One of the most picturesque racecourses on the planet is set for a five day feast of racing, as the Glorious Goodwood meeting gets underway this week. Tucked away in the Sussex Downs, the festival is one of the most hotly anticipated on the calendar, and punters will be treated to 35 encapsulating races over the next few days.
Naturally, the blue riband events are subject to the most excitement, and already there is plenty of speculation as to who might emerge victorious in the principal battles.
So, on the cusp of the five-day event, here’s a closer look at the three feature races on the card—the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the Artemis Goodwood Cup and Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes—the horses that should emerge victorious at the meeting and how much the winners will pocket should they steer their horse home in first place.
In addition, here's the full racecard for the entire week, including all 35 races over the course of the next five days :
|July 29 2014|
|BET365.COM STAKES (HANDICAP)||1:55 p.m.|
|BET365 MOLECOMB STAKES (GROUP 3)||2:30 p.m.|
|BET365 LENNOX STAKES (GROUP 2)||3:05 p.m.|
|BET365 SUMMER STAKES (HANDICAP)||3:40 p.m.|
|BET365 EBF MAIDEN STAKES (BOBIS RACE) (COLTS & GELDINGS)||4:15 p.m.|
|BET365 STAKES (HANDICAP)||4:50 p.m.|
|CASINO AT BET365 STAKES (HANDICAP)||5:20 p.m.|
|July 30 2014|
|GOODWOOD STAKES (HANDICAP)||1:55 p.m.|
|NEPTUNE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT GORDON STAKES (GROUP 3)||2:30 p.m.|
|QIPCO SUSSEX STAKES (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (GROUP 1)||3:05 p.m.|
|VEUVE CLICQUOT VINTAGE STAKES (GROUP 2)||3:40 p.m.|
|MARKEL INSURANCE MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (BOBIS RACE)||4:15 p.m.|
|EBF STALLIONS BREEDING WINNERS FILLIES´ STAKES (HANDICAP)||4:50 p.m.|
|TURF CLUB STAKES (HANDICAP)||5:25 p.m.|
|July 31 2014|
|FAIRMONT STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||2:05 p.m|
|QATAR BLOODSTOCK RICHMOND STAKES (GROUP 2) (COLTS & GELDINGS)||2:35 p.m.|
|ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (GROUP 2)||3:10 p.m.|
|STERLING INSURANCE LILLIE LANGTRY STAKES (GROUP 3) (FILLIES & MARES)||3:45 p.m.|
|EBF BRITISH STALLION STUDS NEW HAM MAIDEN FILLIES´ STAKES (BOBIS RACE)||4:20 p.m.|
|TATLER STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||4:50 p.m.|
|QIPCO APPRENTICE STAKES (HANDICAP)||5:25 p.m.|
|August 1 2014|
|COUTTS GLORIOUS STAKES (GROUP 3)||1:55 p.m.|
|BONHAMS THOROUGHBRED STAKES (GROUP 3)||2:30 p.m.|
|BETFRED MILE (HERITAGE HANDICAP)||3:05 p.m.|
|BETFRED KING GEORGE STAKES (GROUP 2)||3:40 p.m.|
|BETFRED SUPPORTS JACK BERRY HOUSE NURSERY STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||4:15 p.m.|
|L´ORMARINS QUEENS PLATE STAKES (REGISTERED AS THE OAK TREE STAKES) (GROUP 3) (FILLIES & MARES)||4:50 p.m.|
|BETFRED MOBILE STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||5:25 p.m.|
|August 2 2014|
|JAGUAR STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||2:40 p.m.|
|MARKEL INSURANCE NASSAU STAKES (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) (GROUP 1) (FILLIES & MARES)||3:15 p.m.|
|32RED CUP (STEWARDS´ CUP) (HERITAGE HANDICAP)||3:50 p.m.|
|NATWEST AHEAD FOR BUSINESS EBF STALLIONS MAIDEN STAKES (BOBIS RACE) (COLTS & GELDINGS)||4:25 p.m.|
|TELEGRAPH NURSERY STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||5:00 p.m.|
|REVIVAL STAKES (HANDICAP) (BOBIS RACE)||5:35 p.m.|
QIPCO Sussex Stakes
|1||Darwin||Ryan Moore||A P O´Brien|
|2||Toronado||Richard Hughes||Richard Hannon|
|3||Kingman||James Doyle||John Gosden|
|4||Outstrip||William Buick||Charlie Appleby|
|5||War Command||Joseph O' Brien||A P O´Brien|
All eyes will be on Toronado and Kingman come Day 2 of the meeting, as they look set to undergo a gripping battle in the first feature race. The QIPCO Sussex Stakes is a highly prestigious event, with past winners including Rock Of Gibraltar and Frankel.
The prize money for this race is a whopping £300,000, with the winner pocketing £170,130, per BritishChampionsSeries.com.
