Glorious Goodwood Festival Betting Offers & Free Bets 2018
The Qatar Goodwood Festival, or as most of us know it Glorious Goodwood, is another prestigious festival in the British horse racing flat season coming at the end of July each year. The five day festival originated in 1802 as an event for local army officers and over the years has gained a great heritage that makes it now renowned as one of the most exciting racing festivals in the world on one of the most majestic racecourses.
Coming at the height of the British summer and with the throughbreds peaking at the middle of the season, Glorious Goodwood always lives up to its name. The festival also comes at a time of year when not much else happens in the sporting world, this means Goodwood can capture the full attention of the bookies resulting in some of the best offers you will see all year on racing. On this page we have the latest deals specific to the Goodwood Festival with information on the schedule, racecard, history and more further down.
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2018 Schedule and Racecards
In 2014 Qatar signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with Goodwood. This was the biggest deal of its type in the history of horse racing seeing over £2 million invested in the eight key races over the five days from the 31st July to the 4th August.
Glorious Goodwood hosts three of the 36 Group One flat races in the season although it’s not so much the top class races that Goodwood is glorious for. The picturesque racecourse is seen as one of the most challenging and exciting for both horses and jockeys with complex bends and turns and a 6f straight.
Day One – Tuesday 31st July 2018
|1:50||Matchbook Betting Stakes||Handicap (class 2)||1m 1f 197y|
|2:25||Vintage Stakes||Group 2||7f|
|3:00||Lennox Stakes||Group 2||7f|
|3:35||Goodwood Cup Stakes||Group 1||2m|
|4:10||EBF Maiden Stakes||Handicap – Plus 10||6f|
|4:45||Thoroughbred Marketing Handicap||Handicap (class 2)||5f|
|5:15||Matchbook Fillies’ Stakes||Handicap (class 3)||1m|
Day One eases you in nicely with a class 2 handicap over the 1 mile 2 furlong “Craven Course” as the opening race of the festival. The racing then gets into full swing with two back to back Group 2 races, the Vintage Stakes for 2-year-old juveniles (prize purse >£300k) and the Lennox Stakes (winner >£170k), named after the Duke of Lennox, for older 4 year olds. Both races are run over a mostly straight 7 furlongs, the first furlong is uphill and then the rest all downhill.
The race of the day, the Goodwood Cup Stakes is a group 1 British Champions series race. This two mile race is open to three-year-olds and commands a big prize fund of with over £280k for the winner. This is one of the oldest races first run in 1808 over the longer distance of 3 miles. The race is the second leg of the Stayers triple crown following the Gold Cup and before the Doncaster Cup. Double Trigger won the race an impressive three times.
The fifth race is the 6 furlong Stallions Maiden Stakes Plus 10 handicap open to 2yo colts. The day finishes with a 5f dash followed by a 1-mile class 3 handicap fillies’ stakes.
Day Two – Wednesday 1st August 2018
|1:50||Goodwood Handicap||Handicap (class 2)||2m 4f 134y|
|2:25||Exchange Handicap||Handicap (class 2)||1m 3f 218y|
|3:00||Molecomb Stakes||Group 3
|3:35||Sussex Stakes||Group 1||1m|
|4:10||Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes||Handicap – Plus 10||6f|
|4:45||EBF Fillies Stakes||Handicap (class 2)||1m 1f 197y|
|5:55||Cantor Fitzgerald Stakes||Handicap (class 3)||7f|
The highlight of Day 2 is the second group one race of the festival, the Sussex Stakes, now regarded as the most anticipated race of the week. The race goes all the way back to 1878 and was originally run over 6 furlongs restricted to colts, now run over 1 mile for all 3-year-olds and older. The race carries a prize purse in excess of £1,000,000 with around £600,000 for the winner. Frankel won this race twice in 2011 and 2012.
Day two begins with a long race and large field, the Goodwood Stakes class 2 handicap is run over the long “Cup Course”, 2 miles and 5 furlongs. Next up is a similar length handicap and before the Sussex Stakes there is a group 3 sprint for 2 year olds, the 5 furlong Molecomb Stakes.
Following the big race of the day there is a 6 furlong class 2 handicap Markel Insurance Stakes for fillies two years old. The final two races of the day are both handicaps, the first over one mile and one furlong for 3yo+ and the final race another big field handicap over 7 furlongs.
