2021 Glorious Goodwood Festival

In-Depth Guide To Glorious Goodwood 2021

The superstars of the flat racing scene will descend upon West Sussex to vie for fame and fortune at Glorious Goodwood at the end of July. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the calendar, featuring several iconic Group 1 races. Read on to learn more about this year’s meeting, the heritage of the event, and the exciting betting markets available.

When will Glorious Goodwood take place?

Glorious Goodwood will begin at 1.50pm on Tuesday 27th July. Punters can enjoy five days of high-quality flat racing, which concludes with the final race at 5.20pm on Saturday 31st July.
 

What are the feature races at Glorious Goodwood?


There are three Group 1 races at Glorious Goodwood – the Goodwood Cup, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes. Some of the other big races include the King George Qatar Stakes, the Stewards’ Cup, the Lillie Langtry Stakes, the Richmond Stakes, the Vintage Stakes and the Lennon Stakes, all of which hold Group 2 status.

How many races take place during the meeting?


There are 38 races at Glorious Goodwood. Three of the days feature eight races, while two days contain seven races. The Tuesday is Goodwood Cup Day, which always attracts a large and excitable crowd. Sussex Stakes Day is on the Wednesday, followed by Ladies’ Day, which includes the Nassau Stakes and the Magnolia Cup. King George Day takes place on Friday, and the action concludes with Stewards’ Cup Day.

What are the features of Goodwood Racecourse?


Goodwood is one of the most attractive racecourses in the world, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, and surrounded by quaint villages and pubs. The course itself is complex and unusual. It is one of only a handful of right-handed courses in England. It is a straight six furlongs. The first furlong is an uphill climb, and the remainder is mostly downhill.

There is a loop that joins the course in the straight for longer races. The bend into the straight is sharp, causing some large, galloping horses to struggle. Historically, horses that have performed well at Epsom, Brighton and Beverley have thrived at Goodwood.

How long has Glorious Goodwood been held?

The first public race meeting took place at Goodwood in 1802, and the summer meeting was affectionately dubbed “Glorious Goodwood” for the first time in the mid-19th century. The Goodwood Cup has been held since 1812, while the Nassau Stakes began in 1840 and the Sussex Stakes was inaugurated the following year.

Horse racing was suspended during the First and Second World Wars, but it really soared in popularity from the 1950s onwards. More than 100,000 visitors attend the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting – officially titled the Qatar Goodwood Festival – in the modern era.

Who are the famous historical winners at Glorious Goodwood?


Many of the world’s finest thoroughbreds head to Goodwood each year to battle for glory in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. Former winners include the legendary Frankel, who is the only horse to win the race twice. Recent winners include French sensation Solow, John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot and 2020 champion Mohaather. Midday famously won the Nassau Stakes three times in a row from 2009 to 2011, while superstar stayer Stradivarius has won the Goodwood Cup for the last four years.

Who is the favourite for the Goodwood Cup?


Stradivarius has been installed as the 4/5 favourite in our Goodwood Cup odds to win the famous race for a fifth consecutive time. Gosden’s stayer has been named Cartier Champion Stayer for the past three years, having also won three straight Ascot Gold Cups, along with victories in the Queen’s Vase, Yorkshire Cup, Lonsdale Cup, British Champions Long Distance Cup, Doncaster Cup and Sagaro Stakes.”

His main challengers this year include Spanish Mission and Trueshan, but they will have to be at their very best to beat Stradivarius over 2 miles. Stradivarius was last seen finishing fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup in June, ending his run of three straight victories, but he could enjoy a drop back to 2 miles at Goodwood.”

Who is the favourite for the Sussex Stakes?


We make Palace Pier the 11/10 favourite in our horse racing odds on the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. The Gosden-trained colt won the St James’s Palace Stakes and the Prix Jacques Le Marois last year, and he has already stormed to victory in the Sandown Mile, the Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2021. He will bid to extend his hot streak at Goodwood, where he will come up against elite runners including Poetic Flare and St Mark’s Basilica.”

Who is the favourite for the Nassau Stakes?


We currently make Snowfall and Audarya the favourites for the Group 1 Nassau Stakes. Snow Lantern is also near the top of the betting, but she may run in the Sussex Stakes instead. Earlier this month, Aidan O’Brien-trained Snowfall became the 15th filly to complete an English Oaks and Irish Oaks double as she secured a comfortable win at the Curragh, so she will be a formidable contender. Last year, Audurya won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and she was also third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera.

Who is the favourite for the King George Qatar Stakes?


Star sprinter Battash is the antepost favourite for the King George Stakes. He has won the race for the last four years, making him the most successful horse in the race’s history, and he will aim to extend that record this time around. Battash was named Cartier Champion Sprinter last year after a number of high-profile wins.”

What betting markets are available on the Glorious Goodwood meeting?


You will be able to choose from a range of exciting horse racing spread betting markets on the Glorious Goodwood meeting. They include Favourites, Distances, Racing Post Favourites, Heavyweights, Featherweights, Multi-Mules, trainer indexes and jockey indexes. All of those bets are available for entire days at the meeting, while you can also choose from a variety of fixed odds and spread betting markets on each individual race, so check out your options and grab a stake in the action!”




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