12 Group races, who says Glorious Goodwood can’t live up to Royal Ascot
Flat racing fans are not short of quality meetings all season and right on the back of the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot comes five days of Glorious Goodwood.
36 races make up Glorious Goodwood over five days, with 12 of these being high-class Group race action.
The two stand-out contests are the Group One showdowns of the meeting, which are the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.
The chance to take on the mantle of the best miler on the planet is up for grabs in the Sussex Stakes, with the race being won by some of the greatest Flat horses in recent memory.
Brigadier Gerard set the tone in the first running of the Sussex Stakes back in 1971 and went on to win 17 of his 18 career starts, which included 13 Group One races.
Other former Sussex Stakes winners include Aidan O’Brien trio Giant’s Causeway, Rock Of Gibraltar and Rip Van Winkle.
Rock Of Gibraltar was especially famed for winning seven consecutive Group One races, while Giant’s Causeway won five Group One showdowns on the bounce.
Meanwhile, it is the females who take centre stage for the Nassau Stakes, with the race also having its fair share of talented winners since taking on Group One status in 1999.
Perhaps the biggest is Ouija Board, who is rightly regarded as one of the best racing mares in history having also triumphed in the Epsom Oaks and at the Breeders Cup on two occasions.
Midday is one of two two-time winners of the Nassau Stakes since 1980 and is trained by Sir Henry Cecil, who has won the race seven times in total, which is the same as fellow legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute.