Now the dust on Royal Ascot has settled it’s time for arguably the most beautiful race meeting in the country as five days of Glorious Goodwood begins later this July. One of the highlights of the flat calendar, Goodwood attracts over 500 horses each year and creates legends on this coastal circuit.
Day 1 (Tuesday) boasts the Lennox Stakes and jockeys Tom Queally and Richard Hughes have both made their names on this race, each wining twice. Wednesday is the day of lead trainer Aidan O’Brien to watch his horses fly through the finishing post following four victories in the Qipco Sussex Stakes. O’Brien has 15 entries among 49 horse for this classic flat race that pits Irish 2000 Guineas scorer Magician against young stable mates Petro The Great and Cristoforo Columbo.
An Irish following always dominates Day 3 and the Artemis Goodwodd Cup, for three of the last seven races have seen Irish winners. Yet the big guns come out on Friday when the 5f King George Stakes take to the track and six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon will no doubt have his eye set on this one if he rides.
A day later Glorious Goodwood – by which point will have sold over 10,000 cups of tea and 70,400 pints of beer – hosts the Blue Square Stewards Cup. This 6f Group 1 race comes down to form and the going, with seven of the last 10 winners coming home at under 10/1.
With over 200 years of history steeped into the Glorious Goodwood stands and top jockeys littering the field, it’s no wonder this meeting is the jewel in the crown of mid-summer flat racing.
Infographic source: BetVictor
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