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‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival 2019 Guide

May 28th, 2019 Sports Guides

Last updated 28/5/19

The ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival is a five-day horseracing event that takes place in late July/early-August each year and is one of the highlights of the flat season.

In this guide, we’ve brought together all the essential information you need to know for each day of the festival, including an in-depth look at the various runners and odds.

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When is the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival?

The next Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival will be held over five days on the 30th July ­– 3rd August 2019:

  • Day 1, Tuesday 30th July 2019
  • Day 2, Wednesday 31st July 2019
  • Day 3, Thursday 1st August 2019, Ladies’ Day
  • Day 4, Friday 2nd August 2019
  • Day 5, Saturday 3rd August 2019

There’s a great mix of races at the Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival, with the Goodwood Cup (Day 1), the Sussex Stakes (Day 2), and the Nassau Stakes (Day 5) the stand out Group 1 races, while the Qatar Stewards’ Cup handicap race on Day 5 is one of the favourites to bet on as outsiders tend to do well.

Arguably the most glamorous day of the festival, Day 3 is Ladies’ Day. Expect to see everyone getting dolled up to the nines to experience this day of racing, with the ladies’ amateur jockey race, the Magnolia Cup, a highlight.

Where is Goodwood Racecourse?

All of the meetings take place at Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, set within the backdrop of the rolling countryside of West Sussex. If you plan on attending the festival in person, tickets are still available here. If you do decide to get tickets, you’ll need to dress for the occasion, and you can find out about the dress code and other information you need on their website.

When to place your bets on the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival

The British Horseracing Authority outlines that declarations to run and declarations of riders takes player two day prior to the race itself. That said, some betting markets can open up months in advance.

As with most sports betting, you’ll usually secure the best odds by betting as early as you can. But, there is always a chance that a horse could pull out before the race begins, so it’s always a good idea to make sure the bookmaker provides refunds in the event of a non-runner. You can decrease this risk by only placing bets on the day of the event, but it’s likely that odds will have shortened by this point.

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How do I choose which horses to bet on?

There are many different factors to consider when it comes to picking a winner in horse racing, and, even then, luck on the day still plays its part. That said, armed with a bit of knowledge, you’ll be able to boost your chances of winning at this years ‘Glorious’ Goodwood. Here are some tips:

  • Look at the odds: The process of determining the odds of a particular events happening are complex, but you can be pretty sure that the bookies have a good idea of how the race will go. Of course, the favourite doesn’t always win — that would take the fun out of things— but, how each horse is priced will give you an indication of well it my do. Combine this with the other tips in this list and you can start to build up a strong picture.
  • Take a look at the race card: To the untrained eye, a horseracing card can be a little confusing, but taking the time to understand it can be invaluable. The race card can tell you important information about each horse at a glance, such as its recent form, when it last raced, if it’s wearing any equipment, how old it is, and even who its parents are. Racing Post provides a great race card breakdown that’s well worth a look for any would-be bettor.
  • Judge the jockeys: The other key piece to the racing puzzle is the jockey. With the most experienced jockeys, a horse’s chance instantly improves — so much so that some professional gamblers base their selections on the jockey alone. It can be difficult to judge how good a jockey if you don’t follow racing regularly, but taking the time to learn about the top jockeys taking part in the festival can be a big boost to your betting success.
  • Just try your luck: Many people just enjoy the thrill of placing a bet and aren’t too bothered about spending the time to boost their chances of winning. If you only have a flutter once or twice a year and you’re just looking to have fun, you might just fancy choosing your horse based on its name or what on what colours the jockey is wearing — you may even base your decision on odds alone with the hopes that an outsider will pull off an upset. This makes betting less about skill and more about chance, but it can be just as fun.
  • Listen to the experts: Two minds are better than one, so even though you’ve done your own research it’s still worth listening to the expert tipsters. This can be really helpful if you’re new to betting on horses, as you can tap into this expert knowledge and analysis. There are plenty of newspapers and websites out there offering tips, so spend some time finding ones you like before the event roles around.

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Day 1 race guide — Tuesday 30th July

The 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival kicks off on Tuesday 30th July. Day 1 eases you in with a Handicap (Class 2) race to kick things off, followed by back to back Group 2 races and the day’s main event: The Goodwood Cup, a Group 1 race with a prize of over £280,000 for the winner.

