Glorious Goodwood Betting Tips – 30th July to 3rd August 2019

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Although officially known as the Qatar Goodwood Festival, racing fans everywhere know the five day summer meeting as Glorious Goodwood. This is the highlight of mid-summer in the British flat racing season and there are a whole host of cracking races taking place on all five days.

Goodwood is located in West Sussex and is a beautiful course operated by the Duke of Richmond’s estate, nearby Goodwood House being the seat of the Duke.

Since Qatar’s sponsorship of the meeting the prize money on offer has grown astronomically. That means that we frequently see the best of the best at Goodwood and with so many great races each day the Festival is right up there with the biggest and best in terms of betting opportunities.

Weather

Glorious Goodwood 2019 Weather Forecast

Forecast via Met Office

The heatwave that hit Britain last week very much broke over the weekend and the weather forecast for the coming week paints a mixed picture. The going should be eased at Goodwood given the relatively heavy rain expected to fall in the first three days of racing before it brightens up a bit over Friday and Saturday.

Day One: Tuesday 30th July 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
1:50 Unibet Handicap 1m2f What’s The Story to win at 10/1
2:25 Vintage Stakes 7f Visinari to win at 9/2
3:00 Lennox Stakes 7f Hey Gaman to win at 13/2
3:35 Goodwood Cup 2m Stradivarius to win at 4/5
4:10 European Breeders Fund
EBF Maiden Stakes
6f Cobra Eye to win
4:45 Chelsea Barracks Handicap 1m4f Dark Shot to win
5:15 Unibet Fillies’ Handicap 1m Rux Power each way

One of the most important long distance races of the season takes top billing on Day One of Glorious Goodwood. Betting for the Goodwood Cup is dominated by Stradivarius once again but there are chances to beat the bookies in each of Tuesday’s seven races. This is where our money will be going!

Unibet Handicap

1:50, Class 2, 1m2f

The Unibet Handicap was oversubscribed to the tune of 15 horses with all manner of different owners trying to get their hands on the very impressive £46,000 first prize. The Unibet Handicap is open to horses aged four and older but it’s rare to see a winner aged over five. It’s also rare for a favourite to win and What’s The Story can continue that trend by winning at 10/1. He’s highly experienced in this sort of competitive handicap and has every chance of landing another lucrative win, lucrative for both connections and, at double-digit odds, punters too.

What’s The Story to win at 10/1

Vintage Stakes

2:25, Group 2, 7f

The Vintage Stakes is one of a number of chances for two-year-olds to take centre stage. This Group 2 almost always goes to a horse who has already won over either 6f or 7f whilst most recent winners headed to Goodwood on the back of a victory.

Mystery Power has already proven his class with victory in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes. That means he carries a 3lb penalty which could be too much for him in the Vintage Stakes. That leaves the door ajar for Visinari. Mark Johnston’s charge may have disappointed when failing to win last time out but we can forgive that and the return to 7f should suit him down to the ground at nice enough odds of 9/2.

Visinari to win at 9/2

Lennox Stakes

3:00, Group 2, 7f

The fate of three-year-olds against their older rivals is always one of the key angles at Glorious Goodwood. That certainly used to be an important element of the Lennox Stakes earlier in the race’s history but younger horses have found the going tougher in this 7f contest in more recent years.

It’s four and five-year-olds who dominate the top of the betting for the 2019 Lennox Stakes and it does look a tough task for younger horses such as Space Traveller or Never No More to make too much of an impact in the closing stages. Sir Michael Stoute and Aidan O’Brien have had much success with older horses during their training careers and they are well represented as ever with Zaki and Le Brivido, the two favourites. James Tate could just be able to get one over on his more illustrious training counterparts though as Hey Gaman looks to have a great chance.

Tate was delighted with the four-year-old’s performance in a high class renewal of the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal at Longchamp and has no immediate plans to run Hey Gaman over a mile. No horse will try harder than Hey Gaman in the Lennox Stakes. Combine that work rate and effort with some genuine pace and you have the recipe for a value winner at 13/2.

Hey Gaman to win at 13/2

Goodwood Cup

3:35, Group 1, 2m

The Goodwood Cup is the feature race of Day One at Glorious Goodwood. The result of this 2m contest will have implications far beyond West Sussex though as it is the second leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown and one of three mandatory legs in the Stayers’ Million. Stradivarius won this race last season en route to winning the Triple Crown and the £1 million bonus and he is ready to do it all again.

Frankie Dettori has had the pleasure of riding some of the very best horses on the flat. As his distinguished career comes to an end Stradivarius is right up there towards the top of the list of horses that he is looking forward to partnering in the coming months. Dettori was absolutely delighted with the heart shown by Stradivarius in his Yorkshire Cup and Ascot Gold Cup wins. The five-year-old showed all of his staying prowess but also that he retains the required heart for a real battle. He’ll need that heart again at Goodwood but should prove to be too good for the opposition at 4/5.

De Ex Bee (4/1) and Southern France (12/1) pushed Stradivarius close in the favourite’s two performances this season. They both warrant each way support but this really is a race in which backing an odds-on favourite looks the most sensible play.

Stradivarius to win at 4/5

European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes

4:10, Class 2, 6f

We’ve already seen some impressive performances from a host of juveniles this season but it’s not quite happened for all of them. That’s to be expected at this earliest stage of their careers and many of those running in this maiden have the potential to kick on and be competitive amongst pattern company as they mature. Cobra Eye is one of those who has run well without winning. He was beaten only by the smart looking Treble Treble on his debut and having done little wrong that day can improve to win at Goodwood.

Cobra Eye to win

Chelsea Barracks Handicap

4:45, Class 2, 5f

The Chelsea Barracks Handicap is one of the newest races at Glorious Goodwood but it’s already become a popular contest. In just four renewals this sprint handicap has been won by horses with SPs of 16/1, 33/1, 13/2 and 14/1. Clearly, this is no easy puzzle for punters but those winners suggest you should focus on horses carrying 9st or less. Dark Shot is one horse who is surely well treated by the handicapper. The six-year-old has shown some excellent pace this season and could burst through the pack to win. He may well go off as favourite but despite his odds being shorter than some recent winners, he’s the one for us here.

Dark Shot to win at 5/1

Unibet Fillies’ Handicap

5:15, Class 3, 1m

The Unibet Fillies’ Handicap is the last race of the day and as such isn’t the highest fare. Still, it carries a decent prize fund and was oversubscribed. The 1m race is open to horses aged three and older with a maximum rating of 95. The three prior renewals did not produce shocks in the betting but this looks an unpredictable contest. Waiting for the market in this type of race can often be a decent call but right now we favour a small each way play on Infanta Isabella at 14/1.

