Kingman/Toronado clash is on
Kingman and Toronado are among a field of just five runners in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
Since his narrow defeat in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May, the John Gosden-trained Kingman has claimed hugely impressive victories in the Irish Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to confirm himself the leading three-year-old miler in the country.
Toronado, last year's Sussex Stakes hero, made a winning return to action in the Queen Anne at the Royal meeting but as he is a year older than his major rival, he must concede 8lb in the latest renewal of the 'Duel on the Downs', the unofficial subtitle first given to the race when Frankel beat Canford Cliffs three years ago.
Aidan O'Brien sends two challengers on the trip from Ireland in the shape of Darwin and War Command.
Darwin looks to have his work cut out having been beaten in the Group Three Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh less than a fortnight ago, while War Command won the Dewhurst as a juvenile, but has been well beaten in three starts this year.
The field is completed by another three-year-old in Charlie Appleby's Godolphin runner Outstrip.
He finished off well to take third behind Kingman at Royal Ascot, but it would be a major surprise if he were to turn the tables.