Goodwood Racecourse is a tight right handed track it has undulating features with downhill gradients in the main.
In some respects, it is not too similar to Brighton and Epsom racecourse except the horses run the other way round.
It is a well held belief by many who like to attend racing, that from a scenic point of view, it is one of the most desirable racecourses in the UK to visit, and certainly one of my favourite flat racecourses. The main meeting is known as the “Glorious Festival” although you may hear the older generation refer to it as “Glorious Goodwood” which takes place in the last week of July to early August for five consecutive days.
It’s a high quality meeting, with three group one races, namely, the Sussex Stakes which is raced over a mile and is the first real opportunity where potentially the best three-year-old milers take on the older generation at the highest level.
The Goodwood Cup which is run over two miles and is also open to three-year-olds and older horses. This race used to be group two event but has now been promoted to group one status this year by the European Pattern Committee.
The final group one race which takes place on the final day of the meeting is the Nassau Stakes open to fillies and mares, again a potential clash of the generations over ten furlongs.
In addition to the three group one races, there are four group two races and six group three races. There are plenty of competitive handicap races to provide an ample of substance in a supportive card each day.
Ability alone is not necessarily going to guarantee success but that may be the case more so on a tricky track such as Goodwood, especially in big field races where hard luck stories can become a common theme.
There is no doubt some jockeys ride this course better than others, no doubt Richard Hughes, before he retired, was a master tactician round here more often than not in the big races. However, as time has moved on, here is a list of some of the current jockeys that ride the course well.
Ryan Moore who has more winners than any other jockey that is currently riding with 119 winners.
Frankie Dettori (94 wins), who may well have his detractors but is still one of the best when it comes to being well positioned in a race, a useful skill to have when racing around this circuit.
However, their mounts often mean it can be reflected in the market and backing all their rides at the course would have netted you a loss to level stakes; Moore -16.97 and Dettori -112.89
To have gotten any benefits of backing Moore rides at the course, one would be best served by paying more attention to his rides in Non-Handicap races;
Bets: 338 Wins: 60 Strike Rate:17.75% P/L +46.54 (SP) The strike rate is slightly improved in maiden races for horses aged three years or older.
One jockey who is proving profitable to follow is William Buick as the record below shows.
Bets: 329 Wins: 55 Strike Rate:16.72% P/L +76.28 (SP)
More specifically concentrating on 3yo handicap races, 3yo+ handicap races, 3yo+ Non-Handicaps and 2yo Non-Handicaps (ie; non-nursery events).