Goodwood Racecourse Goodwood is located in West Sussex, England. For a long time now, Goodwood has been hosting some of the most exciting races in the country. One of the most notable race meetings is the Qatar Festival which is one of the race meetings with the finest flat racing. The meeting hosts three out of the thirty two Group One flat races renowned in England for their history and engrossing racing. The three races held here are the Nassau Stakes, Sussex Stakes and the Goodwood Cup.

The racecourse is considered to have one of the most scenic views of the Sussex hills. Spectators have always had a good time watching the sport of Kings from this venue. The venue sits north of Trundle Iron Age hill fort, which has been used by spectators as a grandstand owing to its excellent view of the racecourse. Though the scene is quite
absorbing on a nice summer day, the racecourse can be tough to race at on foggy days due to its closeness to the coast.

The course is used only for flat racing, and is one of the complicated courses in the country. The straight stretches
for six furlongs and is known as the Stewards’ Cup Course.’ The first furlong of the straight is a climb with the rest of the straight sloping downhill with a sharp corner just at the end of the straight. The Cup Course’ is close to the winning post. When it is racing time, horses usually go round the loop running on the outer side of the straight then back. The loop itself is not easy to manoeuvre as there are sharp turns and furrows.

Aside from racing, Goodwood racecourse also hosts a number of events as it doubles up as an entertainment facility. The venue hosts some of the most eclectic music concerts with abundant eating options from the Sussex Bistro to Charlton Hunt, Horsewalk Restaurant, Sussex Roof Garden and the Double Trigger Restaurant.


Aldaniti Introduction


Every horse has a story, and Aldaniti is no different. A racehorse of fleeting but significant repute, it came away with the Grand National title in 1981, causing a major shock. While it never really achieved much else in a fleeting career on the track, Aldaniti is a name worth remembering for reasons other than that famous win in the early 80s.


It’s got an incredible history, with the fact that jockey Bob Champion managed to recover from cancer while the horse recovered from a life-threatening injury that occurred. Given that Champion was a major name on the jockey scene before his diagnosis, the fact he carried on post-treatment to win his major title is a fear well worth remembering!


Career Summary


A stunning chestnut gelding that was bred in the UK, by Harrowgate Stud, and throughout its career was in the ownership of Nick Embiricos. It’s career on the tracks began in 1978, when Aldaniti came third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, before coming second at the Scottish Grand National. Sadly, it lost a year of a fledgling career after the aforementioned injury over at Sandown. Thankfully, it recovered and went on to achieve one of the most impressive returns ever seen.


Achievements & Highlights


As you might imagine, Aldaniti achieved peak form when it was the winner of the ’81 Grand National. After running amok at the Ascot Racecourse in the February beforehand, it maintained a considerable level of form into the Grand National itself. As 10/1 second favourite, it’s incredible return from injury – alongside Champion – made it the neutrals hero. Taking the lead on the 11th and continuing on during the whole race, it won by a whole four lengths.


3000 people came along to see the legend the day after. While it fella t the first fence the year later and was never really seen afterward, retiring, it lived until March 1997 when it sadly died of old age.


Wins – Grand National 1981.


Associations – Harrowgate Stud, Nick Embiricos, Josh Gifford.


Earnings –?



Taghrooda Introduction


With just 6 races to its name and 4 wins, the name of Taghrooda is still one that not everybody will be sure of. However, it’s a horse that has shot to fame as she won the Oaks Stakes and then won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. With second place and third finishes at events such as the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Taghrooda was a one-hit wonder that had a single season in the racing circuit, lifting three major honours in that period of time.


Career Summary


A bay frilly raised in the Shadwell Stud, Taghrooda is a horse that was a foal from the Sea The Stars racehorse. Her first race came at two years old, when it was a 20/1 outsider but went on to win in a surprising race where she took the finish from Casual Smile – the favourite with the experts – and gaining a lot of attention as a result.


As a three-year-old, she raced her only season. Ridden by Paul Hanagan, becoming a quick favourite for the Epsom Oaks having impressed in early races in the season. It won the Epsom Downs race in the same year, having comfortable won it in the end – just as Hanagan had planned.


Missing out on the Irish Oaks, it went straight to the big-hitting King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. There, she took her chance and won the major race, retiring at the end of the season with second and third place finishes. It was a shame to see her leave so early, but trainers expected that she perhaps lacked the capacity to go any further and had run her course.


Achievements & Highlights



Wins – Pretty Polly Stakes (2014), Oaks Stakes (2014), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2014)


Associations – Shadwell Stud, Hamdan al Maktoum, John Gosden.


Earnings – £1.475m.