsbook bets on any Football market at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs) between the 18th and 31st January, and get money back as Cash if it loses. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10 (up to £50 in total). Only deposits made via Cards will be eligible for the promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔴 BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS! ⚫️
New customers only. Place a £10 fixed odds bet min odds 1/2, 2 x £10 free bets & 2x free spread bets. Free bets awarded on consecutive days. Full t&c’s apply.
Claim Bonus

🏆 Money Back as CASH up to £20 if your first bet loses! 🏆
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Football market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔥 BET £10 ON ANY SPORT & GET £20 IN FREE BETS 🔥
18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit,: £10, max £20 free bets valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. begambleaware.org.
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & get £30 in bonuses! 🌟
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus £10 Game Show Bonus, selected games, wager 40x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🤩 BET £10 AT MANSION BET AND GET A £10 FREE BET 🤩
New customers only. Min deposit and bet £10 (£20 if E/W bet) from UK debit card only. Min odds evens (1/5 per leg in multi selection). £10 Free Bet vaild for 7 days, stake not returned, no Cash Out, max winnings £5k. T&C’s apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus