Kameko Dropping Back To A Mile For Sussex Stakes


2000 Guineas winner Kameko is set to take on Irish 2000 Guineas winner Siskin at Glorious Goodwood in two weeks, dropping back to a mile for the Group One Sussex Stakes.

The three year old at the back end of his juvenile career beat a decent field of youngsters at Newcastle in the Vertem Futurity Stakes.

On his seasonal reappearance he ripped apart an even better field in the 2000 Guineas, showing some serious pace to beat the other runners which included champion two year old Pinatubo.

He was stepped up in trip for the Epsom Derby and with many thinking the horse would not stay they and is better at a mile, they were right as he could only finish fourth.

Andrew Balding does feel he will get further than a mile and on the evidence of the Derby going up to 1 mile 2 furlongs could play to his strengths and a crack at the Juddmonte International at York next month could be in the offing.

However, before that he will head to Goodwood where he will be looking to get back to winning ways, but he faces very stiff competition.

(Credit AtTheRaces) Sheikh Fahad’s racing and bloodstock adviser David Redvers said: “There’s been lively in-house debate and Sheikh Fahad is keen to go with Andrew’s preferred option, which at the moment looks like it will be the Sussex.

“We need to have a meeting of the two Guineas winners to see which is the better and it looks to me like the Sussex is where we are leaning at the moment.

“It depends on other factors, such as weather and how the horse is, but at the moment it looks like that is where we are heading

.“Going to the Sussex gives you more time if you wanted to go to the Juddmonte, which has been Andrew’s target all along.

“He bounced out of the Derby very well and will have had quite a lot of quick runs if he does go to the Juddmonte, but a bit like Roaring Lion, Kitten’s Joy seems to make them out of tough stuff.

“If we’d gone to the Jacques le Marois it would have been a choice between that and the Juddmonte. This gives Andrew the option of doing both.”