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Glorious Goodwood Preview, Odds & Offers 2020

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Sussex countryside, Glorious Goodwood is one of the stand out events of the summer race schedule. With an abundance of hats and suits to match, the 5 day Flat meeting is scheduled to take place in 2020 from Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 1 August but this is all depending on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the event does not have the glamour or prestige of Royal Ascot, the racing is high class and competitive. There has been a significant increase in prize money due to investment from Qatar. The meeting comprises five days of Group racing and heritage handicaps which have large fields and are highly competitive. The official title is now the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Bookmakers are offering plenty of racing free bets for one of the major Flat meetings of the season.

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The grounds of Goodwood are rich in history with motorsport a major theme at the estate. Throughout the year it also hosts the famous Festival of Speed and Goodwood revival. 

Glorious Goodwood Race Programme

The 2020 Qatar Goodwood Festival, also known as Glorious Goodwood, is due to take place over five days from Tuesday, July 28 to Saturday, August 1. The meeting will go ahead behind closed doors and there will be no racegoers in attendance. At the time of writing the race programme had not been confirmed. The Flat programme in the UK was rescheduled but we can expect the same Group races that took place in 2019 to be staged at this year’s Festival. Based on the 2019 programme, here is a breakdown of the types of races at Glorious Goodwood in 2020:

Type of Race and Number of Races

Group 1: 3                
Group 2: 5                
Group 3: 5                
Handicap: 15              
Nursery: 2                
Maiden: 3                 
Conditions: 2            

Here is more information about the most prestigious heritage handicap and the Group races: 

The Stewards' Cup

The Stewards’ Cup is a heritage handicap for horses aged three and older run over the straight six furlongs course. The race first took place in 1840 and five horses have won the race twice. Richard Hughes is the leading jockey with four wins from 1995 to 2014. The two joint winning most trainers had four wins each in the 19th century. The Stewards’ Cup is run on the Saturday of the meeting.

2010-2019 Winners 

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP

2010 Evens And Odds Billy Cray David Nicholls 20/1
2011 Hoof It Kieren Fallon Mick Easterby 13/2JF
2012 Hawkeyeyhenoo Graham Lee Jim Goldie 9/1
2013 Rex Imperator Neil Callan William Haggas 12/1
2014 Intrinsic Richard Hughes Robert Cowell 6/1
2015 Magical Memory Frankie Dettori Charlie Hills 6/1F
2016 Dancing Star David Probert Andrew Balding 9/2F
2017 Lancelot Du Lac Frankie Dettori Dean Ivory 25/1
2018 Gifted Master Jason Watson Hugo Palmer 20/1
2019 Khaadem Jim Crowley Charlie Hills 4/1F

Betting Trends

• The average price of the winners: over 12/1.
• Range of Starting Prices: 4/1 to 25/1.
• Number of outright and joint favourites:4.
• Odds-on favourites:0.
• Double-figure priced winners: 4.
• Most common range of odds: 3 winners from 20/1 to 25/1. 

Race Trends

• British trained winners: 10.
• Irish trained winners: 0.
• Most common age: 3 winners aged 3 and 4.
• Weight range: all winners carried 8-10 to 10-00.
• Leading jockey (wins): Frankie Dettori (2).
• Leading trainer: (wins): Charlie Hills (2). 

2020 Stewards’ Cup Leading Contenders

The declared runners for the 2020 Stewards’ Cup are not confirmed but here are the potential leading contenders: 

Horse Hey Jonesy
Trainer Kevin Ryan
Jockey Kevin Stott
Racing Post Rating 112
Official Rating 99
Runs 20
Wins 2
Prize Money £149,898

Horse Spanish City
Trainer Roger Varian
Jockey Andrea Atzeni
Racing Post Rating 105
Official Rating 98
Runs 24
Wins 5
Prize Money £88,488

Horse Summerghand
Trainer David O’Meara
Jockey James Doyle
Racing Post Rating 111
Official Rating 101
Runs 39
Wins 8
Prize Money £169,272

Horse Chief of Chiefs
Trainer Charlie Fellowes
Jockey William Buick
Racing Post Rating 106
Official Rating 95
Runs 27
Wins 6
Prize Money £94,365

Horse Burmese Waltz
Trainer Archie Watson
Jockey Daniel Tudhope
Racing Post Rating 100
Official Rating 93
Runs 7
Wins 2
Prize Money £31,055

The key form guides are the Wokingham Handicap and consolation race at Royal Ascot which are also run over six furlongs. Hey Jonesy showed an improvement in form to win the main race but CHIEF OF CHIEFS was a more decisive winner of the consolation contest.

