Everything you need to know about Glorious Goodwood and the latest information ahead of the 2024 Festival

What Is Glorious Goodwood? 

Glorious Goodwood is one of the highlights of the British flat racing season, with some of the world's best horses competing across five days. 

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There will be plenty of focus on horse racing tips across the week, with the finest stayers in the land providing the curtain raiser in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup on the opening day.

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Spearheading day two are the milers who battle it out in the £1 million Sussex Stakes, before the fillies do their thing on Ladies Day (Thursday) in the Nassau Stakes.

Not to be overshadowed by the previous four afternoons, day five sees the fastest racehorses in the world contest the King George Stakes before arguably one of the most competitive handicaps in British flat racing has them charging down the Goodwood straight in the shape of the Stewards' Cup on Saturday.

Glorious Goodwood History 

The history of Goodwood stretches back over 200 years.

In 1801, the third Duke of Richmond (who lived in Goodwood Hall) held a private race meeting for the members of his hunt and the local militia, and a year later the first public meeting was held on the land.

Over the duration of many, many years, the course and event was labelled with the nickname ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

The summer meet fast became the ‘must-attend’ event amongst the movers and shakers in society, primarily for the partying more than the racing.

In 1947, Goodwood staged a historical first when it was the venue for the very first BBC radio broadcast of a horse racing meeting.

It was the day on which Gordon Richards secured a victory in the King George Stakes, something which he repeated in every renewal up to 1952.

It was also the year Goodwood became the first racecourse in the country to broadcast live commentary to racegoers via the public address system.

Glorious Goodwood Race Dates And Times

The Festival always starts on a Tuesday and runs through until Saturday, with some world-class racing on show throughout the week.

This year Glorious Goodwood will take place around late July to early August at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, West Sussex.

Glorious Goodwood Race Card

  • Day 1 features: Goodwood Cup (Group 1), Lennox Stakes (Group 2), Vintage Stakes (Group 2).

  • Day 2 features: Sussex Stakes (Group 1), Molecomb Stakes (Group 3), Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3).

  • Day 3 features: Nassau Stakes (Group 1), Richmond Stakes (Group 2), Gordon Stakes (Group 3).

  • Day 4 features: King George Stakes (Group 2), Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3), Glorious Stakes (Group 3).

  • Day 5 features: Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 2), Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap).

What Happened In The 2022 Goodwood Cup? 

Kyprios just edged out Stradivarius to claim victory in a dramatic Goodwood Cup.

Gold Cup winner and Royal Ascot betting favourite Kyprios eased to the front in the closing stages, fending off Trueshan before just seeing off Stradivarius who was bidding for his fifth victory in the race.

Betting On The Goodwood Festival:

Odds on the 2024 Qatar Goodwood Festival will be available closer to the time. Ante-post markets will form a few months prior to the meeting, with the biggest races of the week usually priced up first.

Keep an eye on the 888sport horse racing betting page for Glorious Goodwood markets.


 

Steven is a sports and horse racing enthusiast and is a member of the Horseracing Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) in the United Kingdom.

He is a regular visitor to Paris Longchamp for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a lifelong fan of the Aintree Grand National, a subject he writes about 52 weeks of the year. Last year he reached the impressive milestone of attending the last 30 renewals of the Grand National.