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 Battaash (Good to Firm) 31 Jul 2020 55.62s 6f Gifted Master (Good to Firm) 04 Aug 2018 1m 9.56s 7f Billesdon Brook (Good) 02 Aug 2019 1m 23.75s 1m Beat Le Bon (Good to Firm) 02 Aug 2019 1m 35.28s 1m 1f 11y Brother In Arms (Good) 25 Aug 2019 1m 51.21s 1m 1f 197y Deirdre (Good) 01 Aug 2019 2m 2.93s 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 Soldier In Action (Good) 04 Sep 2018 3m 24.86s 2m 4f 134y Lil Rockerfeller (Good) 01 Aug 2018 4m 28.5s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L M Johnston 197 27 £766,584 13.71% -£79.41 A M Balding 123 19 £268,815 15.45% -£54.22 W J Haggas 86 18 £454,047 20.93% -£5.18 R M Beckett 70 14 £205,164 20% £25.35 R Hannon 171 13 £348,225 7.6% -£71.50 J H M Gosden 64 13 £1,679,440 20.31% -£24.75 C Appleby 34 10 £662,355 29.41% -£4.06 C G Cox 65 9 £250,373 13.85% -£20.25 C Hills 73 9 £655,296 12.33% -£18.61 A W Carroll 50 9 £48,549 18% £4.58
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L Oisin Murphy 172 30 £1,230,400 17.44% -£30.37 Harry Bentley 121 23 £386,727 19.01% £54.64 Jim Crowley 106 16 £1,120,941 15.09% -£66.33 Tom Marquand 115 15 £228,170 13.04% -£5.25 James Doyle 83 15 £281,755 18.07% -£11.04 R L Moore 96 12 £582,653 12.5% -£40.60 J Fanning 93 12 £229,593 12.9% -£47.62 S De Sousa 94 10 £414,465 10.64% -£44.69 A Kirby 52 10 £313,723 19.23% -£10.00 W Buick 53 9 £551,595 16.98% -£23.47
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