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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.
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.
Distance Horse (Going) Date Winning time 5f Muthmir (Good to Firm) 31 Jul 2015 56.08s 6f Gifted Master (Good to Firm) 04 Aug 2018 1m 9.56s 7f Gossiping (Good to Firm) 06 May 2017 1m 24.11s 1m Extremity (Good to Firm) 29 Jul 2014 1m 35.82s 1m 1f 11y The Night Porter (Good to Firm) 04 Aug 2018 1m 53.34s 1m 1f 192y Sennockian Star (Good) 29 Jul 2014 2m 2.84s 1m 3f 44y Khalidi (Good) 26 May 2017 2m 22.77s 1m 3f 218y Cross Counter (Good to Firm) 04 Aug 2018 2m 31.39s 1m 6f Sir Chauvelin (Good to Firm) 04 Aug 2018 2m 58.34s 2m Big Orange (Good) 30 Jul 2015 3m 24.85s 2m 5f Teak (Good to Firm) 30 Jul 2014 4m 25.85s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L M Johnston 185 28 £711,995 15.14% -£8.67 M R Channon 123 19 £239,370 15.45% £12.83 Sir Michael Stoute 78 18 £686,119 23.08% -£20.05 W J Haggas 80 17 £484,040 21.25% -£6.93 R Hannon 193 16 £287,520 8.29% -£100.78 J H M Gosden 71 16 £877,304 22.54% -£19.41 A M Balding 108 13 £987,372 12.04% -£45.38 C Appleby 65 13 £568,335 20% -£20.05 C Hills 74 10 £603,798 13.51% -£40.55 D M Simcock 80 9 £941,111 11.25% -£0.13
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L Jim Crowley 142 27 £1,176,820 19.01% -£22.14 R L Moore 88 20 £2,143,185 22.73% -£27.46 Oisin Murphy 132 17 £990,894 12.88% -£36.63 S De Sousa 101 16 £459,597 15.84% -£10.67 W Buick 61 15 £704,438 24.59% £0.95 Andrea Atzeni 108 14 £1,226,789 12.96% £8.01 J Fanning 81 13 £206,077 16.05% £3.50 James Doyle 93 12 £152,645 12.9% -£23.75 Harry Bentley 90 12 £181,894 13.33% -£5.25 J P Spencer 72 11 £293,601 15.28% -£11.88
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