Infanta Isabella each way at 14/1

Day Two: Wednesday 31st July 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
1:50 Unibet GoodwoodHandicap 2m4½f Fun Mac each way at 14/1
2:25 Unibet Handicap 1m4f Moon King to win at 12/1
3:00 Molecomb Stakes 5f Liberty Beach to win at 2/1
3:35 Sussex Stakes 1m Circus Maximus to win at 5/2
4:10 EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes 5f Flippa The Strippa to win
4:45 British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap 1m2f Moll Davies to win
5:55 New & Lingwood Handicap 7f Charles Molson each way

The Sussex Stakes is the undoubted pick of the action from Day Two at Glorious Goodwood and the 3.35 feature race should be a thriller. It features a cracking head to head battle at the top of the betting and a number of dangerous horses a little further down so is definitely one to watch. We also have a marathon first race and two sprints among the seven race card, with seven chances to beat the bookies at one of the UK’s finest flat racing festivals.

Unibet Goodwood Handicap

1:50, Class 2, 2m4½f

Day Two gets underway with a long distance handicap that pits together 20 horses over 2m4½f. It should go without saying that a certain amount of proven stamina is vital for the Unibet Goodwood Handicap, whilst a little luck may well be needed to pick out the winner. Most recent victors had already won at over 1m6f at least, with more running well over even longer. Whilst it takes a certain amount of experience to cope with the demands of the race, older horses don’t have a monopoly. The last 10 years have produced winners from four to eight but whatever the age you want to focus on horses with at least three runs this season.

Lil Rockerfeller won this race as the favourite last year and is understandably getting support at a general price of 5/1 this time around. It’s a bit of a push to call that value though. Instead, we like the look of an each way bet on Fun Mac at the much bigger odds of 14/1. The eight-year-old is still churning out competitive performances in this sort of stamina-sapping race and the rain in the forecast suggests he could get the softer ground he loves so much, so has real place chances.

Fun Mac each way at 14/1

Unibet Handicap

2:25, Class 2, 1m4f

The Unibet Handicap is run over a mile shorter distance than the first race of the day but has a first prize worth an extra £15,000. This is a great opportunity for connections of battle hardened three-year-olds to land a big prize. The most recent years have seen a combination of shorter priced horses (one favourite) and some long shots claim the race so there is a great chance to find some value.

Dal Horrisgle has the sort of impressive incoming form you’d want from a horse you’re backing for this race so it’s no surprise he is the favourite. The only concern would be a lack of experience in this sort of handicap. That’s not an issue for Moon King who has run exclusively in handicaps this season. Ralph Beckett’s charge has won each of his five appearances as a three-year-old and looks ready for this step up at a surprisingly long 12/1.

Moon King to win at 12/1

Molecomb Stakes

3:00, Group 3, 5f

We go from three-year-olds to two-year-olds with the Molecomb Stakes. This minimum distance race has proven to be an important one early on for some high calibre horses, the majority of whom stuck with sprinting trips throughout their careers.

Few winners of the Molecomb Stakes are missed by the market. The last decade hasn’t provided too many winning favourites but at the same time only one winner went in over 8/1. Focusing on the top part of the market certainly makes sense for the 2019 renewal where Maven and Liberty Beach are both getting a lot of support.

Any juvenile that Wesley Ward sends over to run in Goodwood demands respect. The king of US sprint training boasts a fine record with his visitors to these shores. After winning on debut in America, Maven made light work of his European debut at Chantilly and is the favourite to win the Molecomb. He will have to get the better of the impressive Liberty Beach though. The Queen Mary is the only time she’s been beaten in four starts and that form from Royal Ascot has held up. Liberty Beach has the edge in terms of experience and the filly gets a 6lb allowance from the favourite so back her to win at 2/1.

Liberty Beach to win at 2/1

Sussex Stakes

3:35, Group 1, 1m

Glorious Goodwood has been home to some world class winners over the years with the Sussex Stakes providing as many big name winners as any other race. Frankel, considered by some as the best flat racing horse in history, won this race twice with other luminaries including Canford Cliffs, Rock Of Gibraltar and Solow also having their names etched into the history of this race.

The Sussex Stakes has always been about the best three-year-old milers in racing getting the chance to compete against their elders. Younger horses have a very good record recently but the race was turned on its head in the last two renewals when two seven-year-olds, Lightning Spear and Here Comes When, landed surprise wins at odds of 9/1 and 20/1 respectively. The market is expecting three-year-olds to get back to winning ways in this year’s renewal with Too Darn Hot and Circus Maximus right at the top of the betting.

The two favourites last met in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Form out of that Royal Ascot race tends to hold up well in the Sussex Stakes which is great news for Aidan O’Brien and all connected to Circus Maximus. He won that Group 1 in some style having been supplemented for it and hopes are high that history will repeat itself. With doubts over how much Too Darn Hot has come on from an excellent juvenile campaign, Circus Maximus looks a very good price for another big win at 5/2, especially compared to the 5/4 offered for the favourite.

Circus Maximus to win at 5/2

EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes

4:10, Class 2, 5f

Juveniles get another chance to shine in the race that comes after the big one. A healthy prize fund has attracted a fair amount of entries for this sprint which can be daunting for some of these young horses. That shouldn’t be a concern for the slightly oddly named Flippa The Strippa, who lined up against 24 rivals in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. She ran better than her eighth place finish suggests and can get back to winning ways here having been dropped down in class.

Flippa The Strippa to win

British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap

4:45, Class 2, 1m2f

Next up we have the 1m2f British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap. The race is open to horses aged three and older and with a maximum official rating of 105. We won’t be far short of the maximum field size of 18 come late Wednesday afternoon. Anything can happen with that many runners but you have to think Moll Davies has been well treated off a mark of 80. She did some good work in two handicaps before heading to Goodwood so is a solid option in the betting.

Moll Davies to win

New & Lingwood Handicap

5:55, Class 3, 7f

The second day of Glorious Goodwood ends with the 7f New & Lingwood Handicap. This year’s renewal is set to be a competitive one, just to get to the starting line, with 42 entries for the 20 places. Charles Molson is one horse who you can rely on to dig deep and be competitive in this sort of handicap. The eight-year-old still has gas left in the tank and he can maintain his strong recent form so back him each way.