Day Three – Thursday 2nd August 2018
|1:50||Matchbook Stakes||Handicap (class 2)||1m 1f 197y|
|2:25||Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes||Group 3||1m 6f|
|3:00||Richmond Stakes||Group 2||6f|
|3:35||Nassau Stakes||Group 1||1m 2f|
|4:10||Telegraph Nursery||Handicap (class 2)||7f|
|4:45||EBF Maiden Stakes||Handicap – Plus 10||7f|
|5:20||Tatler Stakes||Handicap (class 3)||5f|
Day three used to be a middling day until the Nassau Stakes group one race was move to the Thursday to jazz up the card.
The day starts with a gentle class 2 handicap for 3yo’s over 1 mile 2 furlongs followed by the group 3 Markel Insurance Stakes run on the 1m 6f course for 3yo+ fillies and mares. The race is fairly new, first run in 2003 and named after the actress it offers a prize pool of £100k with around £60k for the winner
The first big race of the day is next with the group 2 Richmond Stakes, this £200k+ prize pool sprint over 6 furlongs is open to two-year-old colts and geldings. The race is named after the Duke of Richmond and was established in 1877.
Now it’s time for the group one Nassau Stakes. The race is named after the The House of Orange-Nassau, a royal Dutch house that goes back to times before William of Orange. This is also one of the oldest races at Goodwood dating back to 1840. The race distance is almost 1 mile and 2 furlongs and the prize fund is in excess of £600,000 with around £350k for the winner.
The day is finished off with three handicaps starting with two back-to-back 7 furlong races for juveniles and finished off with a 5 furlong sprint for 3-year-olds.
Day Four – Friday 3rd August 2018
|1:50||Betfred Glorious Stakes||Group 3||1m 3f 218y|
|2:25||Thoroughbred Stakes||Group 3||1m|
|3:00||Betfred Mile||Heritage Handicap||1m|
|3:35||King George Stakes||Group 2||5f|
|4:10||Jack Berry House Nursery Handicap||Handicap (class 2)||6f|
|4:40||Oak Tree Stakes||Group 3||7f|
|5:15||Betfred Mobile Stakes||Handicap (class 3)||1m 3f 44y|
By day four the festival is in full swing with an impressive four group races for spectators to enjoy in the sun. The day gets going with the group 3 Glorious Stakes, another middle distance 1 mile 4 furlong race on the Gratwicke Course for 4yo and older horses. The race goes back to 1979 with around £100,000 on offer.
Next it’s the Thoroughbred Stakes, another group three 1-mile race that goes back to 1993, Frankie Dettori wont his on 5 occasions between 1995 and 2012.
Sandwiched in the middle of the group races is the Betfed Mile, a one-mile class 2 handicap with the largest prize fund for a race of this type £150,000.
It’s back to the group two’s next with the race of the day, the King George Stakes, this 5f sprint is open to 3yo’s and carries a £300,000 purse with over £170,000 for the winner. The race was established in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. Lester Piggott is the leading jockey winning the race on 9 occasions on 8 different horses.
A 6f class 2 handicap for juveniles goes off before the final group three race, the Oak Tree Stakes. This 7 furlong run for fillies and mares over three was first hosted in 1980 to commemorate the opening of a new grandstand for Queen Elizabeth II. The day ends with the only race of the week to be held over one mile and 3 furlongs, the class 3 Betfred Mobile Stakes for 3-years+ horses.
Day Five – Saturday 4th August 2018
|1:50||Stewards Sprint Stakes||Handicap (class 2)||6f|
|2:25||Summer Handicap||Handicap (class 2)||1m 6f|
|3:00||Gordon Stakes||Group 3
||1m 3f 218y|
|3:35||Stewards’ Cup||Heritage Handicap||6f|
|4:10||EBF Maiden Stakes||Handicap – Plus 10||7f|
|4:45||Qatar Stakes||Handicap (class 2)||7f|
|5:20||Apprentice Stakes||Handicap (class 3)||1m 1f 11y|
The final day at Glorious Goodwood has lost the group one Nassau Stakes (to day 3) but that has done nothing to dampen the atmosphere, this is Goodwood afterall, donkeys could run and they would still cheer.
