Goodwood Racecourse is located in West Sussex, near Chicester, and close to the famous Goodwood motor circuit. It first hosted racing in 1802 and boasts two Group 1 races – the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes. These both take place in the highlight week of Goodwood’s fixture list, Glorious Goodwood. Held in late July or early August, it boasts two Group 1 races, five Group 2s and five Group 3s, plus a Heritage Handicap.
Nearby to the racecourse itself is the Trundle – an Iron Age hill fort – which has long been used as an informal viewing point and provides outstanding views across the racecourse.
Goodwood Betting Tips
Unlike most modern circuits, the best way to describe the Goodwood track is complicated. It involves a straight 5 and 6 furlong course, which are both known for being speedy; the course records for both distances are a full two seconds quicker than over the same distance at Ascot. For longer distances, a figure of eight course is used which involves both a dog-leg and a sharp, downhill bend which can cause plenty of trouble for runners.
An uphill section before the bend makes this the downhill effect all the more pronounced and gives the quicker, front running types a chance to get away from the rest of the field before the 5 furlong home straight. Slow starting horses are best avoided, especially over the shorter distances. Galloping horses also often struggle here too. Front running horses have a statistical advantage over all trips, whereas held up horses are at a distinct disadvantage.
Goodwood Draw Bias
Over shorter distances, there is a slight advantage to being drawn low. However, it’s not an extremely strong bias, so horses from all stalls are considered for our Goodwood tips. As the distance increases, the draw bias becomes increasingly less pronounced, although there is still a slight advantage to being drawn in the very lowest numbers.
Goodwood Betting Trends
As expected, the top jockeys get the most rides at Goodwood racecourse due to the high quality of racing that takes place here. While the recently retired Richard Hughes still leads in terms of number of winners in the last five seasons, William Buick matches his strike rate with an impressive 35 winners from 177 rides. He also has the standout level stakes profit, recording +£90 to £1 stakes. Ryan Moore is often booked to ride the top horses here, as might be expected. However, he has just a 16% strike rate and a +£73 level stakes profit from 192 rides. There is, therefore, often value to be found in the market by taking his mounts on.
In terms of trainers, Sir Michael Stoute leads the top trainers with an impressive 21% strike rate in the last five seasons. However, he still records a slight level stakes profit loss. Instead, the value in this period has lain with Mark Johnston who has recorded a +£116 level stakes profit. With a strike rate of 16%, these figures suggest that he is capable of saddling big price winners here at Goodwood.
Glorious Goodwood Feature Races
- Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (1m)
- Nassau Stakes (Group 1) (1m 2f)
- King George Stakes (Group 2) (5f)
- Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2) (2m)
- Lennox Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) (6f)
- Richmond Stakes (Group 2) (6f)
- Vintage Stakes (Group 2) (7f)
- Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) (1m)
- Glorious Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f)
- Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 3) (1m 6f)
- Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f)
- Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) (5f)
Goodwood Feature Races
- Daisy Warwick Stakes (Listed) (1m 4f)
- EBF Conqueror Stakes (Listed) (1m)
- Tapster Stakes (Listed) (1m 4f)
- Al Basti Equiworld Festival Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Veolia Height Of Fashion Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f)
- Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed) (1m 3f)
- Celebration Mile (Group 2) (1m)
- Supreme Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
- March Stakes (Listed) (1m 6f)
- Prestige Stakes (Group 3) (7f)