Glorious Goodwood Festival Racehorses

Aljabr

Stallion Aljabr is just one of the many success stories of the Godolphin team. Although he was retired from racing in 2007, he remains one of the few horses to have won Group One races at 2, 3 and 4 years old.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, he set records at the 1999 Glorious Goodwood Festival Meet when he won the coveted Group One race, the Sussex Stakes in 1 minute 35.66 seconds, ridden by Champion jockey Frankie Dettori. What made his emphatic victory all the more remarkable was that just three months prior to Goodwood, he was considered to be out of racing permanently.

He was in the United States training for the Kentucky Derby and two days prior to the race the grey broke down physically with muscle problems – no-one thought he would recover, but recover he did, smashing records in the process!

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway set the Flat Racing season alight in 2000 with his miraculous win in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. In a hugely thrilling finish he managed to squeak past the Aga Khan’s horse, Kalanisi by just three quarters of a length!

He caused quite a stir in the racing fraternity when he won five Group 1 races in Europe in a single season, and out of 13 starts he boasts 9 wins and 4 seconds! Some of his bigger race wins include:

Eclipse Stakes at Sandown – A Group one race run over 10 furlongs
Irish Champion Stakes at The Curragh – A Group one race, also over 10 furlongs
St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot – A Group one race over 8 furlongs
Juddmonte International Stakes at York – A Group one, 10 furlong race.
Rock of Gibraltar

A former superstar of the famed Coolmore Stud, Rock of Gibraltar is the first horse to have won seven group one races in a row, including the English and Irish 2000 Guineas.

Ridden by Mick Kinane, he won the 2002 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, matching Mill Reef’s record of 6 consecutive wins, but then he went one up and has set a record which will not easily be broken.

He enjoyed only two seasons of racing, in 2001 and 2002, and ended his final year voted the European Champion three-year-old Colt and the European Horse of the Year. Trained by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland, and owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and Susan Magnier his big race wins include:

2001 Railway Stakes
2001 Gimcrack Stakes
2001 Grand Criterium
2001 Dewhurst Stakes
2002 Two Thousand Guineas
2002 Irish 2000 Guineas
2002 Sussex Stakes
2002 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp