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Glorious Goodwood

The history of Goodwood is wonderfully rich. It stretches all the way back to the early 1800s and roll on over two centuries later and horse racing is still going strong there. The West Sussex course is the home of one of the biggest flat racing festivals in the UK. The official name of Glorious Goodwood is the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

This is a staple of the summer of British Flat racing and three of the UK’s Group 1 flat races are competed for during the Festival. That is the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. It is a fabulous track in a fabulous setting, overlooked by the Trundle Iron Age hill fort, Goodwood boasts a six-furlong straight and one of the most famous features of the course is the big loop which is uneven and presents difficult challenges for runners.

Sussex Stakes

The Sussex Stakes at Goodwood have been going since 1841. It is a one-mile affair for three-year-olds and up. The purse on the race hit the £1 million mark in 2018. The race gets its pride of place on the second day of the Festival. One of the most famous winners of the Sussex Stakes was the brilliant Frankel who won it in back to back years in 2011 and 2012.

Goodwood Cup

This is a battle over 2 tough miles at Goodwood for three-year-olds and up. This race was inaugurated in 1909 and if any horse can win the race three times during their career, their owner will get a commemorative silver cup. It was only back in 2017 that it had its status raised back up to Group 1. It is regarded as being one of the top events for “stayers” those endurance experts, in England. The most successful horse at the Goodwood Cup is Double Trigger who won it three times in their 1990’s.

Nassau Stakes

Another of the big Group 1 flat races in the UK. This race was inaugurated in 1840 and it is run over a distance of 1m 1f. It is open to both fillies and mares of at least three years of age. It got its Group 1 status back in 1999. The most successful horse ever at the Nassau Stakes is Midday who won it three times on the bounce from 2009 through 2011.

Day One – Tuesday 30 July

The opening day of Glorious Goodwood just isn’t about the racing, it’s also about a big social gathering. It is the scene to be seen at. The opening ceremony happens on Tuesday and the highlight race of the day is the Goodwood Cup worth £500,000. Stradivarius has won the last two editions of the race, famous stopping Big Orange from making it three in a row in 2017. Can Stradivarius nail the hattrick himself?

Day Two – Wednesday 31 July

The £1 million Qatar Sussex Stakes is the big highlight of the day. Leading the way in this year’s edition is Too Darn Hot who is the 5/4 favourite ahead of Circus Maximus. But just back in 2017 there was a massive upset in the race with 20/1 shot Here Comes When taking the win.

Day Three – Ladies Day Thursday 1 August

Thursday is Ladies’ Day at Glorious Goodwood and to start the day it is the ladies’ amateur jockey race, the Magnolia Cup. That is just the start of a wonderful day of racing of which, the highlight will be the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes worth £600,000.

Day Four – 2 August

The King George Stakes is one of the biggest flat races of the calendar year and twelve months ago it was the progressive Battaash who took the win. Away from the racing action, this is the day when the best-dressed lady in blue and white will be picked and the winner gets a trip to South Africa.

Day Five – 3 August

Taking the role as the headlining act on Saturday, the fifth and final day of the Goodwood Festival is the £250,000 Stewards Cup. This iconic 6-furlong sprint is one of the greatest spectacles of British racing. It’s a massive field all jockeying for position down the famous Goodwood straight.