Charles Molson each way

Ladies’ Day: Thursday 1st August 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
1:50 Unibet Handicap 1m2f Dalaalaat to win at 8/1
2:25 Richmond Stakes 6f Guildsman to win at 7/2
3:00 Gordon Stakes 1m4f Constantinople to win at 7/2
3:35 Nassau Stakes 1m2f Mehdaayih to win 7/2
4:10 Telegraph Nursery Handicap 7f Iva Reflection each way
4:45 Markel Insurance British EBF
Maiden Fillies’ Stakes
7f Craylands to win
5:20 TatlerHandicap 5f Moss Gill to win

What better way to welcome the start of August than with Ladies’ Day at Glorious Goodwood? Whilst many of the racegoers will be interested in the fashion parade and other events away from the track, many more will be paying keen attention to a high quality day of racing which is headlined by the Nassau Stakes. Here are our tips for each of the seven races.

Unibet Handicap

1:50, Class 2, 2m4½f

As with the preceding days at Glorious Goodwood, a handicap kicks off the day’s racing. Again, this isn’t the highest grade of equine action you’ll see over the week but the assembled field for the Unibet Handicap looks to be competitive enough to make this an exciting race.

The Unibet Handicap may only be open to three-year-olds but this is not a race for inexperienced horses. The majority of recent winners had a couple of wins to their names already whilst the trends suggest those who have not run within the last month should be discounted.

Long shots don’t have a great record in this race either and those carrying 9st or less should be favoured. Taking all that trend data into account, Dalaalaat looks good value at 8/1. He has more experience than some of his competition at the top of the betting, ran well to win a handicap on his all-weather debut and has shown he handles the 1m2f trip. 8/1 looks very solid.

Dalaalaat to win at 8/1

Richmond Stakes

2:25, Group 2, 6f

The Richmond Stakes is an important race for two-year-old colts and geldings. There’s a winning prize well in excess of £100,000 up for grabs and it’s produced some classy horses, the majority of whom stick to this sort of shorter trip as they progress through their careers.

It is worth paying attention to is those who have won multiple times, or at least gone close, especially over the same 6f trip. Winning favourites are relatively commonplace in the Richmond Stakes and it’s rare for the market to miss the winner entirely.

Threat is a relatively strong favourite at 5/2. He did nothing but strengthen his reputation when finishing second to Arizona in the Coventry Stakes but he was expected to run again at Newmarket’s July Festival. The lack of a race in almost two months is something of a concern and could see Guildsman take advantage at the bigger price of 7/2. He didn’t do himself justice at Newmarket but won on his debut at Goodwood and will enjoy the softer ground if the forecasted rain comes on Thursday.

Guildsman to win at 7/2

Gordon Stakes

3:00, Group 3, 1m4f

There aren’t too many races for three-year-olds which offer a £100,000 first prize. The Gordon Stakes has benefitted as much as any other race at Goodwood from the injection of cash from Qatar and we have a field that looks stronger than you’d expect from a Group 3 contest. This 1m4f race is a chance for those who haven’t quite hit the heights hoped of them to rejuvenate their season and we have some very interesting entries from the big yards.

Aidan O’Brien knows all about the importance of the Gordon Stakes. He ran Highland Reel in it after some disappointing three-year-old performances back in 2015 and it really kick-started things for him as he went on to win multiple Group 1s around the world. O’Brien is hoping for something similar from Constantinople who was last seen finishing second to stablemate South Pacific in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.

This big colt is very highly regarded by all in the Ballydoyle team. They believe it’s only a matter of time and extra experience before he goes on to compete in some of the biggest races around. He may be raw but his natural talent should be enough to see off the challenge of the competition in the Gordon Stakes where Constantinople is a worthy favourite at 7/2.

Constantinople to win at 7/2

Nassau Stakes

3:35, Group 1, 1m2f

The Nassau Stakes is one of the top level races that pit three-year-olds against their elders at Glorious Goodwood and is always a contest to savour. Held at the Group 1 level, this 1m2f race has produced several winners from the Classic generation in recent years and the market suggests more of the same on Thursday.

Hermosa, dual winner of the English and Irish 1000 Guineas, is the favourite at 5/2. She has all the class you could hope for in a three-year-old winner of the Nassau Stakes and the galloping style to suggest that she should go well. The problem with making her favourite is that she’s yet to run over a mile. History shows that stepping up in trip for the Nassau Stakes rarely works out for those horses attempting it and Hermosa could well be the latest victim of that trend.

Mehdaayih is going in the opposite direction of Hermosa in that she is stepping down in distance. That route has proven much more lucrative in the last 10 years or so which suggests John Gosden’s filly is very well priced at 7/2. Her ability over the middle distances saw her backed into favouritism for the Oaks and whilst things didn’t go to plan at Epsom, she returned to the track with victory in a Group 2 and is ready to prove her class at the top level here and gain at least some consolation for her Oaks disappointment.

Mehdaayih to win 7/2

Telegraph Nursery Handicap

4:10, Class 2, 7f

Two-year-olds who have already shown a certain amount of stamina in their young careers get the chance to land a decent prize in the Telegraph Nursery Handicap. This sort of race is relatively rare in a big meeting like Glorious Goodwood so those who run well tend to be ones to keep an eye on. That was the case with Billesdon Brook in 2017 who went on to become a shock winner of the 1000 Guineas the following year.

With the best will in the world, it’s tough to imagine any of the 20 horses in the field for this year’s renewal challenging for one of next year’s Classics. These competitors are more experienced than your typical juvenile but few in the field have run as often as Iva Reflection. He’s already had ups and downs in his short career and looks set to compete in this sort of competitive race for years to come. Tom Dascombe was happy to see Iva Reflection take a much needed step forward last time out with cheek pieces fitted for the first time and he should be able to claim at least a place from down the bottom of the weights.

Iva Reflection each way

Markel Insurance British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

4:45, Class 2, 7f

There isn’t very much racecourse form to go on with the two-year-olds in the field for this 7f maiden. Craylands is one of the few to have caught the eye already having finished second in a similar contest at Newmarket’s July Festival. She should be able to handle the noise and excitement of Glorious Goodwood and looks a decent bet to win with Frankie Dettori booked for the ride.

Craylands to win

Tatler Handicap

5:20, Class 3, 5f

Ladies’ Day ends with a relatively low grade handicap for three-year-olds. Moss Gill heads into the race having been raised 4lb in the ratings following a second place finish in a slightly higher level of handicap at Newmarket. That performance came over 6f and he should be even better suited to a return to the minimum distance. If there is pace in the race, Moss Gill has every chance of landing the win.

