The jewel in the summer Flat racing crown, Glorious Goodwood goes to post in late-July and gives racegoers a perfect opportunity to see some of the top racehorses from around the world descend on the Sussex venue to contest over five fantastic days’ action.


Given the gap between Goodwood and Royal Ascot in June, it isn’t uncommon for horses to be targeted by their trainers at both of the top Festivals, and at Glorious Goodwood there is no such thing as a bad race as every contest taking place over the five days is sure to be crammed with the best equine talent.

Goodwood is a sharp, undulating track comprising of a six-furlong straight course, with a loop that is used for longer distance races. For the iconinc Goodwood Cup race, horses start opposite the winning post and race away down the straight away from the stands before traversing the loop section of the course and back down the straight. Similar style courses can be found at Salisbury and Hamilton.

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The first day of the Glorious Goodwood Festival provides a feast of top-quality action from the ‘off’ as the meeting attracts some of the world’s best equine performers. The Group Two Lennox Stakes headlines the opening day’s racecard, and has been won in the past by the likes of Toormore and Paco Boy.

Also taking place on day one is the Group Three Molecomb Stakes, a hugely competitive sprint contest.

Day two sees the renewal of one of the premier races in the UK horse racing calendar, and the first of the Festival’s Group One contests takes place with the Sussex Stakes where a prize fund in excess of £1million will be on offer. 

The fantastic one mile contest has seen victories by the likes of top-class French performere Solow, superstar Frankel – who won the race twice – as well as Kingman, Toronado and Canford Cliffs in recent years.

And the Group Two Vintage Stakes, and the Group Three Gordon Stakes provide quality support to the day’s main event.
Day three of Glorious Goodwood is Ladies’ Day and the fantastic fixture continues with a further three Group contests, with the feature race being the long distance Goodwood Cup.

Won in the past by the likes of Brown Panther, Cavalryman, triple winner Double Trigger and dual-winners Persian Punch, Yeats and Further Flight, the competitive staying contest is always an exciting event; and with added support in the shape of the Group Two Richmond Stakes, and the Group Three Lillie Langtry Stakes there is plenty of on-course action to distract from the vast array of high fashion and glamour that will be on show.

Not to be outdone, day four of the premier Goodwood festival hosts four Group Races, including the Group Two King George Stakes which is a fast and furious sprint contest over five furlongs and has been won by the likes of Lochsong, Kingsgate Native, Borderlescott and Muthmir.

And with a trio of Group Three contests providing classy support with the Oak Tree Stakes, Thoroughbred Stakes and Glorious Stakes all going to post, Friday’s Glorious Goodwood action isn’t to be missed!

However, the best is saved for last and Saturday’s fifth and final day is always a real cracker of an afternoon at the Sussex venue.

The Group One Nassau Stakes, won in the past by Legatissimo, The Fugue, triple-winner Midday, and Ouija Board amonst others in recent times, is supplemented by one of the highlights of the season with the Stewards’ Cup.

A real cavalry-charge, the competitive big-field sprint is a race to savour as the runners hurtle down the six-furlong course at full speed in a blood-and-thunder confrontation in a not-to-be-missed handicap showdown.

Add in further Group contests with the Group Two Celebration Mile and the Group Three Prestige Stakes, and Saturday at Glorious Goodwood is a day to savour at the Sussex venue.


Meanwhile, off the course there will be the finest of fashions on parade as the idyllic setting of Goodwood provides excellent contrast to the high-fashion stakes for men and women alike. Excellent viewing facilities and top-class cuisine adds further allure to the spectacle that is Glorious Goodwood, and if the sun shines through it makes Glorious Goodwood hard to beat for horse racing enthusiasts.

There's so much to do and see on a day at Goodwood Racecourse, both on-course and off-course with live music, places to eat and more besides, Glorious Goodwood is a must for any serious horse racing fan.

It isn’t just Europe’s leading racing action that solely dominates Glorious Goodwood’s great five days in late July. The meeting’s superb tradition for fashion and social occasion positions itself highly amongst Britain’s must-see events. Held during the peak of the British summer, Goodwood’s style adapts to such conditions and ensures a smart but comfortable occasion. Gentleman are encouraged to wear the traditional Goodwood panama hat, a style made famous by King Edward VII in the late 1800’s, along with a lounge suit. Whereas, Ladies are renowned for donning the finest attire for what is such an historic event on the downs.

Goodwood’s hospitality during their Glorious meeting is known for being amongst the best at any British sporting event all year. The emphasis on eating strawberries and cream whilst indulging in a glass of Pimms attracts thousands of keen racegoers to the Sussex downs each year. The course’s breathtaking surroundings and phenomenal grandstand views ensures that Glorious Goodwood is a race meeting of the highest calibre and is an event every sporting fan seeks to attend each summer.

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