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Glorious Goodwood Betting - The Archetypal Summer Racing Festival

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Glorious Goodwood, or to give it its official name - the Qatar Goodwood Festival, is one of the showpiece festivals on the summer sports calendar in the United Kingdom. It always draws plenty of outside attention and lots of betting action of course.

Well known for its picturesque surroundings and its top-quality racing, Glorious Goodwood is the place to be for many a socialite at the end of July.

Betting on the five-day event is second only to Royal Ascot, and understandably there is plenty of worldwide interest in the races that take place on the stunning South Downs.

Goodwood Schedule 2020


The Goodwood Festival starts on Tuesday 28th July and runs through until Saturday 1st August with an average of seven races taking place every day.
Let's take a look at each day to see what we can expect from some of the feature races...

Tuesday


The highlight on the opening day is the Group 1 Goodwood Cup worth £500,000 where Stradivarius will be bidding to make it four wins on the trot.

Stradivarius is unsurprisingly priced up at fairly prohibitive betting odds for the contest after winning the Ascot Gold Cup for the third time in June. Aidan O'Brien's Irish Derby winner Santiago will be stepping up in distance to challenge him.

Alan King's dual-purpose performer Who Dares Wins raises the bar once again after tasting Royal Ascot glory in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, while Nayef Road tackles Stradivarius once more after finishing second in the Gold Cup.

Wednesday


The Sussex Stakes is one of the feature races of the flat racing season and has previously been won by the likes of Frankel, Solow and Too Darn Hot.

Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Siskin heads the Sussex Stakes betting odds for the in-form Ger Lyons stable and he features prominently in the expert horse racing tips at Freebets.com.

Marcus Tregonning's Mohaather has also been well supported in the betting for the race after his impressive victory in the Betfred Summer Mile at Ascot, while further class comes in the shape of Andrew Balding's 2000 Guineas winner Kameko - set to return to a mile after finishing fourth in the Derby.

Thursday


The prestigious Group 1 Nassau Stakes is the headline race on Ladies' Day with its impressive roll of honour that includes Ouija Board, Midday and Minding.

The race is the preferred option for Fancy Blue after her victory in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. Donnacha O'Brien is highly likely to opt for this Group One in which she will take on the older fillies and mares.
The Japanese-trained Deidre is all set to put up a stern defence of her Nassau Stakes crown, while John Gosden's Fanny Logan has forgone an entry in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth at Ascot for a crack at this contest instead.

Friday


Friday's seven compelling races include no less than†four group races, with the feature being the Group 2 King George Stakes.

Top class sprinter Battaash has won the King George Stakes in each of the past three years and he will be attempting to defend his crown again this year.

Trained by Charlie Hills, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned speedball has never once looked like getting beaten on Goodwood's downhill five-furlong track and can be considered the banker bet of the week.

Saturday - Taking centre stage on the final day of the Goodwood Festival is the well renowned Stewards' Cup - essentially a large six-furlong cavalry charge full of sprint handicappers vying for supremacy down the Goodwood straight.

It's a race full of betting value and the each-way shrewdies love to get their teeth into trying to crack this race for days on end.

If you're looking for a pointer then the Richard Hannon-trained Watan is worth a speculative bet at this juncture.


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