Goodwood Racecourse

Last updated
Location Chichester, West Sussex
Owned by Goodwood Estate
Screened on Racing TV
Course type Flat
Notable races Stewards' Cup
Nassau Stakes
Goodwood Cup
Sussex Stakes
Official website
Goodwood Racecourse stand GoodwoodRaceCourseStand.JPG
Goodwood Racecourse stand
View past the main stand GoodwoodRaseCourse1.JPG
View past the main stand
The racecourse GoodwoodRaceCourse2.JPG
The racecourse

Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House. It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting in late July and early August, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to three of the UK's 36 annual Group 1 flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. Although the race meeting has become known as 'Glorious Goodwood', it is sponsored by Qatar and officially called the 'Qatar Goodwood Festival'. [1]


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In 1895

It is considered to enjoy an attractive setting to the north of Trundle Iron Age hill fort, which is used as an informal grandstand with views of the whole course. One problem is that its proximity to the coast means that it can get foggy.

This is an unusual, complex racecourse with a straight six furlongs—the "Stewards' Cup Course"—which is uphill for the first furlong and mostly downhill thereafter. There is a tight right-handed loop at the far end of the straight on which there are starts for various longer distance courses. These include the 1 mile 2 furlongs (1m 2f) "Craven Course", the 1m 4f "Gratwicke Course" and the 1m 6f "Bentinck Course". The start for the 2m 5f "Cup Course" is quite close to the winning post—horses travel outwards on the straight, around the loop and back. Throughout the loop there are severe undulations and sharp turns. The course is used for flat racing only.

From 1968 to 1970 the course's late summer meeting was shown on ITV, and from the early 2000s some races from the course occasionally appeared on Channel 4, but otherwise the course had been covered exclusively by the BBC for 50 years from 1956 (when it first appeared on television) to 2006. In 2007 the rights passed to Channel 4 Racing. Since 2017 races have been live on ITV Racing after the channel won the rights to televise horse racing from Channel 4.

In the late 18th century, Goodwood became the location for the first flag start on a British racecourse, at the behest of Lord George Bentinck, after a particularly shambolic start involving jockey Sam Arnull caused by an elderly deaf starter with a speech impediment. [2]

Notable races

MonthMeetingDOWRace NameTypeGradeDistanceAge/sex
MaySpring MeetingSaturday Daisy Warwick Stakes FlatListed1m 4f4yo + f
MaySpring MeetingThursday Height of Fashion Stakes FlatListed1m 1f 192y3yo only f
MaySpring MeetingFriday Cocked Hat Stakes FlatListed1m 3f 3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalTuesday Molecomb Stakes FlatGroup 35f 2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalTuesday Lennox Stakes FlatGroup 27f 3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesday Vintage Stakes FlatGroup 27f 2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesday Gordon Stakes FlatGroup 31m 4f 3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalWednesday Sussex Stakes FlatGroup 11m 3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursday Richmond Stakes FlatGroup 26f 2yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursday Lillie Langtry Stakes FlatGroup 21m 6f 3yo + f
July-AugustGlorious FestivalThursday Goodwood Cup FlatGroup 12m 3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFriday Oak Tree Stakes FlatGroup 37f 3yo + f
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFriday King George Stakes FlatGroup 25f 3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFriday Thoroughbred Stakes FlatGroup 31m 3yo only
July-AugustGlorious FestivalFriday Glorious Stakes FlatGroup 31m 4f 4yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalSaturday Stewards' Cup FlatHandicap6f 3yo +
July-AugustGlorious FestivalSaturday Nassau Stakes FlatGroup 11m 1f 192y3yo + f
AugustAugust MeetingSaturday Celebration Mile FlatGroup 21m 3yo +
AugustAugust MeetingSaturday Prestige Stakes FlatGroup 37f 2yo only f
AugustAugust MeetingSaturday March Stakes FlatListed1m 6f 3yo only
AugustAugust MeetingSunday Supreme Stakes FlatGroup 37f 3yo +
SeptemberAutumn MeetingWednesday Foundation Stakes FlatListed1m 1f 192y3yo +
SeptemberAutumn MeetingTuesday Stardom Stakes FlatConditions7f 2yo only
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  2. "Was It "Go" or "No"?" . The Sunday Post . 1 August 1926. Retrieved 21 January 2014 via British Newspaper Archive.

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