A few miles north of Chichester in West Sussex lies Goodwood racecourse – the annual Glorious Goodwood site. This meeting is one of the highlights of the UK racing season, taking place in late July/early August. Officially the festival is called the ‘Qatar Goodwood Festival’, with the airline being the primary sponsor. Trundle Iron Age hill fort lies just south of the track and is often used by spectators as an informal viewing point for the races. Goodwood hosts three Group 1 races – the Nassau Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Sussex Stakes. One piece of interesting trivia is that Goodwood Racecourse was the site of legendary jockey Frankie Dettories first winner in 1987.
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History of Goodwood Racecourse
Since 1802, horse racing has been synonymous with the name Goodwood. In that year, the 3rd Duke of Richmond organised the first race meet at the track. Today, Goodwood Racecourse is still controlled by the same family, with the current Duke of Richmond in control of proceedings.
Somewhat of a rarity in English racing, Goodwood is a right-handed track that is for flat racing only. Goodwood is renowned for being one of the fastest tracks in England. It’s also known for being one of the most complex layouts. It’s a tight track with a downhill sprint that is the undoing of many promising horses. Traditionally large galloping horse’s are not suited to this track. A definite draw bias exists in sprints, with quick off the mark horse’s benefiting from low draws. For races 1400 metres and further, high draws have a distinct advantage.
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