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Once described by King Edward VII as “a garden party with racing tacked on”, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, or Glorious Goodwood, is much more than that to racing fans.
Five exhilarating days, packed full of top contests, competitive handicaps and plenty of opportunities to sniff out a spot of value, the action on the Downs marks a high point of the summer.
Kicking off on Tuesday 27th July, the event is host to three Group 1s and often acts as the launch pad of any late-blooming two-year-olds.
Glorious Goodwood Key Races
Goodwood Cup - Group 1 - 2m - Tuesday
Lennox Stakes - Group 2 - 6f - Tuesday
Vintage Stakes - Group 2 - 7f - Tuesday
Sussex Stakes - Group 1 - 1m - Wednesday
Nassau Stakes - Group 1 - 1m 1f 197yds - Thursday
Richmond Stakes - Group 2 - 5f - Thursday
King George Stakes - Group 2 - 5f - Friday
Stewards Cup - Handicap - 6f - Saturday
Lillie Langtry Stakes - Group 2 - 1m6f - Saturday
Glorious Goodwood Trends
We don’t know the full line-ups of those set to take their chance in Sussex but looking to the past we could get a good idea of the type of horse we’re looking for in some of the bigger contests.
Here are three key trends that could shape your punting:
18 of the last 20 Goodwood Cup winners finished in the frame last time out
Look away now Stradivarius supporters, as the quest for John Gosden’s start to defend his crown looks to be more of a stretch according to the trends. In winning the last four renewals of the day one feature, the chestnut has followed up a Gold Cup win at Ascot. But with defeat in the big race of the Royal Meeting the final stop before Goodwood, the trends don’t bode well for ‘Strad’.
16 of the last 20 King George Stakes winners were beaten last time
In contrast, defeat prior to the week’s top all-aged 5f sprint isn’t a disaster, with 16 of the last 20 winners failing to win their previous race. Defending champ Battaash has won this race both ways, after defeat at Ascot and like last year, when doubling up his big meeting victories. There were some excuses for his loss in the King’s Stand this year, and he’s expected to bounce back at a venue he’s had so much success.
19 of the last 20 Stewards Cup winners had won 3+ races
Arriving at the big handicap of the week with your mark well protected might sound ideal in principle, but in the case of the Stewards Cup winning experience is key. Summerghand’s victory 12 months ago was the 10th in his career, and it could pay for a similarly hardened campaigner on the Saturday of Goodwood. The likes of First Folio and Boomshalaa, both popular on the ante post lists, will likely have to win again to get in, while the other well-touted chances Fresh and Saint Lawrence have two wins apiece to their names.
Top tips for Glorious Goodwood
We’ll have day-by-day tips for the biggest races throughout the Qatar Goodwood Festival, including Placepot Pointers and Dark Horses, but we’ve picked out three that catch our eye in the initial entries.
Miss Amulet - Lennox Stakes
It remains to be seen whether Ken Condon brings the filly over but should she line up in the 7f event on day one, she’s an interesting proposition. Seen once this term, when down the field in the Irish Oaks, she’s entitled to improve on that comeback and if returning to anything like her juvenile form has to be a major player in this Group 3 event.
A winner of the Lowther over 6f, she looked to be in need of further when finishing strongly to get within a length of Alcohol Free in the Cheveley Park before hitting the frame again over a mile in the Breeders’ Cup. This 7f trip could be a nice intermediate distance for her, and getting weight from the boys is hard to write off.
Battleground - Sussex Stakes
Probably not on a Win line, but Battleground will be one to consider for your Swingers and Trifectas in the Wednesday feature. At Ascot he lacked the change of gear to go with Poetic Flare in the straight, but kept on strongly for third in Berkshire.
That run was a massive step forward from a lacklustre Guineas run and it may just be that he is taking time to come to hand this season. He returns to the venue of his previous career best, when winning the Vintage Stakes last year and probably is entitled to show much more than his two runs to date this term. The late omission of Palace Pier will certainly aid his chance.
Arecibo - Stewards Cup
Recent winners of the feature handicap of the meeting have either been veterans of the big field sprint handicaps or group class animals competing at a class below their limit. Arecibo has a bit of both aspects about him, with a switch to Robert Cowell seemingly improving him the best part of a stone this year.
Kept to 5f this term he’s finished second in both a King’s Stand and a Scurry Stakes, caught late in the latter while he was a little unlucky at Ascot. He’ll carry top-weight should he line up here, but the handicap compression will mean he’s effectively 3lb well in. A return to 6f shouldn’t trouble him and he looks a real player.