5 races to look out for at Glorious Goodwood
Glorious Goodwood is one of the highlights of the flat racing season with five days of thrilling action against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside.
Goodwood is a hotbed of sport, it plays host to top-class motor racing, golf and cricket, and Glorious Goodwood is one of the flagship events, such is the prestige of the meeting.
There are three Group One races including the Sussex Stakes on Wednesday, won by the mighty Frankel in 2011 and 2012.
Goodwood Cup – 3:35pm, Tuesday 1st August
The Goodwood Cup is a race where tactical decision making and steely determination are needed to succeed.
The two mile race has had a number of high class champions including Yeats, the European Champion Stayer from 2006 to 2009, and the 1878 winner Kincsem, a Hungarian horse that was never beaten in a 54-race career!
Big Orange is going for a hat-trick of winners this year and it’s no surprise that he’s the short-priced favourite. The Chestnut is coming off the back of perhaps the greatest race of this season in the Ascot Gold Cup.
Sussex Stakes – 3:35pm, Wednesday, 2nd August
It is regarded as Goodwood’s most prestigious race, and this year has the potential to be a classic with a titanic battle poised to ignite between Ribchester and Churchill.
Churchill just edges the head-to-head in terms of Group One victories by one with four in total; however, he was most recently seen finishing a disappointing fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ribchester meanwhile has looked a real beast this year having won his last two races at Group One level with real authority.
Nassau Stakes – 3:35pm, Thursday, 3rd August
One of the top races contested between the fillies and mares of the racing calendar.
Winter is the stand-out favourite for this year’s renewal; but this will be the toughest test of her career to date as faces older horses for the first time along with the highly rated three-year-old Shutter Speed.
Shutter Speed has won three out of her four career starts and with Goodwood maestro Frankie Dettori in the saddle, many will fancy her to put up a big fight to Winter.
King George Stakes – 3:35pm, Friday 4th August
The King George Stakes is a lightning fast sprint over five furlongs. The course is practically downhill all the way, leaving the jockeys barely any time to settle and get into position.
10-year-old veteran Take Cover is remarkably going for his third win in the race having triumphed last year and in 2014.
Stewards Cup: 3:35pm, Saturday 5th August
The Stewards Cup takes centre stage on the final day. It is one of the biggest handicaps of the year with £250,000 in prize money on offer.
The race is contested by a huge field of 25+ sprinters over six furlongs and has been known to throw up a few big priced winners.
The race has been known to produce many classy winners like Loch Song (1992) and Magical Memory (2015) that have gone on to be successful in Group races thereafter .