Glorious Goodwood gets underway tomorrow at the beautiful Goodwood Racecourse, also known as “the most beautiful racecourse in the world”. Glorious is a horse race metting quite unlike any other. The rich history of Goodwood and the social banter blending to create one of horse racing’s most loved meetings. Glorious Goodwood hospitality is the perfect hospitality opportunity at a one of the social calendar’s highlights and promises a memorable day of entertaining with clients.
And all appears to be going well at Goodwood Racecourse ahead of this week’s Glorious Goodwood meeting. Known for being a complex and unusual racecourse, trainers and jockeys alike will be glad with clerk Seamus Buckley’s confirmations this morning that the going is good all over.
The traditional Blessing of the Cups opens Glorious Goodwood tomorrow before the racing gets underway at 2 p.m with the bet365.com stakes and closing with the Mobile At bet365 Stakes. The feature race Tuesday is the bet365 Lennox Stakes which does feature a close field, headed by favourite Foxtrot Romeo. Trainer Bryan Smart was unsure on whether to put in his up and coming horse Foxtrot Romeo in the Sussex Stakes against Frankel but opted for the Lennox Stakes instead. The four year old Foxtrot Romeo has been in good form this year, finishing runner up in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and sixth in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Following the close of racing there’s a cricket match between Racing XI and the Lord’s Taverners, the perfect way to end the day whilst enjoying a Gordon’s Elderflower G&T! Expect to see Andrew Blading, Marcus Armytage and Nick Gifford playing for the racing industry.
Once again the racing gets underway at 2 p.m in the Goodwood Stakes which has a confirmed 38 runners, followed by the Veuve Cliquot Vintage Stakes at 2.35 p.m. The aptly named Olympic Glory is fancied to win this Group 2 race over 7 furlongs and has been in good form since beating Birdman at Newmarket. Expect to see this rivalry develop even further when they face each other Wednesday.
The highlight for Wednesday and the rest of Glorious week will undoubtedly be the Qipco Sussex Stakes. There’s one horse’s name on everyone’s mind at that moment and that name is Frankel who’ll be the overwhelming favourite to win the Sussex Stakes. Whilst he’ll be joined by favourite pacemaker and three-parts brother Bullet Train, Frankel will race a maximum of six other rivals, including perhaps his biggest rival Farhh. Farhh has impressed in his last two Group 1 starts, narrowly losing in the Eclipse at Sandown Park and coming in 3rd in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Thursday is Ladies’ Day at Glorious Goodwood and the feature day of the social calendar as fashion and glamour take centre stage. The Celebrity Ladies’ Charity Race is the first race of Thursday and will see supermodel Edie Campbell returning to defend her title against other celebrities including DJ Sara Cox, Channel 4 racing presenter Emma Spencer and up and coming pop singer Jade Williams who performs under the name Sunday Girl.
The Artemis Goodwood Cup is the feature race of Ladies’ Day, this year being particularly notable for it’s the 200 year anniversary of this British Champions Series race. The Goodwood Cup is set for 3.15 p.m so make sure you’ve placed your bets in time to watch this 2 mile classic.
The Betfred Mile Day is perhaps the day for racing aficionados with no less than 4 Group races. The Betfred Mile (Heritage Hanidcap) is the feature race of Friday and with a £125,000 on offer is also one of the richest handicaps in Europe too. It’d take brave man to call the winner from such a lrage field of runners but currently Trade Commissioner is the clear favourite at 4-1.
The Blue Square Stewards’ Cup is one of horse racing most impressive sights as 28 horses race over 6 furlongs. Last year Kieron Fallon won with a dominant showing from Hoof It, winning by the largest margin in the previous 8 runnings.
In another part of the British Champions Series, the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes offering £185,000 is one to watch. Frankel’s trainer Sir Henry Cecil will also be watching 6 year old mare Midday in the Nassau Stakes as she looks to successfully defend her title in this race for a record 4th time.