Goodwood Races

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Goodwood Racecourse is one of the most famous flat race courses in the world and is mostly known for hosting the Glorious Goodwood, meeting, a real highlight in the flat racing calendar. Situated some five miles from Chichester in West Sussex, the course certainly occupies a glorious position and has a unique informal grandstand in the form of an Iron Age hill fort, situated close to the course. With all the contemporary facilities too, expected from a course of its stature, Goodwood Races enjoys a superb reputation in the world of horseracing.

Free Racing Tips If a picturesque location makes for an attractive day out at the races, then Goodwood can certainly provide that. Running along the rim of the Sussex Downs, the views over the surrounding landscape are spectacular and, thankfully, for those who like to combine a great setting with superb horseracing, Goodwood races are equally as impressive.

The track at Goodwood is unusual, with a 6 furlong straight which connects at one end with a triangular loop.

Undulating ground and tight irregular bends favours elegant, nimble and well-balanced horses. High draws are sometimes a good bet over the longer distances but expect surprises too on a course which is hard to handle even for the top professionals.

Frankie Dettori had notable success at Goodwood, riding his first British winner here in 1987.

The fixtures at Glorious Goodwood put all aspects of the course and rider to the test. The centrepiece of the five-day meeting is the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, run over a mile for horse three years and over. The other Group 1 race of the meeting is the Nassau Stakes, run over the same course and for fillies and mares three years and over. Another race and one of the most thrilling thunderous spectacles during Glorious Goodwood is the handicap Stewards Cup, run over the 6 furlong section of the track.

While viewing Goodwood races from the natural amphitheatre created by the Iron Age Fort is not without its unique appeal, to get the all the style, elegance and first class amenities of the races requires access to the ground and its selection of enclosures. The Richmond Enclosure is open only to members and their guests during Glorious Goodwood but open to all for all other fixtures. The enclosure comprises the March and Charlton Stands, each with great viewing over the course and badge holders can additionally access the Winners Enclosure and Paddock. Giant screens ensure nobody misses any of the close-up action.

Richmond badge holders have a variety of first class dining options to choose from. The Charlton Hunt is the signature restaurant and as well as offering award winning four course dining and afternoon tea affords superb views over the winning post and landscape beyond.
Goodwood Races, inside rail

An alternative option, in which the finest seafood can be sampled, is the Double Trigger Restaurant and for an informal carvery option there is the Horsewalk Restaurant. Bars and Tote facilities are integral features in all the restaurants and further light meals, snacks and drinks are available in other outlets available to those with Richmond Enclosure access.

The main area for racegoers at Goodwood is the Gordon Enclosure, which offers access to the Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and Sussex Grandstand. A great many betting options are available for Gordon Enclosure badge holders, including Tote outlets, pitch bookmakers and an underground Tote betting shop in the grandstand. A giant screen is erected at the winning post. Catering facilities include O’ Sullevans Cafe, Goodwood Organic Food, which serves products from local organic beef herds, a Seafood Kiosk, and, during Glorious Goodwood, the Gordon Restaurant provides a three course table d’hôte menu with all the style and finesse associated with the event.

The Lennox Enclosure provides a further option for those who want a more informal experience of Goodwood races. With plenty of betting and catering facilities all the necessary ingredients for a good day at the races are in place.

Picnics and soft drinks may be brought into the Lennox Enclosure and with children under 18 admitted free to all enclosures too Goodwood is a great race day venue for a family day out.

Admission prices vary depending on enclosure and race event and a range of hospitality packages and special offers are available. Champagne for Four is a package which comprises four day badges for the Richmond Enclosure, a bottle of house champagne, and four racecards.

This package is available for non-festival race days and must be booked at least a week in advance. A similar package, June Friday Evenings, incorporates four Gordon Enclosure badges, champagne, and two racecards. Further discounts are available to senior citizens and NUS card holders.

The incredible hospitality on offer at Goodwood Races, so prized during the race meetings, extends to hosting a range of private events available as part of race day or not. The perfect environment for wonderful weddings the course also provides a wealth of stunning, well-equipped environments for meetings and conferences.

Now, more than 200 years in existence, the origins of Goodwood are attributed to the 3rd Duke of Richmond and the course remains today in Richmond family control. Goodwood derives its name from Goodwood House, the Richmond family seat, and is a name in horseracing which is synonymous with style, sophistication and quality. A world standing of international acclaim is certainly something Goodwood achieves, through incredible surrounds and a commitment to providing the visitor with an experience second to none.