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Glorious Goodwood: Dates, races, runners, history & more

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.

Like the Cheltenham Festival in March, Glorious Goodwood captures the imagination of racing fans, and viewers can watch 36 races across the five days of action. 

For one week in the summer, Goodwood Racecourse is the central attraction within British racing, and many of Europe's biggest trainers make the trip to West Sussex to try and land one of the prize races.

Glorious Goodwood dates

This year Glorious Goodwood takes place on 30th July and runs through until 3rd August. The festival always starts on a Tuesday and concludes on the Saturday, with some world-class racing on show throughout the week.

Glorious Goodwood venue

Glorious Goodwood takes place at Goodwood Racecourse, which is located in Chichester, West Sussex. 

It is home to three of the UK's 36 annual Group 1 Flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes.

Glorious Goodwood how to watch

You can catch all the action on the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform, while all five days will be shown on ITV Racing and Racing TV.

Glorious Goodwood history

Goodwood's primary meeting, now known as "Glorious Goodwood", was first established in 1802, while the Goodwood Stakes was not established until 1823. 

The meeting continued to improve slowly, but the popularity of the venue grew rapidly after the Second World War. 

In 1953, 55,000 spectators gathered inside on day one of racing, and it was not until 1970 that Glorious Goodwood was extended to five days. 

Over the years, prize money increased, and it is now one of the highlights of the racing calendar every summer.

Glorious Goodwood key races

On day one, the spotlight will shine on The Goodwood Cup, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse races in the world. 

As a Group 1 contest, it always attracts some of the best equine athletes in the sport. 

Wednesday's action is topped by the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, while the prestigious Group 1 Nassau Stakes follows 24 hours later. 

On Friday, those in attendance celebrate the world's best horses and jockeys on King George's Day.

Day four features the Group 2 King George Stakes, known as one of the fastest races on the racing calendar. 

The meeting comes to a conclusion on the fifth and final day, with the Stewards Cup the last high-profile race of the week.

Glorious Goodwood famous winners

Billed as the ‘Duel on the Downs’, this was to be the generational clash as Frankel, the unbeaten 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner, locked horns with Canford Cliffs, the reigning champion and on a five-race unbeaten run at Group 1 level over the mile in his own right.

That 2011 epic went the way of the younger legs and Frankel defended his crown a year later, which was to be a part of a 14-race winner career.

Stradivarius won the Goodwood Cup in four years between 2017 and 2021, taking over the reign from Big Orange who claimed back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016, and they were popular champions in Sussex along with sprint king Battaash, who was a four-time course winner over the flying five.

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