Group 1 Races

There are three Group 1 races at Glorious Goodwood and here is more detailed information about each race:

Goodwood Cup

The Goodwood Cup is a stakes race for horses aged three and older run over two miles. The race first took place in 1808 and two horses have won ir three times, most recently Stradivarius in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Five jockeys have won the race a record five times, including Pat Eddery and Lester Piggott. The winning most trainer had seven wins in the 19th century. The Goodwood Cup is run on the Tuesday of the festival.

2010-2019 Winners 

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP

2010 Illustrious Blue Jim Crowley William Knight 8/1
2011 Opinion Poll Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni 9/2F
2012 Saddler’s Rock Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2/1F
2013 Brown Panther Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 13/2
2014 Cavalryman Kieren Fallon Saeed bin Suroor 5/1
2015 Big Orange Jamie Spencer Michael Bell 6/1
2016 Big Orange Jamie Spencer Michael Bell 11/4F
2017 Stradivarius Andrea Atzeni John Gosden 6/1
2018 Stradivarius Andrea Atzeni John Gosden 4/5F
2019 Stradivarius Frankie Dettori John Gosden 4/5F

Betting Trends

• The average price of the winners: over 4/1.
• Range of Starting Prices: 4/5 to 8/1.
• Number of outright and joint favourites: 5.
• Odds-on favourites: 2.
• Double-figure priced winners: 0.
• Most common range of odds: 4 winners from 5/1 to 13/2.

Race Trends

• British trained winners: 9.
• Irish trained winners: 1.
• Most common age: 5 with 4 wins.
• Weight range: 9-07 to 9-09.
• Leading jockey (wins): Frankie Dettori, Jamie Spencer and Andrea Atzeni (2).
• Leading trainer (wins): John Gosden (5).

2020 Goodwood Cup Leading Contenders

The declared runners for the 2020 Goodwood Cup are not confirmed but here are the potential leading contenders:

Horse Stradivarius
Trainer John Gosden
Jockey Frankie Dettori
Racing Post Rating 125
Official Rating 122
Runs 22
Wins 15
Prize Money £2,715,474

Horse Nayef Road
Trainer Mark Johnston
Jockey Silvestre de Sousa
Racing Post Rating 116
Official Rating 113
Runs 17
Wins 5
Prize Money £356,616

Horse Kew Gardens
Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Jockey Donnacha O’Brien
Racing Post Rating 122
Official Rating 119
Runs 17
Wins 6
Prize Money £1,399,666

Horse Cross Counter
Trainer Charlie Appleby
Jockey James Doyle
Racing Post Rating 119
Official Rating 118
Runs 15
Wins 6
Prize Money £3,606,209

Horse Withhold
Trainer Roger Charlton
Jockey James Watson
Racing Post Rating 128
Official Rating 128
Runs 16
Wins 6
Prize Money £376,602

STRADIVARIUS will be the clear favourite if running. The horse has won the Goodwood Cup in the last three years and won a third Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Stradivarius has beaten most of his rivals in Cup races in the past and is the best staying horse in training in the UK and Ireland.

Sussex Stakes

The Sussex Stakes is a conditions Group race for horses aged three and older run over one mile. The race first took place in 1841 and the only multiple winner is Frankel (2011 and 2012).Sir Gordon Richards is the leading jockey with 8 wins from 1928 to 1952. Sir Henry Cecil is the most successful trainer with 7 wins from 1975 to 2012, so that includes Frankel two winning years. The Sussex Stakes Cup is run on the Wednesday of the festival.

