John Gosden is looking for Raven’s Pass to turn the tables on Henrythenavigator when the two meet for the third time this season in the BGC Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.
The Stonerside Stable-owned three-year-old is in danger of becoming a nearly-horse after finishing runner-up in the Craven, the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Prix Jean Prat.
He also finished behind Henrythenavigator in the Guineas at Newmarket and while he pushed him closer at Royal Ascot, Gosden can offer no excuses.
“Raven’s Pass was confirmed in the race this morning and is an intended runner at this stage,” he said.
“We will take a look at the shape of the field but I would be hopeful of another good run.
“The race wasn’t quite run to suit at Chantilly (Jean Prat) but there were no excuses in the St James’s Palace Stakes, that’s as good as he was at Ascot.
“The ground shouldn’t be an issue – good, good to firm, good to soft, they all suit him.”
One horse who will not be in opposition at Goodwood is last year’s winner Ramonti, who will miss the race following the recurrence of a hind-leg infection.
“Unfortunately the hind-leg infection that kept Ramonti off the track earlier in the year has recurred and he will have to miss his intended engagement next week,” said Godolphin spokesman Simon Crisford.
“All future plans are on hold as we do not know how long this situation will take to resolve.”
Henrythenavigator will be seeking a fourth Group One victory following his Classic double and impressive success in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
O’Brien has also left Astronomer Royal, US Ranger, Minneapolis and three-year-old Windsor Palace in the one-mile heat.
Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Winker Watson also represents the three-year-old division in the Sussex along with Dream Eater and Falmouth Stakes heroine Nahoodh.
Richard Hannon’s Major Cadeaux and the Chapple-Hyam-trained Tariq complete the list of 11 possibles.