GOODWOOD are confident Dawn Approach and Toronado will have a re-run of their epic Royal Ascot duel in the Sussex Stakes.
And another of the stars of the opening day at Ascot - Aiden O’Brien’s Declaration of War - could take them on in the one-mile showpiece race on the second day of Glorious Goodwood.
And if Farhh, who like Dawn Approach is owned by Godolphin, recovers from injury and lines up too, it will be an awesome foursome helping race-goers forget about the absence of the 2011 and 2012 winner Frankel.
Officials at Goodwood are also hoping O’Brien may bring to their festival his surprise winner of the Coventry Stakes for two-year-olds at Ascot, War Command.
Adam Waterworth, racecourse managing director at Goodwood, said: “The first day of Royal Ascot was a key day for us with the Queen Anne Stakes and St James’ Palace Stakes both featuring horses who are entered in our QIPCO Sussex Stakes.
“Aiden O’Brien is a good supporter of Goodwood and it would be lovely to see Declaration of War come to the Sussex - possibly going up against Farhh, who beat him in the Lockinge at Newbury a month ago.
“We’d also be hopeful of seeing Dawn Approach take on Toronado again. The St James’ Palace Stakes was a superb race and I think you can say Toronado was unfortunate.
“If we see these horses in the Sussex, and we’re confident we will, we’ll be delighted.
“Our job now is to talk to the trainers about their plans and do everything we can to get the very best horses to our festival.
“The fact the Sussex Stakes is the first time the older horses and the best three-year-olds get to meet is a real selling point for us, and I’m confident no-one watching it this year will still be thinking about Frankel’s absence.”
Glorious Goodwood runs from Tuesday, July 30, to Saturday, August 3, and there are currently 49 entries for the Sussex Stakes on July 31.