2010-2019 Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP

2010 Canford Cliffs Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Snr 4/6F
2011 Frankel Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 8/13F
2012 Frankel Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 1/20F
2013 Toronado Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Snr 11/4
2014 Kingman James Doyle John Gosden 2/5F
2015 Solow Maxime Guyon Freddie Head 2/5F
2016 The Gurkha Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 11/8F
2017 Here Comes When Jim Crowley Andrew Balding 20/1
2018 Lightning Spear Oisin Murphy David Simcock 9/1
2019 Too Darn Hot Frankie Dettori John Gosden Evens F

Betting Trends

• The average price of the winners: over 7/2.
• Range of Starting Prices: 1/20 to 20/1.
• Number of outright and joint favourites: 7.
• Odds-on favourites: 4.
• Double-figure priced winners: 1.
• Most common range of odds: 4 winners from 2/5 to 4/6.

Race Trends

• British trained winners: 8.
• Irish trained winners: 1.
• French trained winners: 1.
• Most common age: 3 with 6 wins.
• Weight range: 8-13 to 9-08.
• Leading jockey (wins): Tom Queally and Richard Hughes (2).
• Leading trainer (wins): Richard Hannon Snr, Sir Henry Cecil and John Gosden (2).

2020 Sussex Stakes Leading Contenders

The declared runners for the 2020 Sussex Stakes are not confirmed but here are the potential leading contenders:

Horse Siskin
Trainer Ger Lyons
Jockey Colin Keane
Racing Post Rating 117
Official Rating 116
Runs 5
Wins 5
Prize Money £384,249

Horse Palace Pier
Trainer John Gosden
Jockey Frankie Dettori
Racing Post Rating 124
Official Rating 109
Runs 4
Wins 4
Prize Money £170,001

Horse Pinatubo
Trainer Charlie Appleby
Jockey William Buick
Racing Post Rating 128
Official Rating 126
Runs 8
Wins 6
Prize Money £797,566

Horse Circus Maximus
Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Jockey Ryan Moore
Racing Post Rating 122
Official Rating 118
Runs 12
Wins 5
Prize Money £1,802,402

Horse Terebellum
Trainer John Gosden
Jockey Frankie Dettori
Racing Post Rating 119
Official Rating 110
Runs 6
Wins 3
Prize Money £177,276

PINATUBO deserves another chance after being placed in the 2,000 Guineas and at Royal Ascot. The horse produced the best rating for a two-year-old for 25 years last season. Pinatubo will have to reverse Ascot form with Palace Pier but that is possible over the one mile distance of the race.

Nassau Stakes

The Nassau Stakes is a conditions Group race for fillies and mares aged three and older run over one mile, one furlong and 197 yards. The race first took place in 1840 and Midday is the most successful horse with three wins, in 2009, 2010 and 2011.The joint leading jockeys rode six winners, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sir Henry Cecil has the best record as a trainer with 7 wins from 1975 to 2011. The Nassau Stakes is run on the Thursday of the festival.

2010-2019 Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer SP

2010 Midday Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 15/8F
2011 Midday Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 6/4F
2012 The Fugue Richard Hughes John Gosden 11/4
2013 Winsili William Buick John Gosden 20/1
2014 Sultanina William Buick John Gosden 11/2
2015 Legatissimo Wayne Lordan David Wachman 2/1F
2016 Minding Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 1/5F
2017 Winter Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien 10/11F
2018 Wild Illusion William Buick Charlie Appleby 4/1
2019 Deirdrie Oisin Murphy Mitsuru Hashida 20/1

Betting Trends

• The average price of the winners: almost 6/1.
• Range of Starting Prices: 1/5 to 20/1.
• Number of outright and joint favourites: 5.
• Odds-on favourites: 2.
• Double-figure priced winners: 2.
• Most common range of odds: 4 winners from 6/4 to 11/4.

Race Trends

• British trained winners: 6.
• Irish trained winners: 3.
• Japanese trained winners: 1.
• Most common age: 3 with 6 wins.
• Weight range: 8-11 to 9-07.
• Leading jockey (wins): William Buick (3).
• Leading trainer: (wins): John Gosden (3).

