Glorious Goodwood is one of the highlights of the British Flat Racing calendar and although it plays second fiddle to Royal Ascot it still is an important part of the summer in its own right. There are five days of great action at the Sussex course each year at the end of July and there are a number of top class Group 1 races during the week for punters to get stuck into. The Glorious Goodwood Festival runs from Tuesday through until Saturday and it is a slightly more relaxed affair for punters than the more formal Royal Ascot meeting in terms of dress code.
The Glorious meeting at Goodwood plays hosts to some of the very best Group 1 races of the flat season with the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes perhaps the two feature races of the week. The Sussex is one of the key races for the 1 mile horses each season aged three or older and it always attracts a top class field, we have had some fine winners of the Sussex Stakes in recent years and it’s a race often targeted by the 2000 Guineas horses from earlier in the season. Recent winners of the Sussex Stakes include the likes of Rock of Gibraltar in 2002, Henrythenavigator in 2008 and most recently we saw the excellent Canford Cliffs claim the win in 2010 for Richard Hannon.
The Nassau Stakes is a Group 1 race exclusively for the fillies and mares over 1 mile 2 furlongs during the Glorious Goodwood meeting. It was first run all the way back in 1840 and has grown in stature ever since, with any horse aged three or over eligible to compete in the race. The Nassau is always a high class renewal as we often get a good number of the fillies from the Epsom Oaks take their chance at Goodwood with the time frame between the two races often proving ideal. In fact the three year-old horses do have a good record in this race and that is highlighted by wins in recent years for the likes of Ouija Board in 2006, Peeping Fawn in 2007 and Midday in 2009 all scoring in the Nassau aged three.
The Stewards Cup offers the sprinters the chance to have a good run out over 6 furlongs on the final day of Glorious Goodwood each season; it is a top class race and is always an exciting spectacle. It is another race with a long and illustrious history having first been run in 1840, since then it has firmly established itself on the calendar during the Goodwood meeting at the end of July. It is a race that the draw can often play a big part in and punters will need to be aware of which side is being favoured, over the past few years the horses drawn high have been successful.
Feature Races at Glorious Goodwood