Goodwood Racecourse

Address:
Goodwood, Chichester, W.Sussex, PO18 0PS - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01243 755022

Located just five miles north of Chichester, the first meeting at Goodwood took place in 1802, as it was commissioned by the Earl of Richmond who was a huge racing fan at the time. Unfortunately, he was only able to enjoy racing there for a short time, as he died five years later. There are 20 days of action each and every year at the course on the Sussex Downs, which is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful and picturesque courses in the world.

Those travelling by car to Goodwood should take the A27 to Chichester and follow the frequently placed signposts to the course. If travelling from London, the best option to take is the A285 to Chichester before following the aforementioned signs. There is a regular service to Chichester station from London Victoria, with journey times averaging at just one hour and forty minutes. Buses and taxis are widely available from the station.

Ticket Prices

Goodwood has several enclosures that are accessible on race days, the most expensive being the Richmond Enclosure, with prices starting at just £27. The Gordon Enclosure and the Lennox Enclosure cost £18 to get in, with prices for these areas being reduced to half price for those aged over 65, as well as for students who can provide valid identification. Under-18s are allowed free entry when accompanied by a full paying adult. There are wheelchair-viewing stands in both the Richmond and Lennox enclosures, whilst there is also ramped access to the front of the parade ring. There are also lifts and specialised toilets in all buildings and enclosures.

The Course

The grade 1 course at Goodwood is of a right-handed nature, with a number of stiff and undulating sections. A confusing shape, the track consists of a straight section connected to an extended loop. The 6f home straight can be used independently for shorter sprint races and as it is evenly distributed the course can suit horses from any draw with no real advantage afforded. The loop in the course is around 1m2f in circumference and it is used for all races that exceed 6f in length, whilst the straight section after the winning post is generally used for pulling up, but can also be used for specialised long distance races.

Major Meetings at Goodwood

Easily the most prestigious event is the five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival. It is one of the highlights of the flat racing calendar and features two of the UK’s 31 Group One flat races – The Sussex Stakes and The Nassau Stakes. The Sussex Stakes is one mile in length and was established in 1841 and was won twice, in 20111 and 2012, by the legendary Frankel, whilst the Nassau stakes is slightly longer and a year older, measuring 1m1f and was first run in 1840. Arguably the two biggest races at Glorious Goodwood, however, are not Group Ones, but the Goodwood Cup and the Stewards’ Cup, measuring two miles and 6f in length respectively, with both contests originating in the first half of the 19th century.

Dining and Hospitality

Prices vary for private hospitality depending on the meeting, with Glorious Goodwood naturally being more expensive due to the high profile nature of the occasion and the popularity of the meeting. Standard prices for the private boxes start at £210 per person, whilst the restaurant prices range between £40 and £92. During Glorious Goodwood, private box prices are increased significantly to between £475 and £655 per person, whilst the menu in the restaurant starts at £70 and can be as expensive as £375 per person.

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