Goodwood Races – One Of The Most Difficult Tracks In The UK

Goodwood races are always entertaining, as the course is unusual and complex. The racecourse is located five miles north of Chichester, which is in West Sussex. The setting is beautiful too, as the course is situated just to the north of Trundle Iron Age hill fort and there are breath-taking views of the countryside. There has been racing at Goodwood since 1802, aside from a brief hiatus during World War 2. There are many thrilling races at this flat racing course, but the standout event is ‘Glorious Goodwood’, which is a five-day festival that takes place in late July or early August.

There have been a lot of significant changes at Goodwood Racecourse over the years. The old grandstand was demolished in 1979 and has since been replaced by the March Stand. This was opened by Her Majesty the Queen. The Charlton Stand and the Sussex Stand were opened in 1989 and 1990 respectively. If you fancy enjoying Goodwood races, you will have a choice of two enclosures – the Gordon Enclosure and the Richmond Enclosure. When betting on races here, it is a good idea to look at the horses’ form at Epsom, Brighton, and Beverley, as those with good form at these tracks tend to do well at Goodwood.

What Should You Expect From Goodwood Racecourse?

Goodwood Racecourse features one of the most unique and difficult circuits in the country. The track boasts two bends, with the top bend being used for any races that are more than 11 furlongs and the lower bend being used for races up to a mile and a quarter. Goodwood tends to favour handy types, especially in short distance races, and this is because it is a sharp track with pronounced downhill gradients and turns. In fact, the five-furlong course is one of the UK’s fastest. The middle tends to be the best spot for these shorter races. Congestion is a common problem for jockeys here.

Throughout the flat racing season, there are many great Goodwood races, but the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting is the main event. Two notable Group 1 races at the festival are the Nassau Stakes and Sussex Stakes. The former is run over one mile and two furlongs and is open to horses that are aged three years old and above. Midday won this race three years consecutively starting from 2009. The Sussex Stakes is also open to those aged three and over, and it is run over a mile. Frankel won this race several times, and is the last horse to win the Sussex Stakes and 2,000 Guineas in the same season.