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Where is Goodwood Racecourse?
Goodwood Racecourse is on the South Downs 7km north of Chichester in West Sussex. It is reached from London via the A3 (J10 on the M25) and A286.
Chichester is the nearest rail station with the 900 bus operating to the track during Glorious Goodwood. Otherwise, it is a 15-minute taxi journey.
What is Goodwood Racecourse Famous For?
One of the most picturesque racecourses in the world, Goodwood Racecourse was opened to the public for a three-day meeting in 1802 by the third Duke of Richmond.
'Glorious Goodwood' became a summer highlight with King Edward VII calling it “a garden party with racing tacked on”. The course now stages around 20 days' racing a year.
Goodwood Racecourse Track Specifics
Goodwood is a right-handed track similar to a figure-of-eight without crossing over. It is full of undulations and the bottom turn is very sharp with a camber which can catch horses out before the five-furlong (1000m) run-in.
Races of a mile and a half (2400m) and longer incorporate the top bend while sprints take place on a fast six-furlong (1200m) straight track.
Biggest Meeting's at Goodwood Racecourse
Glorious Goodwood is now a five-day Festival at the end of July or early August running from Tuesday to Saturday. It is second only to Royal Ascot in terms of prestige with Panama hats replacing the toppers.
The Sussex Stakes is the feature over a mile (1600m) and takes place on the Wednesday. The other Group 1s are the stayers' Goodwood Cup on the opening day and the Nassau Stakes for fillies and mares on the Thursday.
The highlight for punters is the six-furlong Stewards' Cup on the Saturday. The 27-runner handicap is fast and furious with plenty of luck in running required.
Visit the official Goodwood Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!