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Glorious Goodwood


Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House. It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting in late July and early August, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to three of the UK’s 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. Although the race meeting has become known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, it is sponsored by Qatar and officially called the ‘Qatar Goodwood Festival’ .

It is considered to enjoy a very attractive setting to the north of Trundle Iron Age hill fort, which is used as an informal grandstand with views of the whole course. One problem is that its proximity to the coast means that it can get very foggy.

The Qatar Goodwood Festival

This is an unusual, complex racecourse with a straight six furlongs — the “Stewards’ Cup Course” — which is uphill for the first furlong and mostly downhill thereafter. There is a tight right-handed loop at the far end of the straight on which there are starts for various longer distance courses. These include the 1 mile 2 furlongs (1m 2f) “Craven Course”, the 1m 4f “Gratwicke Course” and the 1m 6f “Bentinck Course”. The start for the 2m 5f “Cup Course” is quite close to the winning post – horses travel outwards on the straight, around the loop and back. Throughout the loop there are severe undulations and sharp turns. The course is used for flat racing only.

Qatar Goodwood Festival 2019 - The Oxford Magazine

From 1968 to 1970 the course’s late summer meeting was shown on ITV, and from the early 2000s some races from the course occasionally appeared on Channel 4, but otherwise the course had been covered exclusively by the BBC for 50 years from 1956 (when it first appeared on television) to 2006. In 2007 the rights passed to Channel 4 Racing. From 2017 races will be live on ITV Racing after the channel won the rights to televise horse racing from Channel 4.

In the late 18th century, Goodwood became the location for the first flag start on a British racecourse, at the behest of Lord George Bentinck, after a particularly shambolic start involving jockey Sam Arnull caused by an elderly deaf starter with a speech impediment.

Notable races

MonthMeetingDOWRace NameTypeGradeDistanceAge/Sex
MaySpring MeetingSaturdayDaisy Warwick StakesFlatListed1m 4f4yo + f
MaySpring MeetingThursdayHeight of Fashion StakesFlatListed1m 1f 192y3yo only f
MaySpring MeetingFridayCocked Hat StakesFlatListed1m 3f3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalTuesdayMolecomb StakesFlatGroup 35f2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalTuesdayLennox StakesFlatGroup 27f3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesdayVintage StakesFlatGroup 27f2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesdayGordon StakesFlatGroup 31m 4f3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesdaySussex StakesFlatGroup 11m3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursdayRichmond StakesFlatGroup 26f2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursdayLillie Langtry StakesFlatGroup 21m 6f3yo + f
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursdayGoodwood CupFlatGroup 12m3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFridayOak Tree StakesFlatGroup 37f3yo + f
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFridayKing George StakesFlatGroup 25f3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFridayThoroughbred StakesFlatGroup 31m3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFridayGlorious StakesFlatGroup 31m 4f4yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalSaturdayStewards’ CupFlatHandicap6f3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalSaturdayNassau StakesFlatGroup 11m 1f 192y3yo + f
AugustAugust MeetingSaturdayCelebration MileFlatGroup 21m3yo +
AugustAugust MeetingSaturdayPrestige StakesFlatGroup 37f2yo only f
AugustAugust MeetingSaturdayMarch StakesFlatListed1m 6f3yo only
AugustAugust MeetingSundaySupreme StakesFlatGroup 37f3yo +
SeptemberAutumn MeetingWednesdayFoundation StakesFlatListed1m 1f 192y3yo +
SeptemberAutumn MeetingTuesdayStardom StakesFlatConditions7f2yo only

Other races

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