Nassau Stakes Leading Contenders

The declared runners for the 2020 Nassau Stakes are not confirmed but here are the potential leading contenders:

Horse Alpine Star
Trainer Jessica Harrington
Jockey Sean Foley
Racing Post Rating 121
Official Rating 108
Runs 4
Wins 3
Prize Money £221,209

Horse Quadrilateral
Trainer Roger Charlton
Jockey Oisin Murphy
Racing Post Rating 115
Official Rating 114
Runs 5
Wins 3
Prize Money £391.439

Horse Frankly Darling
Trainer John Gosden
Jockey Frankie Dettori
Racing Post Rating 110
Official Rating 110
Runs 3
Wins 2
Prize Money £69,942

Horse Ennistymon
Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Jockey Ryan Moore
Racing Post Rating 104
Official Rating 104
Runs 3
Wins 1
Prize Money £31,129

Horse So Wonderful
Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Jockey Wayne Lordan
Racing Post Rating 107
Official Rating 108
Runs 10
Wins 0
Prize Money £93,688

ALPINE STAR was an impressive winner of the Coronations Stakes at Royal Ascot over one mile. Frankly Darling also won at the meeting but her race was over one mile and four furlongs. Quadrilateral has been placed in the 1,000 Guineas and at Royal ascot but Alpine Star is preferred.

Group 2 Races

There are five Group 2 races at Glorious Goodwood and here are some key facts for each race:

Vintage Stake

• Run on the Tuesday of the meeting.
• 7 furlongs.
• 2 year-old colts and fillies.
• 7 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 1 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 9/4.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Richard Hughes with 4 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Richard Hannon Snr with 4 wins.
• 8 winners trained in Britain, 2 winners trained in Ireland.

Lennox Stakes

• Run on the Tuesday of the meeting.
• 7 furlongs.
• 3 year-old and older colts, fillies and mares.
• 6 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 0 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 17/2.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Tom Queally and Gerald Mosse with 2 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Sir Henry Cecil and David Elsworth with 2 wins.
• 10 winners trained in Britain.

Richmond Stakes

• Run on the Thursday of the meeting.
• 6 furlongs.
• 2 year-old colts and geldings.
• 5 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 1 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 7/2.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Richard Hughes with 3 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Richard Hannon Snr and Richard Hannon with 2 wins.
• 9 winners trained in Britain, 1 winner trained in Ireland.

King George Stakes

• Run on the Friday of the meeting.
• 5 furlongs.
• 3 year-old and older colts, fillies and mares.
• 5 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 2 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: over 4/1.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Jim Crowley with 3 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Charlie Hills with 3 wins.
• 10 winners trained in Britain.

Lillie Langtry Stakes

• Run on the Saturday of the meeting.
• 1 mile and 6 furlongs.
• 3 year-old and older fillies and mares.
• 4 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 1 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 11/2.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Jim Crowley and Tom Queally with 2 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: John Gosden with 2 wins.
• 8 winners trained in Britain, 2 winners trained in Ireland.

Group 3 Races

There are five Group 3 races at Glorious Goodwood and here are some key facts for each race:

Molecomb Stakes

• Run on the Wednesday of the meeting.
• 5 furlongs.
• 2 year-old colts and fillies.
• 2 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 0 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: almost 11/2.
• Leading jockey since 2010: No jockey has more than 1 win.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Richard Hannon Snr with 2 wins.
• 9 winners trained in Britain, 1 winner trained in Ireland.

Gordon Stakes

• Run on the Thursday of the meeting.
• 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
• 3 year-old colts and fillies.
• 3 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 0 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 4/1.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Silvestre de Sousa and Ryan Moore with 2 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Sir Michael Stoute with 3 wins.
• 9 winners trained in Britain, 1 winner trained in Ireland.

Thoroughbred Stakes

• Run on the Friday of the meeting.
• 1 mile.
• 3 year-old colts and fillies.
• 4 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 10 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 9/2.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Frankie Dettori and Richard Hughes with 2 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Richard Hannon Snr and Sir Michael Stoute with 2 wins.
• 10 winners trained in Britain.

Oak Tree Stakes

• Run on the Friday of the meeting.
• 7 furlongs.
• 3 year-old and older fillies and mares.
• 2 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 0 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 11/1.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Gregory Benoist with 2 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: F Rohaut with 3 wins.
• 7 winners trained in Britain, 3 winners trained in France.

