2015 Glorious Goodwood
The unique and idyllic West Sussex setting of Goodwood Racecourse will stage it's biggest meeting of the calandar year with the 2015 Glorious Goodwood meeting beginning on Tuesday 28 July and running until Saturday 1 August. It will as ever be one of the highlights of the flat racing season with five days of top-quality racing to enjoy including a pair of Group 1 races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.
The opening day of Glorious Goodwood features a couple good races in the shape of the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes and Group 2 Lennox Stakes, before the action hots up on day Wednesday with the Group 2 Vintage Stakes and Group 3 Gordon Stakes preceding the first Group 1 race of the meeting, the Sussex Stakes.
Thursday's action includes the Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes and a pair of Group 2's, the Richmond Stakes and the Goodwood Cup, then on Friday a trio of Group 3 races, the Oak Tree Stakes, Thoroughbred Stakes and Glorious Stakes take place alongside the Group 2 King George Stakes.
Saturday is the climax of Glorious Goodwood and punters looking for value will be buzzing for the Stewards Cup Handicap, with the Listed March Stakes, Group 3 Prestige Stakes and Group 2 Celebration Mile, adding to what is a great day's racing headlined by the Group 1 Nassau Stakes.
Sussex Stakes Betting Tips
Open to horses aged three years or older, the Sussex Stakes is ran over a distance of 1 mile at Goodwood with a right-handed bend to negotiate at around the half-way stage before the horses travel downhill towards the winning post. Owing to the track's sharp nature, handy horses that run up with the pace can be at an advantage, though there is plenty of time for a very good horse to recover any lost ground on the run in.
A glance back at the past 20 renewals reveals that 3-year-old horses have tended to dominate, with 11 of the victories since 1995 going to that age group, including all but one of the last 7 editions of the race. With this in mind, classic form is a good place to start as many of the horse which have filled the first few places in the 2000 Guineas will potentially be aimed at this race.
The legendary Frankel is the only ever multiple winner of the Sussex Stakes, but don't be put off backing a horse which has ran well the previous year. Canford Cliffs was unlucky to run into Frankel when attempting to win back-to-back renewals in 2011, while 2013 winner Toronado was within a length of successfully defending his crown when beaten by Kingman last season.
The late Sir Henry Cecil holds the record for most wins as trainer with 7, while anything owned by Khalid Abdullah is certainly worth a market check, due to the fact that 3 of his 6 winning horses have came in the past 4 renewals. The modern day jockeys would do well to surpass Sir Gordon Richards with 8 wins, but Frankie Dettori(4), Johnny Murtagh(3), Tom Queally(2) and Richard Hughes(2) are multiple winners from the current crop and will most likely be booked on the best rides.
Nassau Stakes Betting Tips
The Nassau Stakes is limited to fillies and mares aged three years or older over a trip of 1 mile, 1 furlong and 192 yards. Horses which are ridden prominently can be at an advantage and those who get a position on the inside rail at the bend will have less to do when the race begins to unfold.
Of the previous 20 runnings, 13 winners have been 3-year-olds and there have been just a couple of 5-year-old winners, while 3 of the last 5 renewals have gone to 4-year olds. Looking at the current season's classic form is a good place to start then, with a clutch of 1000 Guineas runners tending to be subsequently aimed at the Nassau Stakes, but don't forget to check the previous season's top 3-year-old performers in light of the recent spike in 4-year old winners.
Midday is the most successful horse in the race's history with 2 wins on the bounce between 2009-2011, so it can be assumed that a horse which has previously won or gone close in the race may be able to produce another good performance the following season.
Having won the first 2 runnings of the race in the 1970's, Sir Henry Cecil went on to become the leading trainer Nassau Stakes with 8 wins in total. Sir Michael Stoute is just 1 win away from equalling that record, but has not had a winner in the event since Favourable Terms in 2004, while Ed Dunlop and Aidan O'Brien each have 2 wins since the turn of the millennium. John Gosden is the man of the moment having moved on to 4 victories in saddling the past 3 winners, while Khalid Abdullah has 5 wins as an owner, including 4 of the past 6.
Kieren Fallon and Tom Queally have each won 3 successive renewals, while Frankie Dettori, William Buick and Johnny Murtagh have twice tasted success in the race and Richard Hughes is another recent winner as jockey. The six jockeys mentioned have all won the Nassau Stakes within the past 15 years, so any bookings for the 2015 renewal should be considered in your staking plan.