Goodwood Course Guide

Situated on the picturesque South Downs, high above the English south-coast town of Chichester, on a sunny day Goodwood is one of Britain’s finest racecourses. The track is unique in more ways than one and the switchback nature of the course can favour those with previous experience at the track (see below), but that doesn’t stop it from hosting one of the flagship meetings of the British racing calendar.

Staged during the height of summer, ‘Glorious’ Goodwood has long been the midsummer highlight of the racing calendar and its status was further boosted in 2015 with the unveiling of a 10-year sponsorship deal with Qatar. Feature races include the Sussex Stakes – often billed as the Duel on the Downs – which frequently sees the best three-year-old miler take on the best older horse for the first time, plus the Goodwood Cup, Nassau Stakes and the Stewards’ Cup.

Outside of the big festival Goodwood also stages an important three-day spring meeting in May and another over three days in late August, when the feature race is the Celebration Mile.

Flat Racing

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Right handed. There are two bends; all races up to a mile and a quarter use the lower bend, and in excess of eleven furlongs use the top bend. Although there is a five-furlong run-in from the top bend, the turns and the pronounced downhill gradients make Goodwood essentially a sharp track, favouring handy types, particularly in the shorter-distance races. The five-furlong course is one of the fastest in the country, meaning speedy sorts often have an advantage. A notoriously tricky course, those held up regularly meeting trouble in the straight, particularly when kept to the rail.

Goodwood’s stewards are surely among the busiest in Britain, as it’s tricky to ride and it’s easy to run into traffic problems, especially on the round course. The bottom turn claims its share of victims, because the ground there runs away from you, while the bend into the home straight is very sharp. You get congestion on the dogleg, too, as normally a fair few are still in contention at that point. On the sprint course, the quickest way home is in a straight line, which means the middle is usually a good spot.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver

Advance Going

  • Good to soft

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13:50 Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap (Consolation Race for The Stewards' Cup)

(Class 2) (6f)
Black, yellow sleeves, black armlets, black cap, yellow stars (Johnnie Delta Racing)
  • Winner: Tommy G
  • Jockey: S De Sousa
  • Trainer: J S Goldie
  • Owner: Johnnie Delta Racing

14:25 Qatar Summer Handicap

(Class 2) (1m 6f)
Black and pink diabolo, black sleeves, pink cap, black star (Mr J Fyffe, Mrs M Craig, Mr G Thoms)
  • Winner: Sir Chauvelin
  • Jockey: R Winston
  • Trainer: J S Goldie
  • Owner: Mr J Fyffe, Mrs M Craig, Mr G Thoms

15:00 Qatar Gordon Stakes (Group 3)

(Class 1) (1m 3f 218y)
Royal blue (Godolphin)
  • Winner: Cross Counter
  • Jockey: W Buick
  • Trainer: C Appleby
  • Owner: Godolphin

15:40 Unibet Stewards' Cup Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

(Class 2) (6f)
Maroon and royal blue (quartered), maroon sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap, maroon star (Dr Ali Ridha)
  • Winner: Gifted Master
  • Jockey: Jason Watson
  • Trainer: Hugo Palmer
  • Owner: Dr Ali Ridha

16:15 Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 2) (7f)
Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs Fitri Hay)
  • Winner: Duke Of Hazzard
  • Jockey: David Probert
  • Trainer: P F I Cole
  • Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay

16:50 Qatar Handicap

(Class 2) (7f)
Silver, royal blue cap (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum)
  • Winner: Vale Of Kent
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

17:25 Qatar Apprentice Handicap

(Class 3) (1m 1f 11y)
Yellow, black seams, black cap (Mr M Channon)
  • Winner: The Night Porter
  • Jockey: Scott McCullagh
  • Trainer: M R Channon
  • Owner: Mr M Channon

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Goodwood Racecourse
West Sussex
PO18 0PS
01243 755022

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