We often say in these sorts of late-in-the-day contests that watching for any market moves on the day can be wise and that applies here. Equally, another of our tips is to avoid being too bold with your stakes – unless of course you know something we don’t – as there are plenty more easier to predict races still to come at this year’s Glorious Goodwood.

Moss Gill to win

Day Four: Friday 2nd August 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
1:50 Oak Tree Stakes 7f Pretty Baby each way at 9/1
2:25 Thoroughbred Stakes 1m Biometric to win at 11/2
3:00 Unibet Golden Mile 1m Clon Coulis to win at 12/1
3:35 King George Stakes 5f Battash to win at 1/3
4:10 Unibet Nursey Handicap 6f Go Well Spicy each way
4:40 Glorious Stakes 1m4f Mirage Dancer to win
5:15 TDN Australia Handicap 1m3f Durrell each way

The weekend is almost here and Friday at Glorious Goodwood contains four Group level races for racing fans to enjoy. The weather looks as though it’s going to play ball for those heading to West Sussex but even those watching at home will enjoy themselves providing they back a few winners. And hopefully that’s exactly what we have …

Oak Tree Stakes

1:50, Group 3, 7f

The Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes gets Day Four off to a fittingly classy start. It’s run over the rather specialist distance of 7f and restricted to fillies and mares aged three and older. Island Of Life is the sole five-year-old in the field and for good reason. There’s never been a winner aged older than four and that is unlikely to change this time around.

Jubiloso is the relatively strong favourite at 13/8, from Royal Intervention (6/1) and Angel’s Hideaway (8/1). Each of those could quite easily win the race but the betting value could lie with Pretty Baby who is a 9/1 shot. She was never really in the running of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot but didn’t like the 1m trip or the soft ground. It’s easy to ignore that race and back Pretty Baby even if an each way play looks the best option.

Pretty Baby each way at 9/1

Thoroughbred Stakes

2:25, Group 3, 1m

The Thoroughbred Stakes is a Group 3, 1m contest for three-year-olds. Although lots of those in the field haven’t quite hit the heights that connections were hopeful of at the start of the season, several horses in a similar position have graduated from this contest to be successful in handicaps and other Group level races.

It’s interesting to note how few recent Thoroughbred Stakes winners had already won at the Group level. Despite that, double-digit odds winners are rare with Regal Reality snapping a run of consecutive winning favourites last year.

Biometric is in the right part of the market for those who follow the trends. Ralph Beckett’s colt wasn’t seen as a juvenile but has quickly amassed experience during his three-year-old season. He won the very competitive Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot against 27 rivals on his first attempt over a mile and can go in again at 11/2.

Biometric to win at 11/2

Unibet Golden Mile

3:00, Class 2, 1m

The list of entries for the Unibet Golden Mile got close to 100 at one stage. That is perhaps unsurprising given this is up there with the most lucrative handicaps on the flat. Winning connections will be over £90,000 better off but, as you might expect, their horse will have to work very hard to earn that prize.

Statisticians have assembled plenty of useful trends for the Golden Mile over the years. The picture they paint of the ideal horse is one who is between four and six, has won over at least one mile previously and has made at least three appearances during the current season. It’s also worth giving special consideration to horses who have already shown they can cope with the sort of big field, big crowds and noise that comes with a race like this at a meeting the size of Glorious Goodwood.

Clon Coulis fits that bill nicely. The five-year-old seemed to be unfazed by the crowds at Royal Ascot where she finished second in the Royal Hunt Cup. She has also won over 1m on both turf and the all-weather. That versatility could be important given that the ground at Goodwood is a little softer than usual. She’ll relish the hustle and bustle of this race and looks well treated by the handicapper so back Clon Coulis on the nose at 12/1 for what could be a very profitable win.

Clon Coulis to win at 12/1

King George Stakes

3:35, Group 1, 5f

It may not quite be the Goodwood Festival of Speed but the King George Stakes is the fastest race of the week at Glorious Goodwood. This Group 2 sprint isn’t to the liking of every horse so those who have shown an ability to cope with the track have an advantage. Battaash has proven that much and more over the last two renewals.

Charlie Hills’ five-year-old has a reputation for losing races before they’ve begun by getting overly worked up but just seems to love racing at Goodwood. He’s won each of the last two renewals of the King George Stakes and is in very good shape ahead of his attempts to complete the hat-trick according to his trainer.

The bookies are trying their best to put people off backing the favourite by cutting him into odds of just 1/3. That price is far from generous but you’d have to say that anything other than a win for the favourite would be a major, major surprise.

This is not the sort of race that Battaash can simply turn up to in order to win. He could face particularly tough challenges from Sergei Prokofiev (10/1) and Big Brothers Pride (12/1), each of whom are yet to fulfil their potential but have a lot of natural sprinting ability. The latter of those in particular offers each way appeal but for us it just has to be a Battaash three-timer.

Battash to win at 1/3

Unibet Nursery Handicap

4:10, Class 2, 6f

You won’t see many Nursery Handicaps with more runners than this. 28 two-year-olds will head to post and you can be sure that a few of them will find the size of the field too much for them. Therefore, it makes sense to support horses who have enough experience to cope.

Go Well Spicy has ample experience with five appearances to date. This is the biggest field she’s competed against by some distance but she made steps forward all the way up to her most recent performance at Haydock. The firm ground she found that day seemed to be the issue so she should do better on more suitable ground at Goodwood.

Go Well Spicy each way

Glorious Stakes

4:40, Group 3, 1m4f

The Glorious Stakes is the final Group level race of the day. A selection of the most powerful yards are always represented in the Glorious Stakes but recent renewals have been a shut out for Sir Michael Stoute. He completed a hat-trick of wins last season with Ryan Moore in the saddle for all three successes. Those two pair up again with last year’s winner Mirage Dancer who has a very good chance of mounting a successful defence.

If Mirage Dancer is to win again he’ll have to reverse the form against Communique after their meeting at the Newmarket July Festival. Communique was a very impressive winner of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes given he was giving weight away to Mirage Dancer. However, he was aided by the good to firm ground they raced on that day. The extra give in the ground at Goodwood should play to the strengths of Mirage Dancer who gets the nod here.

Mirage Dancer to win

TDN Australia Handicap

5:15, Class 3, 5f

Friday ends with the very competitive TDN Australia Handicap. The race is open only to three-year-olds and many of those in the field are still making their first steps in the world of handicap racing. That number includes Durrell. He didn’t quite find his best stuff in his first handicap run at Sandown but should improve this time around so an each way bet could be in order.

