Goodwood - a Place of Horse Racing Magic

Published 2023/08/01

Goodwood - a Place of Horse Racing Magic

One place that pretty much every horse racing fan will be familiar with is Goodwood. Goodwood Racecourse, which is located near Chichester, West Sussex, is one of the most prestigious and historic horse racing venues in the United Kingdom. Just like the sport itself, it has a stunningly rich history that dates back over two centuries, with a legacy of hosting some of the biggest races in the world, witnessing remarkable wins… and showcasing the finest horses in the world of horse racing.

The History of Goodwood Racecourse

Goodwood Racecourse was established way back in 1802 by the third Duke of Richmond, Charles Lennox. The Duke was famous for his love of horse racing and created the racecourse on his estate, Goodwood House, for his viewing pleasure. The very first race meeting took place in August 1802, featuring a series of nail-biting sweepstakes races.

It has come a long way since. Over the last 200+ years, the racecourse continued to grow in popularity and has an unrivalled reputation within the horse racing betting UK industry. In 1814, the famous Goodwood Cup, a two-mile race for three-year-olds and older, was introduced and became one of the most exciting events of the racing calendar. The Goodwood Cup is now one of the oldest horse races in the world and year on year continues to attract the best horses and jockeys in the world.

The Biggest Races at Goodwood

Goodwood is world-renowned for hosting numerous prestigious races, attracting horse racing lovers from all over the world. Some of the biggest and best Goodwood horse races include:

Qatar Goodwood Festival

Formerly known as the famous Glorious Goodwood, this five-day festival in late July/early August features some of the most important horse races on the calendar - including the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes and the Goodwood Cup.

Sussex Stakes: This highly anticipated Group 1 race is run over one mile and attracts top milers from all around the globe. The race has seen some legendary horses including Frankel, a renowned unbeaten champion, claim victory.

Goodwood Cup: As mentioned earlier, the Goodwood Cup is a prestigious two-mile race and part of the British Champions Series. This race has witnessed some incredible staying horses who have secured their place in racing history.

Nassau Stakes: A Group 1 race for fillies and mares aged three years and older, the Nassau Stakes showcases the talents of some of the very best female horses in the world.

Most Famous Wins at Goodwood

As one of the most historic racecourses in the world, it comes as little surprise that Goodwood has seen its fair share of historic moments - with incredible wins that have all left an indelible mark on horse racing history.

One of the most unforgettable wins was courtesy of the aforementioned legendary horse Frankel in the 2011 Sussex Stakes. Trained by Sir Henry Cecil and ridden by Tom Queally, Frankel utterly dominated the race and won by an impressive margin - thus solidifying his status as one of the greatest racehorses ever.

Other wins worthy of a mention include Enable's win in the 2019 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the thrilling finish in the 1975 Nassau Stakes when Allez France pipped Grundy to the post in a photo finish.

Best Horses to Race at Goodwood

With such memorable and important races, Goodwood has hosted some of the best horses in the world - all of which have left a lasting impact on the sport. Some of its biggest names to have run at Goodwood include:

Dancing Brave: The awe-inspiring Dancing Brave won the 1986 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Goodwood, displaying undeniable world-class talent.

Brigadier Gerard: This unbeaten champion achieved victory in the 1972 Sussex Stakes and remains one of the greatest milers in the history of racing.

Sea The Stars: This beautiful horse managed an impressive victory in the 2009 Sussex Stakes - adding another feather to his cap in his already illustrious career.

And that’s to name but a few.


Goodwood Racecourse has more than earned its position as one of the most revered venues in the world of horse racing. With a history that spans over two centuries, the racecourse has witnessed some of the most thrilling moments in the sport - with incredible wins and the best racehorses ever to grace the track. This will be a course that will always have a place in the heart of UK racing - and racing around the world.