Read on for a full list of Day 1 races, runners and riders, the odds, and last year’s results.

Remember: OddsMonkey members have access to our dedicated Day 1 thread for race-specific offers and more!

Time Race Grade Distance
13:50 Matchbook Betting Stakes Handicap (Class 2) 1m 1f 197y
14:25 Vintage Stakes Group 2 7f
15:00 Lennox Stakes Group 2 7f
15:35 Goodwood Cup Stakes Group 1 2m
16:10 EBF Maiden Stakes Handicap (Plus 10) 6f
16:45 Chelsea Barracks Handicap Handicap (Class 2) 5f
17:15 Fillies’ Handicap Handicap (Class 3) 1m

13.50 — Matchbook Betting Stakes (1m 1f 197y)

Runners and racers TBC.

The Matchbook Betting Stakes is a handicap race, meaning that each horse carries different weights in order to level the playing field. Class 2 handicap races can be contested by any horse with a rating of 86-100, 91-105 and 96-110. It’s run on the ‘Craven Course’ and is just shy of one mile and two furlongs in length.

2018 winner: Alfarris (13/2) — Jim Crowley/William Haggas

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14.25 — Vintage Stakes (7f)                                                             

Runners and racers TBC.

Open to horses that are older than two-year-old, the Vintage Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race that takes place over a distance of seven furlongs. It has been running since 1975, and Willie Carson is the most prolific jockey, winning with Troy (1978), Church Parade (1980), Mukaddamah (1990), Dr Devious (1991), Maroof (1992), and Alhaarth (1995).

2018 winner: Dark Vision (10/3) — Silvestre De Sousa/Mark Johnston

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15.00 — Lennox Stakes (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The Lennox Stakes, named after the Duke of Lennox, is open to horses aged three years and older over a distance of seven furlongs. The race is mostly straight with the first furlong being uphill and the rest all downhill. It was established in 2000, replacing the Beeswing Stakes, which was previously held at Newcastle racecourse.

2018 winner: Sir Dancealot (5/1) — Gerald Mosse/David Elsworth

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15.35 — Goodwood Cup Stakes (2m)

Runners and racers TBC.

The eponymous Goodwood Cup is the race of the day. It’s a Group 1 British Champions series race and runs over a two-mile track. Open to horses aged three or older, the race has big prize fund of over £280,000 for the winner. This is one of the oldest races on the circuit and was first run in 1808 over a longer distance of 3 miles.

2018 winner: Stradivarius (4/5) — Andrea Atzeni/John Gosden

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16.10 — EBF Maiden Stakes (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The fifth race of the day is the Stallions Maiden Stakes, which has a plus 10 handicap and is open to 2-year-old colts that are yet to win a race. Run over six furlongs, this type of race is known for throwing up surprises, so don’t always expect the favourite to do well.

2018 winner: Watan (6/1) — Ryan Moore/Richard Hannon

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16.45 — Chelsea Barracks Handicap (5f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The first Chelsea Barracks handicap took place for the first time in 2018 in a nail-biting affair. The favourite to win the race, Pettochside, ultimately lost out to Under The Covers in the five-furlong dash. The second Chelsea Barracks handicap will take place this year, and hopefully it will bring the same level of excitement as its inaugural outing.

2018 winner: Under The Covers (16/1) — P J McDonald/Ronald Harris

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17.15 — Fillies’ Handicap (1m)

Runners and racers TBC.

The day closes with a 1-mile class 3 handicap fillies’ race. Class 3s allow horses with handicaps of 76-90, and 81-95, while filly races are made up of female horses under the age of four years old. Last year’s event was won by Move Swiftly in a tight race that saw her drive into the lead in the final furlong.

2018 winner: Move Swiftly (9/2) — James Doyle/William Haggas

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Day 2 race guide — Wednesday 31st July 2019

Day 2 of the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival takes place on Wednesday 31st July 2019, with seven more fantastic races taking place, including one of the biggest races in the flat racing calendar. Find out more about the Day 2 races, runners, and riders, what the odds are, and last year’s results below.