Durrell each way

Day Five: Saturday 3rd August 2019

Time Race Distance Tip
1:50 Stewards’ Sprint Handicap 6f Paddy Power each way
2:25 Qatar Summer Handicap 1m6f Charles Kingsley to win at 10/1
3:00 Lillie Langtry Stakes 1m6f Enbihaar to win at 5/2
3:40 Stewards’ Cup 6f Gunmetal each way at 16/1
4:15 EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes 7f Delta Dawn to win
4:50 Qatar Handicap 7f Nahaar to win
5:25 Qatar Apprentice Handicap 1m1f You’re Hired each way

The Stewards’ Cup is the standout star of the card on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. It’s the biggest sprint handicap of the year and one of the most competitive betting heats of all races but it’s not the only race worth paying attention to as the curtain comes down on Glorious Goodwood for another year. There should be bumper crowds and with seven great races they’ll all be hoping to land a few winners to make it a really glorious day!

Stewards’ Sprint Handicap

1:50, Class 2, 6f

Competition for a place in the Stewards’ Cup is incredibly fierce. Most connections end up disappointed about their horse not getting a run in the race which is why the Steward’s Sprint Handicap was introduced as a consolation. It still carries a handsome prize fund and this year’s contest is very much oversubscribed so is set to be very competitive in its own right.

Previous renewals show that horses with prior experience of Goodwood should be favoured. Likewise, it’s important to stick with those who have already won over 6f and who have been seen at least four times this season. Paddy Power (the horse, not the bookmaker!) actually has winning form over 6f at Goodwood and should get the sort of hard run race that he prefers. The six-year-old possesses an eye-catching turn of foot and should be able to get past many in the closing furlong so an each way bet is in order at what are sure to be healthy odds.

Paddy Power each way

Qatar Summer Handicap

2:25, Class 2, 1m6f

Another competitive handicap follows hot on the heels of the Stewards’ Sprint Handicap. The Qatar Summer Handicap is a very different race though as it’s run over 1m further than the first race. This is a funny distance that doesn’t quite favour the stayers nor does it favour the high class horses who do their best work over a mile and a half. Those who have proven their quality over this 1m6f test before are obviously interesting as are those who have run at least four times this season, preferably with at least one win in that recent form.

Punters have something of a mixed record in the Summer Handicap. The last four prizes all went to horses sent off at double figures but Blue Wave’s win at 20/1 in 2015 is the biggest price a winner has gone in at this decade. Moreover, four horses priced at 8/1 or shorter (including two favourites) won in that time.

King’s Advice is getting plenty of support in the betting at 5/1. It’s easy to see why given he won over this trip at Goodwood in May and beat a big field last time out at Newmarket. The only question is whether he can cope with 9st 8lb on his back. Perhaps, therefore, the best option is backing Charles Kingsley at 10/1. He, too, has won over this trip in his most recent performance. It’s been a long season but the four-year-old still looks fit and raring to go so consider him if you want to take on the favourite. At 10/1 you can opt to back him each way but we think this one is worth chancing on the nose.

Charles Kingsley to win at 10/1

Lillie Langtry Stakes

3:00, Group 2, 1m6f

The Lillie Langtry Stakes is one of the bigger races at Glorious Goodwood and is run over the same challenging trip as the race that precedes it in the card. Previous renewals show that it is not necessary for a horse to have won over 1m6f before to kick on and win this well regarded Group 2 for fillies and mares. However, those without good form over at least a mile and a half will struggle to get the better of this class field.

Generally speaking, this is not a race which provides surprises. The last eight editions have provided three winning favourites and just one winner priced over 6/1. We certainly fancy the bookies may well have called the 2019 edition correctly in that they have it as a battle between two horses – Dramatic Queen and Enbihaar.

The two met earlier in the year over 1m6f at York with Dramatic Queen coming out on top. They renewed hostilities next time out, again at York, with the drop in trip to 1m4f allowing Enbihaar to exact revenge. On first viewing, that form suggests the longer trip of the Lille Langry Stakes will best suit Dramatic Queen. The problem with that view is that Enbihaar is a big, powerful filly who likes to get wound up a fair way from home. This slightly longer trip should actually suit her best and is why John Gosden’s four-year-old gets the nod at 5/2.

Enbihaar to win at 5/2

Stewards’ Cup

3:40, Class 2, 6f

The Stewards’ Cup is the biggest race of Glorious Goodwood for many racing fans. Thousands of punters have had long term positions in the ante post betting for this handicap sprint. Many of them were disappointed after the official declarations were made as competition for a place in the Stewards’ Cup is incredibly fierce.

It only gets tougher when the race itself begins. 28 horses charging for the line over a sprint trip is a sight to behold but it’s proven too much for several leading contenders over the years. Punters should, therefore, ensure only to support horses who have coped in big field cavalry charges before. Three and four-year-olds are more than capable of winning the Stewards’ Cup but only if they’ve come through a sufficiently tough race in their warm up.

Gunmetal (16/1) is one of those who has already proven his toughness against a large number of competitors. He ran very well in the Wokingham Stakes at Ascot despite getting a horrible draw and can easily do even better in the Stewards’ Cup with a little more luck. Another option to consider is Cosmic Law. The three-year-old is progressive and can make a big step forward after some good all weather performances but we just prefer the chances of Gunmetal, each way, at very tidy odds.

Gunmetal each way at 16/1

EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes

4:15, Class 2, 7f

The EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes won’t be quite as mad a race as the Stewards’ Cup but it sees 20 two-year-olds with very little racecourse experience going up against each other so will be far from predictable. Delta Dawn showed many of the classic signs of inexperience when making his debut at Gowran Park in June. Aidan O’Brien wasn’t overly disappointed with his performance and Delta Dawn actually showed some glimpses of class when he was woken up. We’ll learn more about him at Goodwood where he may well lose his maiden tag.

Delta Dawn to win

Qatar Handicap

4:50, Class 2, 7f

Next up as, sadly, the action draws to a close, is a 7f handicap for three-year-olds with a maximum official rating of 105. This looks a very good chance for progressive horses who are still finding their feet in handicaps to make the most of lenient marks. That appears to be the situation with Nahaarr who should prove to be better than his official mark of 93. This isn’t an easy one to call though so we don’t recommend chasing any losses you might have accrued with big stakes at this stage in proceedings.

