Glorious Goodwood Festival Races

Principal Pattern Races

The Betfair Cup (Lennox Stakes) is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds and above and is run over 7 furlongs, and it was acquired by Goodwood in 2000. In 2007, it was valued at GBP 150 000. Only one horse has won this event more than once and that was Nayyir who claimed the glory in 2002 and 2003 ridden by jockey Eddie Ahern. The 2003 win was particularly impressive as the horse had nearly died in Hong Kong during the winter! Top jockey, Richard Hughes rode Paco Boy to victory at the 2008 Lennox Stakes.
The Gordon Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds only. It is run over 1mile 4 furlongs and in 2007 was valued at GBP 50 000. It was first run in 1902 to celebrate the revival of the Dukedom of Richmond by Queen Victoria in 1876 in favour of the Richmond Family. The strongest field to contest the event was in 1996 when 12 horses competed. Frankie Dettori is the most successful current jockey with four wins, John Dunlop the most successful trainer with 6 wins and 38.7% of winners were favourites!
The Molecomb Stakes is a Group 3 race for two year olds only, ridden over 5 furlongs, with a cash value of GBP 50 000 (2007). It is named after a part of the ancient Goodwood Estate and is another of the very old, established Goodwood races, first run in 1833. Lester Piggott holds the record for the most wins with 8, and Michael Hills is the most prolific current winner with a total of 3 wins.
The Sussex Stakes is the most prestigious & richest race of all the five days, and is considered the most important all-aged race in Europe to be run over a mile. It is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds and in 2007 was valued at GBP300 000. Although not always the number one race on the Glorious Goodwood calendar, it became a premier event by the late 19th century, and its prestige was enhanced even further when King Edward V11’s Derby winner, Minoru won the race in 1909. In 2003 Pat Eddery rode Reel Buddy to victory in his final season of riding, giving him his sixth win to equal Lester Piggott’s record. Mick Kinane is the most successful current jockey with 4 wins under his belt. Over 55% of the winners have started the race as favourites.
The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes is a relatively recent addition to the Glorious Goodwood racecard – it was first run in 1975. It is a Group 2 race for two-year-olds only and is run over 7 furlongs, and in 2007 it had a cash value of GBP 70 000. Trainer Mark Johnston achieved consecutive victories in 2003 and 2004 with Lucky Story and Shamardal respectively, but the trainers who have been truly dominant over the years have been Dick Hern and Henry Cecil who have accounted for 12 of the 31 winners between them! Fabulous Frankie Dettori is the most successful jockey currently riding with a duo of wins.
The Audi Stakes (King George Stakes) is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds and above, is run over 5 furlongs and has prize money of GBP 50 000. It was introduced to Goodwood in 1911 and named in honour of King George V who had succeeded to the throne the previous year. Lester Piggott holds the most wins with 9 and current jockeys Frankie Dettori, Mick Kinane and Darryll Holland share the spoils with two wins. Three horses have won the Stakes in consecutive years – Lochsong (‘93&’94), Right Boy (’58 &’59) and Abernant (‘49&’50).
The Goodwood Cup is a Group 2 race for three-year-olds and up and is run over 2 miles. In 2007 it had a cash value of GBP 100 000. The race was established in 1812 and is one of the oldest principal events of the Flat calendar. It was initially a three-mile race but following the Jockey Club’s review of staying races, the distance was reduced to 2 miles. Over the years the Goodwood Cup has been contested by Classic winners with staying pretensions. In 1995 Double Trigger claimed the cup and then went on to complete the stayer’s triple crown in the Doncaster Cup, having already lifted the Ascot Gold Cup. He returned to claim victory again in 1997 and 1998 and is the only three-timer of the Cup. Pat Eddery and Lester Piggott share the honour with 5 wins each, and the most successful current jockey is Mick Kinane with four wins. Half of the winning horses have been the favourites on the day!
The Richmond Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-old colts and geldings and is run over 6 furlongs, and in 2007 the prize money stood at GBP 70 000. The sixth Duke of Richmond gave his family name to the race, and it is traditionally won by future sprinters with the sharp track and customary fast ground putting the emphasis strongly on speed. None other than Lester Piggott holds the record with six wins and current jockeys who have won on two occasions are Kieren Fallon, Richard Quinn and John Fortune. Forty-three percent of the winners have been the favourites going in to the race.
The Coults Glorious Stakes is a handicap race for four-year-olds and up and is run over one mile and three furlongs. It was first run at Goodwood in 1979 and was originally named after the 1949 Goodwood Cup winner, Alycidon, who also won the coveted Ascot Gold Cup and the Doncaster Cup. After a couple of small fields the conditions of the race were altered in ’93 and it became a limited handicap for older horses. These changes immediately attracted a field which ran into double figures for the very first time, and in 1994 the handicap was changed to weights 9-07 to 8-07 with a rating band of 0-110.The longest priced winner was Bahamian Sunshine at 20-1 in 1997 and the current jockey with the most wins is, of course, Frankie Dettori (3 wins).
The Oak Tree Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old or above fillies and mares. It is run over 7 furlongs, has a cash value of GBP 50 000 and was first run in 1980. It is named after the Oak Tree Racing Association in LA which has a close association with Goodwood. The most successful jockey overall is Steven Cauthen with 4 wins, and currently Michael Hills is leading the pack with 3 wins. Trainer Henry Cecil boasts 5 wins, and 37% of winners went into the race as favourites.
The Nassau Stakes is a Group 1 race and is run over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. It is the second richest race on the Goodwood Festival calendar, and in 2007 prize money stood at GBP 200 000. The ten-furlong contest is now one of the premier races for fillies and mares of the entire season. First run in 1840 the race is named after the friendship which developed between the 5th Duke of Richmond and the House of Orange-Nassau. The omnipotent Lester Piggott again holds the overall record with 5 and Kieren Fallon is the most prolific of the current jockeys with 3 wins. Henry Cecil tops the list of successful trainers who are still training and he has claimed 5 wins to date. Over 37% of the winners have been the favourites on the day.