Glorious Goodwood 2021 Betting Tips & Odds

Glorious Goodwood is one of the biggest flat horse racing meetings in the UK, with punters loving the opportunity to go through the racecard each day and pick out the winners of the several Group 1 encounters throughout this midweek festival. Here at Racing-Odds.com, we will provide you with the ultimate lowdown and Glorious Goodwood racecards, with the runners and riders outlined along with key information including the betting odds.

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Betting On The Glorious Goodwood Festival 2021

Tuesday 27 July – Goodwood Cup Day
The 2021 Glorious Goodwood Festival starts on Tuesday 27 July, with this being Goodwood Cup Day and all eyes will be on Stradivarius as the long distance legend looks to make it five successes in this particular race.

The John Gosden-trained charge has dominated the Goodwood Cup in the past four years, having won as a three-year-old in 2017 before going on to land a further three successes. There is sure to be plenty of interest when it comes to this two-mile encounter.

Wednesday 28 July – Sussex Stakes Day
The Sussex Stakes is the highlight race of the entire Glorious Goodwood Festival, with Frankel, Solow and Mohaather among the recent winners. This Group 1 flat encounter is run over a mile and Frankel remains the only horse that has triumphed on two occasions when winning in 2011 and 2012.\nWhen it comes to the 2021 Sussex Stakes, Palace Pier is trading as the market leader, with the four-year-old having already proven a popular bet and he has claimed two victories this season. The John Gosden-trained charge claimed victory in the Bet365 Mile on 23 April, while the runner was sent off as the 1/2 favourite in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes and didn’t disappoint.\nAidan O’Brien has a number of horses that can make an impact in the Sussex Stakes, with St Mark’s Basilica looking to be the pick of the runners and he also boasts a couple of big victories this season, with the three-year-old having recorded successes at Chantilly and Longchamp.\nOrder of Australia is yet to be seen at a racecourse this season, although Joan Of Arc is a talented three-year-old who has won twice this season and will carry less weight for a race where the prize money is over £500,000 for the winner.

Thursday 29 July – Ladies’ Day
Glorious Goodwood is not just about horse racing and Ladies’ Day will see some cutting-edge fashion on display, although there are also some big races including the Magnolia Cup and the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes, with the latter being run over one mile and two furlongs.\nMidday is the most successful horse in this race having won on three occasions, with jockey Ryan Moore having won three of the past five renewals on Minding, Winter and Fancy Blue.

Friday 30 July – King George Day
When it comes to sprint contests, few flat races can rival the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes, with Battaash potentially back to defend a crown that has been landed in the past four years and punters will be keen to find the latest betting odds available.\nThe Charles Hills-trained superstar could make serious history in the 2021 King George Stakes, having won his first race in 2017 as a three-year-old and his times have got progressively faster as the races have worn on.

Saturday 31 July – Stewards’ Cup Day
The final day of the 2021 Glorious Goodwood Festival takes place on Saturday 31 July, with the Stewards’ Cup being sponsored by bookmaker Unibet and we’ve seen Lochsong, Dancing Star and Khaadem among the recent winners.\nSummerghand was the surprise winner of this iconic sprint race in 2020, with three of the past four champions having traded at betting odds of 20/1 or bigger.


Racing Highlights

With five days of brilliant action there are many highlights but the following races are certainly not to be missed.

  • Day 1 – Goodwood Cup, Group 1, 2m
  • Day 1 - Lennox Stakes, Group 2, 7f
  • Day 2 – Sussex Stakes, Group 1, 1m
  • Day 2 - Vintage Stakes, Group 2, 7f
  • Day 3 – Richmond Stakes, Group 2, 6f
  • Day 3 – Nassau Stakes, Group 1, 1m 1f 192y
  • Day 4 – King George Stakes, Group 3, 1m 4f
  • Day 4 – Glorious Stakes, Group 3, 1m 4f
  • Day 5 – Stewards’ Cup, Handicap, 6f
Many punters are naturally drawn towards the three Group 1 races, and rightly so. The first of the meeting is the Goodwood Cup, a different beast from many of the sprints that dominate the glamour stakes. This race is run over a challenging distance of two miles and is the second leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown, taking place either side of the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Doncaster Cup. Yeats, Persian Punch and Double Trigger are some of the former winners, the latter horse triumphing thrice in four years from 1995.

The second of the trio of Group 1s is the Sussex Stakes, which takes place on the Wednesday of Glorious Goodwood each year. The prize money for the winner stands at more than £500,000 and the race attracts the best milers around. Frankel won this one in 2011 and 2012, with Rock of Gibraltar being another illustrious former winner.

The big race on day three for the fillies and mares: the Nassau Stakes. This one is worth a cool £600,000 and adds real racing quality to one of the most glamorous Ladies’ Days around. Ouija Board is one of the best known former winners, whilst Midday completed a Nassau hat-trick between 2009 and 2011.