Nahaar to win

Qatar Apprentice Handicap

5:25, Class 3, 1m1f

The Qatar Apprentice Handicap is the final race of Glorious Goodwood 2019. As is the norm with handicaps at the meeting, there’s a healthy competition just to get a run in this 1m1f contest which is open to horses aged three and older. With horses competing right at the top of the maximum official rating of 95, this could be a race in which an each way play on a well-treated horse is the best call. You’re Hired could fit that bill nicely. His front running style will make this race interesting, especially if he is able to hold on for a place.

You’re Hired each way

About the Meeting

Summer and flat racing go hand in hand. For many racing fans there is nothing quite like enjoying the sun whilst taking in a selection of top class racing and hopefully winning some money from the bookies. When it comes to summer time there is nothing quite like Glorious Goodwood.

Set in West Sussex, just north of Chichester, Goodwood Racecourse is a stunning place at all times of the year but never is it more resplendent than late July/early August when Glorious Goodwood (officially the Qatar Goodwood Festival) takes place. As well as everything that goes along with it, the five day meeting includes a host of top class horse races including prestigious Group level races and some ultra-competitive handicaps.

Main Races

The three biggest races of five days of Glorious Goodwood are without doubt the Sussex Stakes, Nassau Stakes and the Goodwood Cup. They’re of the calibre that many of the leading trainers will specifically target the best of their string at them and each is incredibly popular with punters.

Goodwood Cup

The Goodwood Cup is the star attraction of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood. This Group 1 offering is run over a distance of two miles and often attracts the very best stayers on the flat to compete for a healthy prize fund which reached half a million pounds in 2018. Like some of the other best races over the five days the Goodwood Cup is part of the British Champions Series which only helps to strengthen the field.

Although it is a very important race in the long distance division, the Goodwood Cup often allows promising stayers to show just how good they are. That was the case for both Big Orange in 2015 and Stradivarius in 2017 who used the race as a springboard to even bigger wins.

The Goodwood Cup is a tough test of stamina so it is interesting to note that runners coming into the race on the back of an extended break do not have a great record. You don’t want to be backing horses who have not run within more than 45 days of the Goodwood Cup. Moreover, most winners claimed at least a top three place last time out which speaks to the calibre of horses sent to Goodwood by their trainers.

Sussex Stakes

Every punter will assess the form from Royal Ascot when making their picks for Glorious Goodwood but that is a strategy that works better on some races than other. The Sussex Stakes is one of those where Ascot form tends to hold up, especially when it comes to three year olds who have been competing against older horses in this Group 1, one mile contest since the addition of four year olds in 1960 and even older horses in 1975.

Three year olds remain the dominant age group in the Sussex Stakes but recent years brought an increasing number of older winners. By the time that Frankel became the first horse to win the Sussex Stakes twice in 2012 we had become accustomed to seeing winners and four and above and each of the 2017 and 2018 renewals were won by seven year olds. Opening up the race to older horses has done wonders for the prestige with which it’s held by racing fans and the prize money has increased commensurately to the point that it reached £1 million in 2018.

Successful older horses almost all come via the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot whilst the key race for three year olds is the St James’s Palace Stakes. The other important thing to mention is that favourites have a strong record but that too has changed a little in more recent years.

Nassau Stakes

Like the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes is a chance for three year olds to take on their elders but this Group 1 race is open only to fillies and mares. It’s run over one mile, one furlong and 197 yards and is another race where class tells and the top of the betting market tends to dominate. It is very rare for a horse outside of the top three in the betting to claim the win and favourite backers have tended to profit from recent renewals.

The Nassau Stakes is one of the most historic races that take place at Glorious Goodwood. It was first run all the way back in 1840 when it was named as a gesture of friendship between the 5th Duke of Richmond, who owned Goodwood Racecourse, and the House of Orange-Nassau. The race has changed a bit over the years. It has had the age eligibility changed, the distance changed and was only promoted to Group 1 level in 1999.

There are a few trends to consider when trying to pick the winner of the Nassau Stakes in addition to the record of younger horses. It is a sterner test than the official yardage suggests so horses dropping back in trip should be favoured. For that reason Oaks form tends to hold up well while those who have tasted success in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot often go one to be winners here.

Other Races

As with any horse racing festival worth its salt, Glorious Goodwood has a mixture of races throughout the five days. Punters know that every race provides opportunity whilst true racing fans look way beyond the Group 1s at Goodwood for their fix of entertainment.

Lennox Stakes

The Group 2 Lennox Stakes is a chance for three year olds who may be yet to find their feet at the top level to contest a prestigious race against older competition. It’s one of the newer races at Goodwood having been introduced in 2000 but quickly caught the imagination as it was promoted from Group 3 level in 2003.

Horses aged from three to seven have won this seven furlong contest since its inception. That is a slight change from the Beewsing Stakes which the Lennox Stakes replaced but the majority of winners at Goodwood were aged either three or four. This tends to be quite a tactical race but the most important attribute is finishing speed as shown by Breton Rock when claiming a surprise 50/1 win in 2017.

Golden Mile Handicap

The Golden Mile Handicap has gone under a few different names in recent years but remains one of a few devilishly difficult handicaps for punters to try and wrap their heads around during Glorious Goodwood. It’s the sort of race that is readymade for each way betting due to the big field, the high number of potential winners and the amount that luck in running plays when deciding a winner.

This is also a race in which the draw plays a big role in proceedings. Generally speaking you would want your horse to be drawn lower than 12 but that can change if those likely to set the early pace are drawn high. The healthy prize fund means competition for a place in the race is so high that three year olds struggle to get a run but younger horses do have a decent record when given a chance.

King George Stakes

The King George Stakes is the fastest race of the week at Glorious Goodwood. Run over a distance of just five furlongs this Group 2 sprint is a real blink and you’ll miss it affair which used to be known as the Audi Stakes.

The specialised nature of these short distance sprints mean that the leading contenders of the King George Stakes will often face each other multiple times over the course of the season. That helps to provide compelling storylines in the build up to the race and some thrilling renewals. The winning time has been under one minute since 1994 with Rudi’s Pet holding the record at 56.01 seconds.

Stewards’ Cup

The Stewards’ Cup is the biggest betting heat of the week. This super competitive handicap is run over a distance of six furlongs but is no straight forward sprint. It is always an incredibly tactical contest which is why a certain amount of experience in big field, short distance handicaps is vital. That’s true even of younger horses as even recent three year old winners had been tested in this sort of contest before.

The specialised nature of the Stewards’ Cup and the amount of previous form and trends to go on means that the market tends to be very good at sorting the wheat from the chaff, especially when the draw is made. That is not to say that long odds shots cannot win just that single odds winners are becoming increasingly common.