Remember OddsMonkey members can read the dedicated Wednesday thread for race-specific offers and more!

Time Race Grade Distance
1:50 Goodwood Handicap Handicap (class 2) 2m 4f 134y
2:25 Matchbook Handicap Handicap (class 2) 1m 3f 218y
3:00 Molecomb Stakes Group 3 5f
3:35 Sussex Stakes Group 1 1m
4:10 Maiden Fillies’ Stakes Handicap – Plus 10 6f
4:45 EBF Fillies Stakes Handicap (class 2) 1m 1f 197y
5:55 Owners Group Handicap Handicap (class 3) 7f

13.50 — Goodwood Handicap (2m 4f 134y)

Runners and racers TBC.

Day 2 gets underway with quite a long race, stretching to 2m 4f 134y. With a fairly large field of horses and riders and a class 2 handicap, this race is known for outsiders having a good chance of springing a surprise. This race is run over the Cup Course in what is the longest race of the day.

2018 winner: Lil Rockerfeller (11/4) — S De Sousa/N B King

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14.25 — Matchbook Handicap (1m 3f 218y)

Runners and racers TBC.

The Matchbook Handicap is quite similar to the Goodwood Handicap, although it is a much shorter 1m 3f 218y long. With up to 12 riders, it’s a slightly smaller field too, but it’s also seen some outsiders do well. Last year’s winner Soto Sizzler won at 20/1, which would have netted you £210 on a £10 bet.

2018 winner: Soto Sizzler (20/1) — J Quinn/W J Knight

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15.00 — Molecomb Stakes (5f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The Molecomb Stakes acts as a fantastic preamble to the biggest race of the day. Open to horses aged two and older, this five-furlong Group 3 race is essentially an 11 horse sprint, with plenty of action taking place in a short space of time.

2018 winner: Rumble Inthejungle (5/1) — T Queally/Richard Spencer

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15.35 — Sussex Stakes (1m)

Runners and racers TBC.

The highlight of Day 2 is the Sussex Stakes, widely regarded as the most anticipated race of the week. It has been taking place since 1878 and was originally run over 6 furlongs and restricted to colts. These days it’s run over 1 mile for horses agreed three and older. The race carries a large prize: a £1,000,000 purse with around £600,000 going to the winner.

2018 winner: Lightning Spear (9/1) — O Murphy/D M Simcock

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16.10 — Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Following the big race of the day, you’ll be treated to the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. This six-furlong handicap plus 10 race is another short one, but it’s a great chance for a two year old filly to win her first race.

2018 winner: Feel Glorious (125/1) — P Cosgrave/George Baker

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16.45 — EBF Fillies Stakes (1m 1f 197y)

Runners and racers TBC.

The sixth race of the day is another handicap race, this time a class 2 one. Run over 1m 1f 197y, there’s bound to be plenty of action among the three-year-old plus field in the EBF Fillies Stakes.

2018 winner: Caravela (11/1) — A Atzeni/M R Channon

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17.55 — Owners Group Handicap (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The day is rounded off with a final sprint race over seven furlongs, known as the Owners Group Handicap. As the name suggests, there is a class 3 handicap on this race, with a large field of up to 20 horses.

2018 winner: Medahim (7/1) — R L Moore/R Hannon

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Day 3 race guide —Thursday 1st August 2019

Day 3 of the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival takes place on Thursday 1st August 2019. It’s Ladies’ Day at the racecourse and the amateur ladies’ Magnolia cup is a fun highlight. Keep reading to find out about the Day 3 runners and riders, what odds you can expect, and last year’s results.

OddsMonkey members can read the dedicated Thursday thread for race-specific offers and more!

Time Race Grade Distance
1:50 Matchbook Stakes Handicap (class 2) 1m 1f 197y
2:25 Lillie Langtry Stakes Group 2 1m 6f
3:00 Richmond Stakes Group 2 6f
3:35 Nassau Stakes Group 1 1m 2f
4:10 Telegraph Nursery Handicap (class 2) 7f
4:45 EBF Maiden Stakes Handicap – Plus 10 7f
5:20 Tatler Stakes Handicap (class 3) 5f

13.50 — Matchbook Stakes (1m 1f 197y)

Runners and racers TBC.

