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The Goodwood Festival, which is sponsored by Qatar at the moment, it is one of the most prestigious festivals in the UK horse racing flat season and takes place at the end of July every year. It lasts five days and has been established in 1802 and gained popularity over the years. It is now one of the highlights of the summer season with thoroughbreds that are at the maximum form.
The festival takes place also during a period of the year when there isn’t much else happening during the sporting world. For this reason, the Goodwood Festival is capturing the attention of betting sites who are offering fantastic value promotions for both new and existing customers. You will find all the offers on this page in addition to other useful information like schedule, history, racecards and so on.
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Nel 2014 Qatar decided to sign a 10-year sponsorship deal with Goodwood, and this is why the festival has changed the name to Qatar Goodwood Festival.
Glorious Goodwood has 3 of the 36 Group One flat races that takes place over the season. This festival is seen as one of the most exciting yet challenging for jockeys and horses with turns and bends over the 6 furlongs.
During Day One there is a class 2 handicap that runs over the 1 mile and 2 furlongs, and that opens the festival. Following that, there are another two Group 2 races called the Vintage Stakes (opened to 2 years old juveniles) and the Lennox Stakes (opened to 4 years olds horses). Both races are over 7 furlongs and have prize pot respectively of £300k and £170k.
The feature race of the day is the Goodwood Cup Stakes which is a group 1 flat race run over two miles for horses that are 3 years older. It has a prize for the winner of more than £280k. This race is the second of the Stayers triple crown with the other two being the Gold Cup and the Doncaster Cup.
The 5th race of the day is the 6 furlong Stallions Maiden Stakes which is a handicap race for 2 years old colts. The last races of the day are a 5 furlongs and a 1-mile class 3 handicap for fillies.
The most important race of day 2 is the Sussex Stakes which is one of the most anticipated races of the week. This race was established back in 1878 and it is now run over 1 mile and open to horses that are 3 years old and older. The winner gets around £600K with the total prize pot that is over £1M.
The second day is opened by the Goodwood Stakes which is a class 2 handicap that is 2 miles and 5 furlongs long. Next, we have a similar handicap and just before the Sussex Stakes, there is a group 3 sprint race which is for 2 years olds horses called Molecomb Stakes.
After the feature race od the day there is a class 2 handicap called Maiden Fillies’ Stakes which is for fillies of 2 of age. The last two races of the days are both handicaps for 3 years old horses.
In the past, day three was a rather quiet day until a few years ago the Nassau Stakes (Group One) was moved to spice things up a bit. The third day will start with a class 2 handicap race open to 3 years old horses and run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. This is followed by the Lillie Langtry Stakes which is run over 1m and 6 furlongs and it is opened to 3 years old fillies and mares. This race is somewhat new but it was upgraded to group 2 in 2018 and it has a prize pot for the winner of around £170k.
The first top race of the day is the Richmond Stakes which is a group 2 with a prize pot of £200k. It is a 6 furlongs sprint which is for 2 years old colts and geldings. After this race is time for the Nassau Stakes which is one of the most traditional races dating back to 1840. The race is run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs and it has a total prize fund of more than £600,000 with £350k that are going to the winner.
Day 3 is closed by three handicaps for juveniles and a 5 furlong sprint open to 3 years old horses.
The day is starting with a group 3 race called Glorious Stakes which is over 1 mile and 4 furlongs and it is opened to 4 years and older horses. The race was established in 1979 and has a prize for the winner of around £100K.
The next race in the programme is the Thoroughbred Stakes which is a 1-mile race that was established in 1993. This is followed by the Golden Mile which is a one-mile class 2 handicap race that has a prize fund of around £150K.
Then it is the time for the feature race of the day: the King George Stakes. This race is open to horses that are 3 years old and it has a £170k price for the winner. Lester Piggot has won it more time as a jockey (9).
After the feature race, there is a class 2 handicap for juveniles followed by the Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3 race). This is a 7-furlong run which is open to both fillies and mares that are older than 3 years old. Day four is closed by a class 3 handicap opened to horses that are 3 or older.
The last day of Glorious Goodwood has lots of handicaps which is a great opportunity for those willing to get some good outsiders odds. The day starts with the Stewards’ Sprint followed by the Summer Handicap and the Gordon Stakes: the first two are two handicaps while the last one is a group 3 race opened to 3 years old.
The feature race of the day is the Stewards’ Cup which is open to all horses that are three years and older and it is run over 6 furlongs. The prize for the winner is around £160k.
The festival is closed by three big field handicap races were punters are going in with some nice each-way bets.
About the Qatar Goodwood Festival
The Goodwood racecourse is close to Chichester in West Sussex. The Duke of Richmond family has owned the estate since the 18th Century with the Duke who created the course and the festival. The racecourse is rather unique and it is challenging for young horses. The course has 6 furlongs straight than it goes uphill for a furlong before starting to descend. The course then has a right-handed loop and some sharp bends and undulations are particularly challenging for the horses.
Glorious Goodwood History
Goodwood was established by the Third Duke of Richmond. In 1812 the Goodwood Festival was moved from May to the end of July and it has remained on this date for more than 200 years. This has become a popular event with the aristocracy that always attended.
The Goodwood meeting became synonymous of the British summer with an atmosphere that was less sophisticated than other meetings like Royal Ascot.
The course and facilities have been improved over the years and with the increased number of races, this is now the best summer horse flat racing festival after Royal Ascot.