Horse racing fans will want to pay a visit to Goodwood Racecourse, which is about a 20-minute drive from us and near Chichester. Controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, the track was founded in 1802 when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced horseracing to Goodwood for the amusement of local army officers. Race week became so popular, it was soon dubbed Glorious Goodwood.
Today the track is still home to the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting, officially the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which happens in late July into early August and has become one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar. Goodwood is also home to three of the UK’s 32 Group One flat races, the Sussex Stakes, the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes.
With an attractive setting to the north of Trundle Iron Age hill fort, the track is known for being one of the most beautiful in the world. It is also an unusual and challenging course, with a tight right-handed loop at the far end of the straight and sharp undulations and turns throughout. Champion jockey Frankie Dettori has said of Goodwood: “It’s fabulous racing and the most picturesque course in the world.”
The racecourse is situated within the Goodwood Estate, which is made up of 12,000 acres of stunning West Sussex countryside. Within the estate is the grade I listed building Goodwood House, where the Duke of Richmond lives, not to mention the world famous Goodwood Motor Circuit. Visitors to the estate can experience not just the ‘sport of kings’, horse racing, but also motor racing, flying and golf.