Goodwood Racecourse: The Best Horse Racing in the lovely English Countryside!
Goodwood Racecourse is a horse racecourse located five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, England. Goodwood Racecourse regularly stages 20+ days of flat horse racing each year. The Goodwood Racecourse season is a firm fixture in the English Summer Season.
Goodwood Racecourse is home to the yearly five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar. Two of Britain 's 31 Group One flat races, namely the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes, are components of the Glorious Goodwood.
The Duke of Richmond contols Goodwood Racecourse and his seat is Goodwood House located very near the racecourse.
Goodwood Racecourse also hosts several important stakes events. Among them are:
- Celebration Mile
- Cocked Hat Stakes
- Glorious Stakes
- Goodwood Cup
- Gordon Stakes
- Height of Fashion Stakes
- King George Stakes
- Lennox Stakes
- Lillie Langtry Fillies' Stakes
- March Stakes
Goodwood Racecourse's location close to the coast sometimes poses fog problems but nevertheless, is considered very pleasing and picturesque.
Goodwood Racecourse has three enclosures overlooking the course, giving spectacular views of the Sussex Downs. The Richmond (Members) Enclosure, the Gordon Enclosure and the Lennox Enclosure.
Goodwood Racecourse Description
Goodwood Racecourse has a rather unusual, complex course with a straight six furlongs - the so-called "Stewards' Cup Course" - which is uphill for the first furlong and mostly downhill thereafter.
There is a tight right-handed loop at the far end of the straight on which there are starts for various longer distance courses. These include the 1 mile, 2 furlong "Craven Course"; the 1 mile, 4 furlong "Gratwicke Course"; and the 1 mile, 6 furlong "Bentinck Course".
Overall, Goodwood Racecourse is said to favour a classy, well-balanced and nimble horse.
Goodwood Racecourse History
In 1802, horse racing was started at the Goodwood Racecourse by the 3rd Duke of Richmond.
In 1812, the first running of the Goodwood Cup was held.
In 1814, the Glorious Goodwood commenced.
In 1833, the Molecomb Stakes was first run at Goodwood Racecourse.
In 1840, the famous Nassau Stakes had its inaugural run at Goodwood Racecourse.
In 1841, its was the turn of the Sussex Stakes to have its initial run at Goodwood Racecourse.
In 2003, Goodwood Racecourse was voted the best-kept flat racecourse in the UK.
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