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Every year in late July, the eyes of the racing world turn to Goodwood racecourse in West Sussex for the week long Glorious Goodwood Festival.
Running from Tuesday to Saturday, the festival contains a thrilling mixture of sprints and staying races, Group Ones and handicaps, all run over the uniquely undulating Goodwood track. The sprint races in particular are something to behold for racing fans, as the course is largely downhill, meaning that thunderous speeds are achieved in the five-furlong races.
Tuesday kicks off with a bang, with the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs being the highlight. Paco Boy, Observatory and Toormore are amongst the top winners of this race, and it is often a useful guide to Group One races later in the season.
The highlight of the week in racing terms is the Sussex Stakes, a Group One race for three-year-olds and older horses, run over a mile on the Wednesday. It has seen some magnificent winners down through the years, including the mighty Frankel, who won the race on two occasions in 2011 and 2012 (the only horse to ever win the race more than once). The roll of honour around Frankel is every bit as impressive, with horses of the calibre of Canford Cliffs, Rip Van Winkle, Soviet Song, Rock of Gibralter and the great Giant’s Causeway among a host of horses in its recent history.
Ladies’ Day for the festival is held on the Thursday, with one of the most notable features of the week being the thousands of panama hats to be seen on the racecourse. The linen suits and panama hats are a nod to the often stifling temperatures and glorious sunshine that often bathes the track during the week. In racing terms, the Goodwood Cup is the highlight of the day, a race for dour stayers, run over an undulating, twisting two mile course that can catch out those without a good cruising speed. The race was won by champion stayer Yeats on two occasions, and has a fine roll of honour, including Double Trigger, Le Moss, Kayf Tara and Persian Punch.
Friday’s racing is all about speed, with the highlight being the King George Stakes. This has been won by some top sprinters down through the years, including top race mare Lochsong, who won back to back runnings in 1993 and 1994. The downhill nature of the sprint track at Goodwood means that crowds are regularly thrilled by speeds of over 40 miles per hour in races over five furlongs. The track lends itself to memorable finishes too, and five horses being separated by less than one length is a common sight during the week.
The final day of the meeting (Saturday) features a quality Group One contest for fillies and mares (The Nassau Stakes), which has been won in the past by Ouija Board. Also on this day is one of the major betting races of the entire racing calendar, The Stewards’ Cup. This six furlong handicap has a prize fund of £100,000, and was won last year by subsequent group race performer Magical Memory.
There is something magical about the Glorious Goodwood Festival, and in late July and early August there is no finer place to be to soak up what summer horse racing is all about.