Sussex Stakes 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Andrea Atzeni gets the ride on Sussex Stakes favourite Without Parole
Andrea Atzeni gets the ride on Sussex Stakes favourite Without Parole

Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Wednesday's Sussex Stakes, and pick out their 1-2-3...

"Remains open to further improvement and looks the one to beat again despite tackling his elders for the first time..."

Timeform on Without Parole

1. BEAT THE BANK (Andrew Balding/Jim Crowley)
Most progressive in 2017, wins including listed race at Newmarket, Thoroughbred Stakes over C&D at this meeting and Joel Stakes at Newmarket. Progressed with each run this season, proving at least as good as ever when winning Summer Mile Stakes by neck from Lord Glitters at Ascot last time. Likely to continue to give a good account now that he's found his form.

2. LIGHTNING SPEAR (David Simcock/Oisin Murphy)
Won Celebration Mile over C&D (by nose from Zonderland) for second year running in 2017, and generally has a good record here, beaten a length in third by Here Comes When in this race last year. Proved as good as ever when beaten a short head by Rhododendron in Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on return in May, and confirmed that effort when three-quarter length third to Accidental Agent in Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. Clearly at the top of his game, but may prove vulnerable to some less-exposed rivals here.

3. LORD GLITTERS (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Very smart performer who won Balmoral Handicap (by neck from Gm Hopkins) on second start for this yard in 2017, and has quickly graduated into pattern company this season, finishing second in Queen Anne Stakes (beaten half a length by Accidental Agent) and Summer Mile (beaten neck by Beat The Bank) last two starts. Very consistent sort who is yet to finish out of the first two in Britain, and another bold bid is expected.

4. SO BELOVED (David O'Meara/Adam Kirby)
Not the easiest to win with, losing run stretching back to May 2016. Good second in 7f Criterion Stakes at Newmarket (length behind Sir Dancealot) in June, and respectable half-length second to Larchmont Lad in Minstrel Stakes over same trip at the Curragh last time. This much more competitive, though, and hard to see him getting seriously involved (also declared for Tuesday's Lennox Stakes).

5. EXPERT EYE (Sir Michael Stoute/James Doyle)
Created excellent impression when winning first two starts in 2017, notably Vintage Stakes over 7f at this meeting (by four and a half lengths from Zaman). Disappointed next three starts, but very much back on track when winning Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last time by four and a half lengths from Society Power, making rapid headway two furlongs out and forging clear. Cost connections £70,000 to supplement him for this, and given the impression he made at this meeting 12 months ago, he has to be high on the shortlist. Should stay 1m.

6. GUSTAV KLIMT (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)
Well-made colt who won Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown (by one and three quarter lengths from Imaging) in April, and produced best effort yet when second in St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot (half a length behind Without Parole) in June. Not in same form in Prix Jean Prat at Deauville last time, and hard to see him reversing the form with Without Parole here.

7. ORBAAN (Andre Fabre/Silvestre de Sousa)
Won 10-runner maiden at Maisons-Laffitte in May (by two and a half lengths from Haudricourt) and improved again when following up in listed race at Saint-Cloud last time by short neck from Red Mist, finishing strongly. Open to further improvement on just fourth career start, and needs respecting in lining up for top trainer who won this race with a three-year-old in 1987.

8. WITHOUT PAROLE (John Gosden/Andrea Atzeni)
Strong, attractive colt who has won all four starts to date, including listed race at Sandown (by three quarters of a length from Gabr) and St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last time by half a length from Gustav Klimt. Value for more than the winning margin that day after making his move earlier than the runner-up, and fully expected to confirm that form. Remains open to further improvement and looks the one to beat again despite tackling his elders for the first time.

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