The 2019 Goodwood Festival is now just over the horizon. The event, sponsored by Qatar and officially branded the Qatar Goodwood Festival, will kick off at the end of July and will likely present horse racing fans quite the spectacle.
So just in case you’re not very familiar with this race, here’s a guide providing a quick breakdown of the event, as well as some betting odds.
The five-day Festival takes place at the Goodwood Racecourse five miles North of Chichester, West Sussex, England and controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond. It starts on July 30 and ends on August 3.
One of the most anticipated events of the flat season, the Goodwood festival could be viewed on ITV. The network, available on Freeview, Sky or Virgin 103, will show action from all five days but some of the later races will only be shown through subscription service Racingtv.
The Goodwood Festival is comprised of several races, including the Lennox Stakes, Goodwood Cup, Sussex Stakes, Nassau Stakes, King George, and Steward’s Cup, among others.
Below is a quick description of the major races mentioned above:
Lennox Stakes (Tuesday, July 30) – A prestigious Group 2, seven-furlong race for horses three years and up.
Goodwood Cup (Wednesday, July 31) – A Group 1 race going over two miles open to horses aged three and up.
Sussex Stakes ( Wednesday, July 31) – A Group 1 race going over a mile open to horses three years and up.
Nassau Stakes (Thursday, August 1) – A Group 1 race ran over a mile and a quarter for fillies and mares three years and older.
King George (Friday, August 2)- A Group 2 sprint ran over five furlongs.
Stewards Cup Saturday, July 3) – A six-furlong handicap for three-year old’s and upwards.
This event garners massive betting attention from the UK and Ireland. Top online bookies such as Betfair, Paddy Power, and Bet365 all have attractive odds on offer, as well as other sweet deals. You could also find the major races to bet on the Goodwood festival at Freebets.
Below are odds on two of the event’s major races:
Unibet are offering 10/11 on Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup while Bet365 has odds of 4/1 on Cross Counter being the first horse to cross the line. Paddy Power have 6/1 on Dee Ex Bee winning and 20/1 on Wells Farhh Go. Betfair have odds of 16/1 on Flag Of Honour emerging first on offer and also have 20/1 on a Constantinople victory. Rode by Andrea Atzeni, Stradivarius has won this race the last two years under the training of John Godsen and is favored to go a third straight year as the victor.
Meanwhile, Paddy Power’s got odds of 10/1 on Beat The Bank to win the Sussex Stakes and 12/1 on Zabeel Prince. Le Brevido is at 12/1 with Bet365, Mustashry is at 10/1 with Betfair and Hermosa is at 10/1 with Betway Sports. Ladbrokes has odds of 12/1 on both Phoenix of Spain and Magna Grecia to be the first across the line. King Of Comedy, who finished second in the Royal Ascot’s St Jame’s Palace Stakes is thought to be the horse most capable of winning this one and Coral are offering sweet odds of 5/1 on a win.