Glorious Goodwood Preview

Its that time of year again - Glorious Goodwood is back! This is arguably one of the most anticipated meets of the summer and it rarely disappoints! The five day long festival will kick off on the last day of July and come to a conclusion on the 4th August. The Goodwood Festival continues to grow year on year, drawing crowds of over 100,000 racegoers last year with a record attendance for the final day (Saturday) of over 26,000 people!

With that said, here is a preview of all the action over the five days…

Day 1 - Goodwood Cup

The Goodwood Cup is the feature race of Day 1 and holds even more importance this year for one horse in particular. After securing a victory at Royal Ascot in June, STRADIVARIUS, ridden by Racing Breaks ambassador Frankie Dettori has taken his first step in an attempt to win the WH Stayers’ Million. For those not familiar with the WH Stayers’ Million, it is a prize fund of £1 million for the those associated with the horse who is able to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the Goodwood Cup at Glorious Goodwood and the WH Lonsdale Cup at the Ebor Festival. In addition to this, the horse has to win one of the prep races in May. STRADIVARIUS has met this criteria after winning the Yorkshire Cup and only has Goodwood and York standing in his way of the £1 million prize.

 Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers Million 

Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers Million 

STRADIVARIUS loves Goodwood after denying BIG ORANGE with what would have been three wins in a row in 2017. Other big names who will be fiercely competing for the prize of £500,000 are ORDER OF ST GEORGE, VAZIRABAD and TORCEDOR. All of these horses featured in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and have all entered to showdown again.

 Stradivarius winning the Goodwood Cup last year - taken by Oli Heath

Stradivarius winning the Goodwood Cup last year - taken by Oli Heath

Day 2 - Sussex Stakes

On Wednesday, the highlight race of the day is the Sussex Stakes which has a huge purse of £1 million, thereby drawing some of the biggest horses internationally. This Group 1 race is open to horses over the age of 3 and is raced over a distance of 1 mile. This race has been won by some of biggest names in racing including the likes of FRANKEL, however last year this race was won by outsider, HERE COMES WHEN at 20/1. This of course was ridden by Racing Breaks ambassador Jim Crowley.

 Jim Crowley winning on Here Comes When in the Sussex Stakes

Jim Crowley winning on Here Comes When in the Sussex Stakes

Last years winner mentioned above enters the race again and is once again priced at 20/1 - could history repeat itself?! The favourite of the race however is WITHOUT PAROLE who is in tremendous form having won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. GUSTAV KLIMT also runs at Goodwood and having been beaten by WITHOUT PAROLE at Ascot, it is understandable why the bookies have made WITHOUT PAROLE favourite. Others would argue that GUSTAV KLIMT offers good value having closed in on the winner in the final furlong. This is definitely not a race to be missed!

Day 3 - Magnolia Cup and Nassau Stakes

Day 3 marks the midway point of the Goodwood Festival and is one of the busiest days of the week being Ladies Day. One of the most popular races on the day is the Magnolia Cup which is in its eighth year of running. The charity race is only open to female celebrities ranging from sport, business, the media and fashion (to name a few!). This year’s race will be supporting the charity Cancer Research, although the charity does vary from year to year. Since the race began 8 years ago it has raised over £1.2 million which is an incredible feat for such a great cause! This year’s race features names such as Rosie Tapner, Lady Tatiana Mountbatten and Sarah Cook. Good luck to everyone involved!

 Magnolia Cup

Magnolia Cup

On top of the charity race, the day spoils racegoers with three Group 1 races with the Nassau Stakes being at the centrepiece. This race is battled out over a distance of just over 1 mile and 1f with the winner of the race picking up a prize of over £340,000. Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore have won this race together over the last two years, so it will be interesting to see if this pairing can make it a hat-trick of wins. Trainer John Gosden will be looking to spoil the party with opening favourite CORONET who has been is strong form recently under Frankie Dettori.

 Ryan Moore aboard Winter in the 2017 Nassau Stakes

Ryan Moore aboard Winter in the 2017 Nassau Stakes

Day 4 - King George Stakes

The penultimate day of the Goodwood Festival sees the ever exciting Group 2 King George Stakes contested amongst a huge field of 26 horses. We hate to brag, but this race was also won by our very own Jim Crowley last year who was on BATTAASH trained by Charles Hills.

 Battaash trained by Charles Hills won this race last year

Battaash trained by Charles Hills won this race last year

This year, BATTAASH is back again to defend his title against a field which is dominated by two trainers, Charles Hills and Aidan O’Brien, who have entered 13 horses between them. Surely one of them will pick up a winner in this race?!

Day 5 - Stewards Cup

The final day last year was the most attended day of the festival and when the sun is shining, what better place to spend your Saturday afternoon than at Goodwood? The headliner of the day is of course the Stewards Cup. The handicap race takes over a distance of 6f and is notoriously known for its unpredictability. Believe it or not, over the past 25 years, the race has only been won by 4 favourites. This is largely due to the size of the field, so it is a great opportunity to pick an outside winner.

 Lancelot Du Lac and Frankie

Lancelot Du Lac and Frankie

LANCELOT DU LAC ridden by Dettori won this race last year and runs again. That said, there have only been 5 horses to have won this race twice, with the last one being nearly 70 years ago! Sooooo….Good luck picking a winner in this one!

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