Vintage Stakes

This Group 2, seven furlong race is a chance for younger horses to take to the stage at Glorious Goodwood. The Vintage Stakes is often used by leading trainers as a yardstick to measure their potential Classic contenders and has been won by Galileo Golf and Highland Reel in recent times.

Gordon Stakes

The Gordon Stakes is one mile, three and a half furlong race for three year olds which is held on the final day of Glorious Goodwood. It’s a Group 3 contest which often includes horses who go on to compete in the St Leger with nine horses winning both over the years. Some of the biggest names in training have won the Gordon Stakes but nobody has matches Sir Michael Stoute’s tally of 10 wins.

Glorious Stakes

The Glorious Stakes has undergone a number of changes since it first became part of Glorious Goodwood in 1979. It became known by its present name in 1989, was closed to horses younger than four in 1993 and was promoted to Group 3 level in 2008. With a prize fund in excess of £100,000 it’s a well-regarded race which is run over one mile, three furlongs and 218 yards.

Richmond Stakes

Named after the Duke of Richmond and first run in 1877, the Richmond Stakes is a six furlong, Group 2 race for juvenile colts and geldings. Like many of these high level races for two year olds many winners have gone on to win big things whilst some have faded into obscurity.

History

The history of horse racing in Britain is a long and storied one and Goodwood Racecourse has played an important role in it. The West Sussex course has been hosting horse races for over 200 years and whilst almost everything that goes around the Sport of Kings has changed immeasurably, the simple thrill of watching finely tuned thoroughbreds chase each other home remains timeless.

The third Duke of Richmond is credited with creating Goodwood Racecourse in 1802. In those early days it was used by officers of the Sussex Militia for a two day festival which quickly blossomed to a vital local annual event. The third Duke of Richmond used to compete as a jockey and whilst the current Duke retains a watching brief he still works hard to keep the entire Goodwood Estate a world class venue for racing fans from far and wide.

A Complete History of Glorious Goodwood

Referred to as “A garden party with racing tacked on” by ardent racing – and partying – enthusiast King Edward VII, Glorious Goodwood continues to balance relaxation and top-quality equine action with aplomb.

The racing has in truth cast an ever-larger shadow over the garden party aspect of this meeting as the years have gone by, largely down to the steadily increasing quality of the fare on offer. Here we take a look at the key events which have helped to make Glorious Goodwood the summertime racing highlight that it is today.

1802 – Racing Begins At Goodwood

The first racing of any description actually took place a year earlier than this in 1801. That initial gathering was a largely private affair though, hosted by the Duke of Richmond for the local army officers.

It was the meeting in 1802 which was the first to be open to the public. Held over three days, this marked the day when the seed was sown for the five-day bonanza we know and love today. Before too long the meeting would be christened “Glorious Goodwood” by the press, although the festival wouldn’t really take shape for a number of years.

1808 – Inaugural Goodwood Cup

The Goodwood Cup remains one of the real flagship contests at the Sussex venue to this day, and is one of only three Group 1 (status granted in 2017) contests to be held at the Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Initially held over a three-mile trip, a horse by the name of Bucephalus won each of the first three editions, leading to the race’s silver trophy being awarded to his connections on a permanent basis. A gold trophy has been awarded to the winner ever since.

Whilst stamina is still the number one pre-requisite for success, the race isn’t quite the marathon it was, with the distance being decreased to two miles in 1990.

1814 – Glorious In July For The First Time

Late July/early August wouldn’t be quite the same for modern racing fans without this cracking meeting. It wasn’t always this way though, with the 12 initial editions being held in May, before then switching to July in 1814.

1840 – Nassau Stakes And Stewards’ Cup Make Their Debuts

The majority of the racing festivals to take place over the course of the season offer top notch events restricted to the fillies’ and mares, and Glorious Goodwood is no different. Held over a distance just shy of 1m2f, and named in honour of the House of Orange-Nassau (a Dutch aristocratic house with close ties to the then Duke of Richmond), the race was finally granted Group 1 status in 1999.

Also joining the meeting in this year was the race which has grown into the standout handicap contest to be run over the five days – the Stewards’ Cup. Initially held on the opening day of the meeting, the popularity of the contest saw it moved to a headlining spot in the heart of the card on the closing Saturday in 1993.

1841 – Sussex Stakes Enters The Fray

The Goodwood Cup may have slightly more history behind it, but for many racing fans the undoubted standout contest of the week is this event held over the one-mile trip. A Group 1 affair for runners aged three and older, the event lays on a high-class clash of the generations year after year.

The first ever edition of the Sussex Stakes run in 1841 however bore little resemblance to the event we know and love today, being as it was a 6f affair for the two year olds. It wasn’t until 1878 that the distance was increased to one mile and the race was opened to three year olds. Four year olds were then permitted to enter in 1960, with those aged five and older following in 1975.

1877 – First Richmond Stakes

One of the top events for the juveniles of the meeting, this Group 2 affair was originally open to all, but has been restricted to male runners since 1989. 1949 champ Palestine is perhaps the most significant winner in the race’s history, with the colt having gone on to further success in the 1950 2000 Guineas.

1878 – Hungarian King

There are many international superstars to have strutted their stuff at this meeting over the years, but not many who quite compare to 1878 Goodwood Cup winner, Kingscem. The greatest Hungarian racehorse of all time posted an astonishing 54 race unbeaten record over the course of his career, a feat unlikely to ever be seen again.

1911 – King Honoured At Goodwood

1911 saw the Coronation of a new king in the shape of King George V. Goodwood racecourse paid their own tribute to the new monarch with the introduction of a brand new contest at the meeting.

Held over the flying 5f track, the King George Stakes is one of the major draws of the summer months for the real speedballs in training. Won by many of the true greats of the sprinting game, including the brilliant Lochsong, the race was granted its current Group 2 status in 2010.

1941 – Newmarket To The Rescue

In common with many racecourses in Britain, there was no racing held at Goodwood between the war years of 1915-18 and 1940-45. Whilst this does leave a gap in the history of the great festival races, Newmarket did at least do their bit to help out in 1941 – staging both the Sussex Stakes and King George Stakes that year. As of 2019, this remains the only occasion any of the major Glorious Goodwood contests have been held away from their Sussex home.

1953 – Popularity Booms

Glorious Goodwood became a key date on the social calendars of the elite almost as soon as it began but it didn’t take too long for a groundswell of support to emerge amongst the general public. 1953 marked a real watershed moment in this regard as a record crowd of 55,000 watched the action at the track, with around 21,000 estimated to be observing from the free-to-access Trundle Hill.

