Welcome to Standard Sport’s live coverage of Goodwood Festival.
One of racing’s most popular festivals takes place this week as the stars of the flat scene head to Glorious Goodwood.
With heavy rain and winds forecast for much of the week, the ‘glorious’ aspect is perhaps a little debatable, but some of the sport’s biggest names, both equine and human are set to take to the track.
Spread across five days of action, the festival sees a plethora of Group races, including the Goodwood Cup on Tuesday, with champion stayer Stradivarius in action, and the £1million Sussex Stakes on Wednesday.
Follow coverage of day one, including tips, results and latest news below!
The final race of the day is the Unibet Fillies’ Handicap, which is due to get underway at 5.15pm.
Super Stradivarius Lands Goodwood Cup hat-trick
Stradivarius strengthened his grip on the staying division with a third successive victory in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
John Gosden’s star stayer enjoyed a faultless campaign in 2018 – winning the Yorkshire Cup, the Gold Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup to land a huge bonus through the inaugural Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million.
For good measure, the five-year-old added the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup back at Ascot in October to his seasonal haul, and has continued in the same vein this term – with successful defences of the Yorkshire Cup and the Gold Cup setting up his Goodwood hat-trick bid.
The Bjorn Nielsen-owned chestnut was a warm order to emulate the hugely popular Double Trigger by becoming a three-time winner, and the 4-5 favourite ultimately did so with the minimum of fuss.
Dancealot defends Lennox crown
Sir Dancealot successfully defended his crown in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.
David Elsworth’s charge is something of a seven-furlong specialist, with six of his eight previous wins coming over this distance – including three Group-race successes last season.
So far this year the five-year-old had finished respectable seventh in the Lockinge before placing fourth in a Listed event at York, but he showed his true colours back on the Sussex Downs.
Fayez wins Unibet Handicap
Fayez gained his first win on turf away from his beloved Ripon when getting up in the closing strides to claim victory in the Unibet Handicap at Goodwood.
Weaving his way through rivals, the David O’Meara-trained five-year-old found daylight close to the far rail, before hitting the front deep inside the final furlong and holding the equally fast-finishing Jazeel at bay by half a length.
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Tuesday results (in bold) and tips
|5.15pm||Maid for Life|
|3.35pm||Too Darn Hot|