Glorious Goodwood Festival
- Venue: Goodwood racecourse, Sussex
- Date: Tuesday 31 July to Saturday 4 August
Coverage: Live coverage of the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday 1 August at 15:10 BST on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Unbeaten Frankel will seek a 12th straight win as he bids to defend his Sussex Stakes title at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.
The colt is rated about a 1-16 shot by bookmakers to see off his three rivals.
His trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, enjoyed an opening day festival double.
Cecil is having cancer treatment and is unable to attend this week, but Frankel's brother
took the Gordon Stakes in a photo finish and
won the Lennox Stakes.
Frankel's previous wins
- 13 Aug 2010, Newmarket
- bt Nathaniel by 1/2 length
- 10 Sep 2010, Doncaster
- bt Rainbow Springs by 13 lengths
- 25 Sep 2010, Ascot, Royal Lodge Stakes
- bt Klammer by 10 lengths
- 16 Oct 2010, Newmarket Dewhurst Stakes
- bt Roderic O'Connor by 2¼ lengths
- 16 Apr 2011, Newbury, Greenham Stakes
- bt Excelebration by 4 lengths
- 30 Apr 2011, Newmarket, 2000 Guineas
- bt Dubawi Gold by 6 lengths
- 14 Jun 2011, Ascot, St James's Palace Stakes
- bt Zoffany by ¾ length
- 27 Jul 2011, Goodwood, Sussex Stakes
- bt Canford Cliffs by 5 lengths
- 15 Oct 2011, Ascot, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
- bt Excelebration by 4 lengths
- 19 May 2012 Newbury, Lockinge Stake
s - bt Excelebration by 5 lengths
- 19 June 2012, Ascot, Queen Anne Stakes -
bt Excelebration by 11 lengths
Frankel, the world's top-rated racehorse,
beat Canford Cliffs by five lengths
in last year's Sussex Stakes.
Opposition on Wednesday includes Godolphin's four-year-old
third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes
at Royal Ascot and
second in the Coral-Eclipse
at Sandown last time.
Stablemate and pacemaker
and Richard Fahey's
who stepped up from handicap company to finish fifth in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, are the only other runners.
Mark Johnston, seven times leading trainer at the prestigious Goodwood meeting, claimed an impressive victory in the opening race of the week as new jockey Darren Egan picked up the pace two furlongs out to win by two-and-a-half lengths on
Cecil then secured the Gordon Stakes for the second time - the first was way back in 1983 when Lester Pigott rode John French.
Encke, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, appeared to have the race won on the rails, but Tom Queally pressed Noble Mission and edged the photograph by a nose, with favourite Michelangelo third.
The Richard Hannon-Richard Hughes partnership was looking for a third win in five years in the Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs, but finished a length and a half adrift in second as Chachamaidee powered through the field.
Clerk of the Course Seamus Buckley was pleased with the first day of the festival and expects Wednesday to be just as successful.
Frankel wins 11th consecutive race at Royal Ascot
"The trainers and the jockeys are happy and say that the course rode extremely well," he said.
"We won't be doing anything out of the ordinary before racing tomorrow apart from getting the course all walked back and levelled. We're hopeful of another dry day tomorrow following a dry night so it looks like we'll still be racing on good ground tomorrow."
Ladies' Day on Thursday features the Goodwood Cup over two miles, won last year by Frankie Dettori on
who was second to Dettori and Colour Vision in this year's
Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
There are currently 43 horses entered for the Goodwood Mile on Friday, with John Gosden-trained four-year-old
highly regarded after completing successive wins over the distance in the Challenge Handicap at Sandown.
owned by golfer Lee Westwood and agent Chubby Chandler, has withdrawn from Saturday's Stewards' Cup.
third in the Summer Stakes at York last time, has been at the head of the market for some time and is still in contention for a start.
Also on the final day is the Group One Nassau Stakes, won for the last three years by Cecil's Midday, who has since been retired.
is Cecil's offering this year, while Gosden has strong contenders in