The Course

Goodwood is owned by the Goodwood Estate of Duke of Richmond and is located near Chichester in West Sussex. Accessing the course is easy by rail or car and it’s around 60 miles from London. It is a picturesque track, with views of the Sussex Downs, though being close to the south coast fog can be an issue.

The course is unique, with undulations and a tight loop, as well as a straight six furlong course that is exceptionally quick and is mainly downhill. It provides a testing challenge that usually means the cream rises to the top. Due to the sharp turns, Goodwood tends to favour agile, nippier horses.

Glorious Goodwood History

The Goodwood Estate was founded by the first Duke of Richmond who was the illegitimate son of Charles II. This is a fitting origin, given Charles II’s huge passion for horse racing. There had been a house at Goodwood since as early as the late 16th century but the existing property dates back to 1616.

It was the third Duke of Richmond who instigated horse racing at Goodwood in 1802, initially for the benefit and entertainment of the Sussex Militia. Various improvements were made over the next 20 years or so as racing became more established and the meeting moved from a two- to a three-day meeting, before eventually a fourth day was added.

The Goodwood Cup was first run in 1812 and many of the key races of the great festival were established between then and 1841. The Sussex Stakes was added in 1841, following the Nassau Stakes a year earlier. The Stewards’ Cup was also established in 1840, seven years after the Molecomb Stakes.

In 1906 Edward VII caused a huge shock by arriving to Goodwood wearing a Panama hat and a linen suit. This casual attire was a huge break from traditional formalities but in many ways was the birth of Glorious Goodwood as we know it today. The King described the meeting as “a garden party with racing tacked on’’, and with its late summer scheduling it became very much viewed as a fitting finale to the English Season.

For long periods Glorious Goodwood was the only racing to take place at the course but after the Second World War racing boomed and more meetings were added. The Festival continued to grow and grow and in 1970 a fifth day was added.

In 2014 Qatar agreed a huge sponsorship deal with Goodwood Racecourse. Lasting 10 years there was huge investment, boosting the prize money on offer for the Qatar Goodwood Festival, as it is known for sponsorship reasons. Glorious Goodwood now boasts a staggering £5m prize pool, with the best horses, jockeys and trainers joining more than 100,000 fans to savour Goodwood’s unique flavour.

Glorious Goodwood FAQ

Glorious Goodwood 2021 takes place between 27 July – 31 July, with Goodwood Racecourse opening its doors for the five-day meeting after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented any racegoers attending the 2020 meeting. There are five consecutive racecards packed with high quality racing.
The Sussex Stakes is regarded as the jewel in the crown during the five-day meeting, although the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes also have Group One status. There are also a number of Group 2 encounters such as the Lennon Stakes and Vintage Stakes, with every day packed with quality encounters.
If you’re not fortunate enough to attend Goodwood Racecourse in order to watch this five-day meeting, there are opportunities to scour the racecards and watch the action on TV. There is also a fantastic opportunity to look at the race card on a bookmaker website, place a bet on your favourite horse and then click through and watch a live stream of the race where you’ve had a bet.
When it comes to the Group 1 races that appear on the Glorious Goodwood racecard, you have the Sussex Stakes on Day 2, the Goodwood Cup on Day 3 and the Nassau Stakes on Day 5. However, there are many other high-profile encounters including Group 2 races the Lennox Stakes, Vintage Stakes, Richmond Stakes and King George Stakes.
Yes, for the 2021 Glorious Goodwood meeting, spectators will be in attendance. Although numbers will be limited, it will still mean thousands of racegoers head to Goodwood Racecourse for each of the five days that comprise the meeting. Fans will be able to wear their finery and soak up the magical atmosphere.
Betting on Glorious Goodwood involves looking at the racecards over five days of horse racing and picking out the horses that interest you the most. Some betting customers might want to pick out a certain race, while others want to back a certain horse and it’s a simple case of having an online betting account where you can head to a bookmaker and place your bets.
You should pay close attention to the Goodwood racecard in order to determine which horses are the most likely to win each race. You want to be assessing the runners that have previously performed well at this course, while you should also look at each horse’s form for the season in order to assess the field carefully.
There are a number of bookmakers who provide free legal streaming of the Goodwood races and you simply need to place a bet on the race which you want to watch. This enables you to access the free live streams and you can watch Glorious Goodwood from start to finish, while there is accompanying audio commentary of each race.
Yes, there is the chance to place an acca on each day of Glorious Goodwood, which means going through the racecard and picking out a selection or selections for each race. You can then put each horse in a multiple bet and hope that you land a big return if all the horses win, with many people putting favourites in an acca.
You should always look to bet with a bookmaker who are offering Best Odds Guaranteed when it comes to the Glorious Goodwood races. We also recommend having more than one betting account so you can compare the various prices and establish which operator have the biggest odds about the selections that you like.