Glorious Stakes

• Run on the Friday of the meeting.
• 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
• 4 year-old and older colts, fillies and mares.
• 4 winning or joint favourites over the last 10 years, 0 at odds-on.
• 10 year average SP of the winner: 4/1.
• Leading jockey since 2010: Ryan Moore with 3 wins.
• Leading trainer since 2010: Sir Michael Stoute with 3 wins.
• 10 winners trained in Britain.

Other Races

The other races at Glorious Goodwood are as follows:

Tuesday

Class 2 Unibet Handicap over 1 mile, 1 furlong and 197 yards.
Class 2 EBF Maiden Stakes over 6 furlongs.
Class 2 Chelsea Barracks Handicap over 5 furlongs.
Class 3 Unibet Fillies’ Handicap over 1 mile.

Wednesday

Class 2 Unibet Goodwood Handicap over 2 miles, four furlongs and 134 yards.
Class 2 Unibet Handicap over 1 mile 3 furlongs and 218 yards.
Class 2 EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes over 5 furlongs.
Class 2 EBF Fillies’ Premier Handicap over 1 mile, 1 furlong and 197 yards.
Class 3 New & Lingwood Handicap over 7 furlongs.

Thursday

Class 2 Unibet Handicap over 1 mile, 1 furlong and 197 yards.
Class 2 Telegraph Nursery over 7 furlongs.
Class 2 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over 7 furlongs.
Class 3 Tatler Handicap over 5 furlongs.

Friday

Class 2 Unibet Golden Mile Handicap over 1 mile.
Class 2 Unibet Nursery over 6 furlongs.
Class 3 TDN Australia Handicap over 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 44 yards.

Saturday

Class 2 Stewards’ Sprint Handicap over 6 furlongs.
Class 2 Summer Handicap over 1 mile and 6 furlongs.
Class 2 EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes over 7 furlongs.
Class 2 Qatar Handicap over 7 furlongs.
Class Apprentice Handicap over 1 mile, 1 furlong and 11 yards.

Winners Records

Jockeys

Here are the leading Glorious Goodwood jockeys over the last 10 years:

Year Jockey Number of Winners

2010 Richard Hughes 9
2011 Richard Hughes 5
2012 Richard Hughes 4
2013 Richard Hughes 7
2014 William Buick 5
2015 Frankie Dettori 6
2016 Ryan Moore 8
2017 Ryan Moore 5
2018 Ryan Moore 5
2019 PJ McDonald 4

Trainers

Here are the leading Glorious Goodwood trainers over the last 10 years:

Year Trainer Number of Winners

2010 Richard Hannon 9
2011 Richard Hannon 5
2012 Mark Johnston 6
2013 Richard Hannon 8
2014 Mark Johnston 4
2015 Richard Hannon 5
2016 Mark Johnston 4
2017 Mark Johnston 4
2018 Mark Johnston 4
2019 Mark Johnston 6

Goodwood betting markets

Betting on Goodwood features all of the usual horse racing markets. From the obvious for specific races to ante-post options for the festival as a whole, there are plenty of opportunitites including:

  • Individual race winners
  • Distance of winning margin
  • Jockey with the most winning rides during the festival
  • Trainer with the most winning rides during the festival

Course Description

Goodwood is one of the most idiosyncratic courses in Britain. There is a straight six furlong course and then two elements to the rest of the track. Some races start on a loop and join the straight at the top bend and others join the straight on a lower bend. Due to the nature of the course there is no draw advantage. Here is a guide to Goodwood Racecourse and the other tracks in Britain and Ireland.

History of Glorious Goodwood

Racing at Goodwood first came about at the dawn on the 19th century as the Duke of Richmond set out a course on Goodwood Estate known as "The Harroway". The first meets were scheduled for the benefit of the Sussex Militia, for whom the Duke was a colonel. The officers set up a annual race which was initially a two-day meeting which was quickly developed to a three day affair after its initial success.

Racing continued at Goodwood but it began to get really popular after the Second World War. During the July meeting on the Tuesday in 1953, 55,000 flocked in their droves to experience the thrill of the races that summer. The event has now gone from strength to strength and has firmly established itself as one of the jewels in the crown of the British flat racing season.

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