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Glorious Goodwood Odds
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Glorious Goodwood a betting favourite
Goodwood, one of the most picturesque racecourses in the UK, boasts a large number of meetings each year but it is the so called Glorious Goodwood betting meeting, usually held at the end of July or very early in August, that gets the punters seriously excited.
So what is it that fuels the enthusiasm for Glorious Goodwood betting? Well, there’s the Sussex Stakes on the second day (Wednesday), it is described as one of the best races over a mile. The Thursday is Ladies Day, no particular interest for the serious punters in Glorious Goodwood betting there. On the Friday, the Richmond Stakes and the Golden Mile races top the card. The Stewards Cup and the Nassau Stakes are the main events of the final day.
The Sussex Stakes provides an interesting challenge for punters. This Group One race was first run in 1841, back then it was a six furlong contest exclusively for two year olds. The original format failed to inspire the support of trainers and racehorse owners resulting in the race being uncontested on over twenty occasions. Unsurprisingly, the race underwent major modifications in 1878. The race was extended by two furlongs to a mile and the age of horses allowed to contest it was raised to three year olds. Four year olds were permitted to join them in 1960. In 1975, the organisers agreed to allow horses aged five and over to run in the race too. Today, it is open to three year olds and over. Eventually, the Sussex Stakes emerged as a race that held its own among the other popular contests of the Glorious Goodwood card.
Favourite followers have often triumphed in the Sussex Stakes. Typically, in 2000, the joint favourites in the Goodwood betting, Aidan O’Brien’s three year old Giant’s Causeway and Andre Fabre’s four year old Dansili at 3-1, finished first and second. More recently in 2009, Aidan O’Brien sent the 6-4 favourite in the Goodwood betting, three-year-old Rip Van Winkle out to victory. The second and third places were filled by the next two horses in the betting.
Three year olds have had the best results in the Sussex Stakes since 1975. They have to carry 8 stone 13 pounds, while older horses have to shoulder 9 stone 7 pounds. As yet, no horse has won the Sussex Stakes more than once, although the Guy Harwood trained Rousillon, partnered by Greville Starkey did pass the post first on two occasions. In 1984 the three year old Rousillon was relegated to fifth place after a steward’s inquiry. In 1985 he repeated the achievement and his victory stood.
The Nassau Stakes is the other Group One contest of Glorious Goodwood. Fillies and mares of three years old and above compete over a distance just under a mile and two furlongs. The fillies have proved more of a challenge for punters in the Goodwood betting with the favourites quite often being beaten in recent years, but don’t go looking for a long shot, the winner is usually not far from the top of the bookmakers board.
A look at the list of successful trainers in the Nassau Stakes reads like a who’s who of flat racing. Sir Michael Stoute has the best record with five winners, with Henry Cecil, Aidan O’Brien, Ed Dunlop and Sir Mark Prescott also achieving more than one win.
The age range of past winners mirrors the Sussex Stakes with three year old fillies proving dominant. In the last thirty runnings of the Nassau, three year olds have succeeded on all but six occasions. That’s a success rate of eighty percent, so age really does matter in the Goodwood betting.
One of the highlights of the meeting is the Steward’s Cup. A six furlong sprint for horses of three years old and over, the handicapper does his best to make it a worthwhile challenge for punters in the Glorious Goodwood betting. Unlike the Sussex Stakes, a look at the past winners list suggests that you can afford to overlook the favourite. Since 1986, just four ‘jollies’ have come in.
This is the race to target if you are looking for value in a long priced bet. The average starting price of the winner n the last twenty four runnings of the race is just over 16-1. Unlike the Sussex and the Nassau Stakes, you can probably afford to discount any three year olds taking part from your list of potential punts, only one has been successful since 1986, Neville Callaghan’s Danetime, ridden by Pat Eddery in 1997. The exception that proves the rule, Danetime was 5-1 favourite in the Goodwood betting.
Since the turn of the century, four and five year olds have dominated the Steward’s Cup winners list. The only winner of a different age was Tayseer, a six-year-old trained by David (Dandy) Nicholls, who succeeded in 2000 partnered by Richard Hughes.
Nicholls is known as the Sprint King and his record in the Steward’s Cup shows why he merits the title. He has won the race three times. His second winner was Gift Horse, a 9-2 shot in the Goodwood betting in 2005 who came home under Kieren Fallon. Only Roger Charlton can equal his record as a trainer in the Steward’s Cup in recent years, with three wins, the first in 1999 was Harmonic Way, a four year old ridden by Richard Hughes, the second in 2003 was the five year old, Patavellian, ridden by Steve Drowne. Drowne also partnered Charlton’s latest winner, Genki, a 14-1 shot in the Goodwood betting in 2009.
If you like to back a winning jockey in the Steward’s Cup, Richard Hughes has the best record in the race with three wins, none of which have been aboard a Hannon trained horse. The Hannon team have not won the race since 1991, the second of their two wins in consecutive years.
The Steward’s Cup used to be held on the opening day of Goodwood but was moved to the Saturday in 1993, giving punters the potential for massive profits on the very last day in the Glorious Goodwood betting.