The fifth day is a day of handicaps, and this is great for those punters looking to back a few outsiders each-way. First up is a quick handicap Stewards’ Sprint over 6 furlongs, this acts as a consolation race for those that didn’t qualify for the Stewards’ Cup later on.
Race 2, the Summer Handicap, is also a handicap but this time over twice the distance, 1 mile and 6 furlongs, followed by the Gordon Stakes, a group 3 race for 3yo’s on the 1 mile 4 furlong “Gratwicke Course”.
The benefit of losing the Nassau Stakes from day 5 is it has promoted the much loved heritage handicap Stewards’ Cup to the race of the day. This is open to all horses aged three or older and is now run over just 6 furlongs. The race name goes back to the 1830’s when the senior steward of the course would award a cup to the winner of any race they chose. This varied each year and was finally fixed by Lord George Bentinck in 1839 for one race over a mile and a half, this is where the 1m 6f Bentinck Course name comes from. The current race has a purse of £250k with around £160,000 to the winner.
The end of the festival sees three big field handicap races that gives punters a chance to place some nice each-way bets. The first is open to 2yo males followed by a 3yo+ race, both class 2 run over 7 furlongs, before the festival curtain falls with a class 3 1 mile 1 furlong race for four-year-olds and older.
About the Qatar Goodwood Festival
Goodwood racecourse is part of the Goodwood country estate around five miles from Chichester in West Sussex, England. The estate has been owned and run by the Duke of Richmond family since the 18th Century with the third Duke the founder of the course and festival. The landscape around the estate is renowned for its attractiveness, set against a Iron Age hill fort, and being fairly close to the sea the course is often bathed in mist and fog in the mornings.
The race course is quite unique and seen as quite challenge to younger horses in particular. The course consists of a 6 furlong straight, used for the Stewards Cup, that goes uphill to begin with for a furlong before descending for the remainder. The course then continues into a right-handed loop, at this point there are various starting points for races of other distances. Many of these distances are named after the people responsible for developing the course, such as the 1 mile 6 furlong Bentinck Course named after Lord Bentinck who established some of the first modifications in the 1830’s. As the loop continues there a series of sharp bends and undulations on the turf that create a challenging environment for the thoroughbreds.
History of Glorious Goodwood
Goodwood owes its existence to the Third Duke of Richmond, an illegitimate son of Charles II and his French mistress. The Duke was the colonel of the Sussex Militia who at the time held annual races hosted by the Earl of Egremont in Petworth Park. The Earl, an unpredictable character, withdrew the invitation in 1801 and in 1802 the Duke of Richmond stepped in by establishing a two-day race meeting on the Goodwood Estate. The Duke even had a winner on day one with his horse Cedar. The event was hugely popular and so the following year the Duke expanded the event to three days and under Jockey Club rules.
The Duke died in 1806 passing the estate on to the Fourth Duke, his nephew. It was at this time that the Goodwood Cup was established in 1812 and two years later the meeting was moved from May to the end of July where it has remained for over 200 years. This move proved highly popular and attendances grew, the timing was indeed perfect for the aristocracy to attend before retreating to their rural summer estates.
The Fifth Duke took over the estate in 1819 investing in the course including building a new 3000 people stand in 1830. With the assistance of the Lord George Bentinck the course and racing held at Goodwood was reformed with a number of firsts including setting off the race with a flag, pre-race horse parades, numbers on horses and the first racecards.
More prestigious races were subsequently founded, The Molecomb Stakes in 1833, the Stewards’ Cup and Nassau Stakes in 1840 and the Sussex Stakes in 1878. Over the years up to the middle of the 20th Century Goodwood steadily increased in popularity with many of these new races attaining permanent prestige. The meeting also became synonymous with the height of the British summer, commanding a jovial and raucous atmosphere less common at the more formal meetings such as Royal Ascot.
Following a suspension for the Second World War the festival returned and by 1953 was attracting 55,000 visitors for the opening day. Over the years Goodwood has incorporated other race events with meetings now from April through to the end of the flat season, including very popular evening racing. The course has been steadily improved with the number of group races, sponsorship and prize money all increasing to create the present day summer horse racing festival second only Royal Ascot.