The five days of decadence and equine spectacular that make up the Glorious Goodwood Festival are the capital of race course couture.
The depth of connection between Glorious Goodwood and the flavour of the month in terms of English fashion is so profound that Goodwood Racecourse is even said to be the birthplace of classical English summer style. Located in the romantic setting of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood sets a suitable scene for the most elegant, chic and thrilling horse racing experience of the season. Naturally, the five days of Glorious Goodwood are the most anticipated event of the season, offering exhilarating races and the chance to immerse oneself in the world of the rich and famous for a while.
Also known as Sporting Greats Day, the first day of the Glorious Goodwood festival offers a chance to get close and personal with - as the name suggests - sporting greats. Featuring appearances from famous sports figures, including Olympic athletes, from the newly rising stars to the legends of the past; as well as performances from some of the finest talents the country has to offer, it is questionable whether the races will be the main attraction of the opening day.
The most anticipated event of the second day of the Glorious Goodwood festival is the Sussex Stakes. A brutal one mile race open to thoroughbred horses aged three and older, this race has existed - albeit in different formats over the years - since 1841. While this race has never been won by the same horse more than once, it has seen some legendary contenders in its day, including Rock Of Gibraltar.
The zenith of the Glorious Goodwood meeting goes for glory with its famous and infamous Ladies' Day. There may be some of the fastest horses of the country racing their hearts out, this race day is more about the peacocks than it is about horses. Deemed one of the not-to-be-missed events of the British fashion season, the Ladies' Day at Goodwood is a staple part of the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.
While day three may be all about the hats and frocks, the fourth day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting is all about racing, and two races in particular: the Richmond Stakes and The Golden Mile. The Richmond Stakes is a six furlong sprint open to two-year-old colts and geldings. This Group 2 race is one of the toughest tests for the juveniles of flat racing.
The last day of the Glorious Goodwood spectacle hosts the feature race of the Stewards' Cup. This six furlong sprint is open to thoroughbred horse aged three years and older. Until 1992, the Stewards' Cup used to be the opening event at Goodwood, but was moved to the final day in 1993.
This race is held on the second day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting. It was first run in 1841, and it is a 1-mile right-handed flat race on turf for 3-year-olds and up. Interestingly, as of 2009, no horse has won the race more than once, though Sir Gordon Richards jockeyed horses to Sussex Stakes victory 8 times in his career.
This race is held on the final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting, and was first run in 1840. A right-handed flat race on turf over 1 mile 1 furlong 192 yards for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares, it has a purse of £200,000. Two horses tie as most successful, with two wins apiece. They are Roussalka, which won in 1975 and 1976, and Ruby Tiger, which won in 1991 and 1992. Sir Gordon Richards ties with Nat Flatman for most successful jockey in this race, with each man riding to victory in the Nassau Stakes 6 times.