1970 – Four Becomes Five

Given the growing popularity of the meeting, it wasn’t too surprising when the decision was taken to add an extra day in order to cater to demand and, dare we suggest, make a few more quid as well. Traditionally a Tuesday to Friday affair, the Saturday was added to this meeting in 1970 and it has been held as a five-day event ever since.

1975 – A Vintage Addition

The 1975 edition of the festival saw a bolstering of the juvenile roster with the introduction of a 7f event, the Vintage Stakes. Initially a Listed contest, the race was granted Group 2 status in 2003, and has thrown up a number of future Classic winners over the years, including Epsom Derby kings, Troy, Dr Devious and Sir Percy.

1980 – Royal Attendance

She may be more famous for her attendance at a certain other summertime racing festival, but Her Majesty the Queen does turn up at Glorious Goodwood from time to time. HRH was called into action at the track in 1980 in order to officially open the brand new March Stand.

The structure wasn’t just liked by the Queen though. The Concrete Society most certainly approved of Goodwood’s latest offering, awarding the March Stand their annual award for 1980. Who says Glorious Goodwood isn’t glamourous?

1990 – Modern Modifications

Always keen to move with the times, the racecourse underwent extensive modifications prior to the 1990 festival, with improvements made to the pre-parade ring and winner’s enclosure amongst other areas. A big improvement for racegoers overall, some of the changes also made things a little easier for the horses themselves due to a decrease in race distances. As a result of the reconfiguration, it was necessary to move the winning post a total of 31 yards closer to the race start lines.

1998 – Double Does The Treble

There had been a fair number of horses do the double in Goodwood’s showpiece staying contest over the years – but until 1998 no horse had landed three Goodwood Cups. The horse to change all that was Mark Johnston’s hugely popular stayer, Double Trigger. First successful in 1995, he missed the 1996 edition, but returned to stamp his authority on proceedings in 1997 and 1998.

2000 – Endless Infamy

The turn of the century saw one of the more unusual incidents in the history of this marvellous meeting, in an ultimately ill-fated act of fraud. John Gosden (who it should be noted was innocent in all of this) sent out Endless Summer to come home in front in the Richmond Stakes, with the colt later going on to finish second in a Group 1 over in France.

Nothing unusual in that, but upon closer inspection it was discovered that the horse’s birth had been deliberately mis-registered, and Endless Summer was in fact officially a three year old throughout his “juvenile” season. Such unfair advantages are frowned upon by the authorities and the horse was subsequently disqualified from all four of his juvenile starts.

2000 – Lennox Makes Debut

The turn of the century saw a welcome addition to the Goodwood offering as the Lennox Stakes made its debut. A replacement for the discontinued Beeswing Stakes at Newcastle, the race provides a Group race platform for those specialist 7f performers. Initially introduced as a Group 3, the status of the race was raised to Group 2 just three years after its debut.

2003 – Lillie Latest Group Addition

The Lilly Langtry Stakes entered the fray in 2003, although this 1m6f event for the fillies and mares went under the title of the Gladness Stakes in that first year. Goodwood Cup winner Gladness had her name in up in lights for just the one year though, as in 2004 the contest was renamed in honour of one of the mistresses of King Edward VII, and has been known as the Lilly Langtry Stakes ever since. 2015 champ Simple Verse is easily the most famous winner in the brief history of the event, having gone on to claim Classic glory in the St. Leger.

2006 – Goodwood’s Race Of The Century

The 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot is widely touted as the race of the 20th century, but when it comes to head to head battles in the 21st century, the 2006 Nassau Stakes laid down a marker that may be tough to beat.

Defending champion Alexandra Goldrun and all-time great Ouija Board were the fillies involved in what turned into a truly titanic tussle. Seven fillies went to post that day, but there were only two in this from well over 2f out. Alexandra Goldrun initially looking to be travelling better, but following a prolonged hammer and tongs battle, it was Ouija Board who prevailed by a short head under the Frankie Dettori drive. This brilliant finish is now a contest etched in racing folklore.

2011 – Midday Magnificent

The great Sir Henry Cecil will be forever associated with the wonder horse that was Frankel, but he did have a few other good ones come through his ranks prior to the “greatest of all time”, including the tough and talented filly, Midday.

Roussalka (1975,1976) and Ruby Tiger (1991,1992) had been the only dual winners of the Nassau Stakes prior to 2009. Not only did Midday equal that when coming home in front in 2009 and 2010, she then promptly went on to claim top spot in 2011 too – becoming the first ever three-time champ, 171 years after the inaugural running of the race.

2012 – The Greatest Graces Goodwood

It takes a good horse to win the Sussex Stakes on one occasion. To land the prize twice had proved beyond all those who had attempted it until 2012. It was no ordinary horse lining up to defend his crown in that year though.

Five lengths too good for Canford Cliffs in the “duel on the downs” in 2011, the mighty Frankel was sent off at odds of just 1/20 in 2012, and duly delivered when slamming his unfortunate rivals by six lengths – becoming the first ever dual winner in the history of the race.

2014 – Qatar Boost

Already competitive in terms of the prize money on offer, Glorious Goodwood received a big sponsorship boost ahead of the 2014 festival. So big in fact that it was the biggest sponsorship agreement in the history of British horseracing.

The gulf nation of Qatar were the significant new backers, immediately boosting the prize money over the course of the week by £2million, with an agreement in place to increase this still further year upon year. The official title of the meeting has been the Qatar Goodwood Festival ever since, although, of course, almost everyone still refers to it as Glorious Goodwood.

2017 – Double Figures For Sir Michael

Renowned for his success with older horses, the truth is that Sir Michael Stoute is a master trainer across the board – including with his three year olds. One of the finest examples of his prowess comes in Glorious Goodwood’s Gordon Stakes. First successful with Electric in 1982, Stoute landed this Group 3 prize for a remarkable tenth time with Crystal Ocean in 2017.

2019 – History Makers

The King George Stakes and Goodwood Cup may come at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the distance over which they are run, but in 2019 they did have something in common – namely that the winner of each race entered the history books for the very same reason.

Prior to 2019 no horse had won either race three years in succession. Now both contests have treble heroes on their roll of honour. Stradivarius was the first to deliver in the opening day’s Goodwood Cup, joining Double Trigger (who missed a year between his first and second wins) on three successes in the race. Then came the bullet-like Battaash from the yard of Charles Hills who scorched the turf for the third year in a row in the Day Four event for the speedsters.