Here are the latest odds ahead of the big race, courtesy of Channel 4 Racing:
Qipco Sussex Stakes Best odds currently available: Kingman 8-13 Toronado 2-1 War Command 16-1 Outstrip 25-1 Darwin 40-1 Wednesday, 3.05pm— Channel 4 Racing (@Channel4Racing) July 28, 2014
Toronado will be hoping for a strong performance for the second year running in this race, and a winning finish would see the horse join the legendary Frankel as a two-time winner. But Kingman comes into this one in superb form and is the favourite to triumph with the bookmakers.
Having won well recently at the Irish Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the John Gosden-trained horse has established a reputation as one of the strongest in the country over the mile distance, and he’ll be extremely difficult to beat here.
The aforementioned duo will lead off another three horses in this race, but the tagline for the event—the “Duel on the Downs”—implies that a winner will realistically come from either Kingman or Toronado. Here, the Racing Post runs the rule over both of the leading horses:
Duel on the Downs: It's last year's winner Toronado v the young pretender Kingman - but how do they measure up? - http://t.co/7XZeIlHRNS— Racing Post (@RacingPost) July 28, 2014
Given his superb recent form, Kingman should just have enough to edge out the 2013 winner. Granted, Toronado looked in excellent shape when he raced to victory in the Queen Anne’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, but the younger Kingman should have a little more in the tank in the latter stages and make better use of the anticipated good ground.
Artemis Goodwood Cup
|1||Ahzeemah||TBC||Saeed bin Suroor|
|2||Angel Gabrial||TBC||Richard Fahey|
|4||Brass Ring||James Doyle||John Gosden|
|5||Brown Panther||Richard Kingscote||Tom Dascombe|
|6||Cavalryman||TBC||Saeed bin Suroor|
|7||Excellent Result||TBC||Saeed bin Suroor|
|8||Eye Of The Storm||TBC||A P O´Brien|
|9||Forgotten Voice||TBC||Nicky Henderson|
|10||Quest For Peace||TBC||Luca Cumani|
|12||Whiplash Willie||Jimmy Fortune||Andrew Balding|
|13||Estimate||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute|
|14||Moment In Time||TBC||David Simcock|
The big news ahead of the second feature race of the meeting is that the Queen’s horse Estimate will be one of 15 runners battling for the Artemis Goodwood Cup. The mare famously won the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup and will be looking to topple last year’s winner Brown Panther, who was pulled out of King George VI at Ascot last weekend in order to focus on defending his title in Sussex.
Former England international footballer Michael Owen is the co-owner of the 2013 champion, and he took to Twitter to explain the reasoning behind the Ascot withdrawal:
Just to add to the spice ahead of this one, Estimate will take to the Goodwood turf embroiled in something of a controversy. The horse recently tested positive for morphine after being fed contaminated feed, per Marcus Armytage of The Telegraph, but has been given permission to compete at the Goodwood meeting where she’ll indisputably remain as one of the star attractions.
A stellar field for this one also includes Ahzeemah—the runner-up in 2013—and the Princess of Wales’s Stakes winner Cavalryman, giving this Ladies’ Day feature race an extremely open feel to it. Whoever emerges on top will take home £68,052 of the £120,000 prize money available, per BritishChampionsSeries.com.
Estimate certainly has the pedigree to win this one, but after pulling out of Ascot, there should be high hopes for last year’s champion Brown Panther, too. He’s shown that he is extremely capable around the Goodwood circuit and after a good rest over the weekend, should have the refreshed legs to race away from the field if he finds himself in contention late on.
Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes
|Eastern Belle||John Gosden|
|Madame Chiang||D M Simcock|
|Palace||A P O'Brien|
|Amazing Maria||E A L Dunlop|
|Venus de Milo||A P O'Brien|
|Narniyn||Alain De Royer-Dupre|
|Thistle Bird||R Charlton|
|Mango Diva||Sir Michael Stoute|
The highlight on the final day of the festival is the Nassau Stakes, a race that attracted a whopping 29 entries, per Sky Sports. But only 10 lucky runners will line up for this one, as the riders look to pocket £113,420 of the £200,000 awarded to the winner of a race exclusively for mares and fillies, per BritishChampionsSeries.com.
Heading the 10 runners will be Thistle Bird, a horse that produced a scintillating finish 12 months ago to come up just short of the eventual winner, Winsili. But she’s a horse coming into this one in fine fettle; her maiden Group 1 win in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Curragh last month a pertinent indicator of that.
The Roger Charlton-trained horse looks set to be involved in a big battle for the title though, especially with Gosden—the winning trainer in this race for the last two years—entering two horses of his own in Sultanina and Eastern Belle. But this time round, Thistle Bird should have enough to emerge victorious.
The experience of coming so close last year will be there to draw on for both horse and jockey, while a good ground should favour the mare as she looks race home in comparably blistering fashion to what we witnessed 12 months ago.