£1 million carrot for Sussex Stakes showdown

Updated: April 7, 2012

The prospect of the two best horses in the world,Black Cavair and Frankel, meeting this season could move a step closer after Qipco promised to raise prize money for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes to £1 million.

It has been the long held belief that if the two superstar horses were to meet it would be over the 1 mile trip of the Sussex Stakes in August.

Any meeting will depend on the respective campaigns for the two horses. Frankel is set to step up to a mile and a quarter at some point this season, with the Juddmonte International the first chance he will have, while Black Cavair will most likely keep to seven furlongs.

That hasn’t put off Qipco,who sponsor the Sussex Stakes, from putting up a £1 million carrot in front of the two set of connections. Sheikh Fahad, speaking to the Racing Post said “In their respective home countries, Frankel and Black Caviar have ignited levels of public interest matched only by true champions of the past. The sport is blessed to have two such outstanding horses competing at the same time and consequently we felt it would be remiss not to make every effort to try to bring about the race everyone wants to see.

“The Sussex Stakes is arguably the only realistic chance of the two horses meeting, and we are delighted to make the gesture of increasing the prize fund to £1m as an incentive to the connections of both horses to run at Goodwood.”

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