Day 3 used to be a bit of a middling day, but the Nassau Stakes Group 1 race was moved to this day in order to spice things up, and it certainly worked. The first race starts with a gentle class 2 handicap for three-year-olds over a course just shy of one mile two furlongs in length.

2018 winner: Communique (7/2) — Silvestre De Sousa/Mark Johnston

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14.25 — Lillie Langtry Stakes (1m 6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Following the Matchbook Stakes comes the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes run open to three-year-old fillies and mares. First run in 2003, and named after actress Lillie Langtry, the 1m 6f race was upgraded to a Group 2 race in 2018 and offers around £170k for the winning horse.

2018 winner: Pilaster (11/4) — David Egan/Roger Varian

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15.00 — Richmond Stakes (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The Richmond Stakes is the first big race of the day, with a prize pool of over £200,000. This quick sprint over six furlongs is open to two-year-old colts and geldings. Established in 1877, the race is named after the Duke of Richmond, the owner of Goodwood Estate.

2018 winner: Land Force (5/2) — Ryan Moore/A P O’Brien

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15.35 — Nassau Stakes (1m 2f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Next up is the main race of the day, the Nassau stakes. One of the oldest races at Goodwood, its name comes from the House of Orange-Nassau, a royal Dutch family that stretches back centuries. At a distance of almost 1 mile and 2 furlongs, six of the best fillies and mares will compete for a prize pool of £600,000.

2018 winner: Wild Illusion (4/1) — William Buick/Charlie Appleby

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16.10 — Telegraph Nursery (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Three handicaps finish off the day, the first of which is the Telegraph Nursery race. This seven-furlong race for up to twenty juvenile horses is a great chance to see future big winners in action.

2018 winner: More Than This (4/1) — Paul Hanagan/Richard Fahey

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16.45 — EBF Maiden Stakes (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The EBF Maiden Stakes is quite similar to the previous race. It’s another seven-furlong sprint, this time it’s maidens only with a plus 10 handicap, so there’s plenty of opportunity for outsiders to place.

2018 winner: Accordance (9/2) — P J McDonald/Mark Johnstone

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17.20 — Tatler Stakes (5f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The final race of the day is another handicap, this time it’s class 3. Shorter than the previous two, this five-furlong dash for three-year-old horses is over as quick as it begins, so make sure you’re paying attention.

2018 winner: Lard Riddiford (6/1) — Jason Hart/John Quinn

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Day 4 race guide —Friday 2nd August 2019

Day 4 of the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival takes place on Friday 2nd August 2019 and offers an impressive four graded races to enjoy. Read on to find out more about the runners and riders taking part, the available odds, and last year’s results.

OddsMonkey members can read the dedicated Friday thread for race-specific offers and more!

Time Race Grade Distance
1:50 Glorious Stakes Group 3 1m 3f 218y
2:25 Thoroughbred Stakes Group 3 1m
3:00 Golden Mile Heritage Handicap 1m
3:35 King George Stakes Group 2 5f
4:10 Nursery Handicap Handicap (class 2) 6f
4:40 Oak Tree Stakes Group 3 7f
5:15 Harroways Stakes Handicap (class 3) 1m 3f 44y

13.50 — Glorious Stakes (1m 3f 218y)

Runners and racers TBC.

Day 4 of ‘Glorious’ Goodwood gets underway with the Group 3 Glorious Stakes, a middle-distance race stretching one mile and four furlongs along the Gratwicke Course. Open to four-year-old horses, the race has been contested since 1979 and has £100,000 prize pool on offer.

2018 winner: Mirage Dancer (6/5) — Ryan Moore/Sir Michael Stoute

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14.25 — Thoroughbred Stakes (1m)

Runners and racers TBC.

Things keep moving with the Thoroughbred Stakes, another Group 3 race, this time over a 1-mile track. The race has been running since 1993 and has been won by legendary jockey Frankie Dettori on six occasions, including last year’s event.

2018 winner: Regal Reality (10/1) — Frankie Dettori/Sir Michel Stoute

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15.00 — Golden Mile (1m)

Runners and racers TBC.

A slight reprieve from the graded races, the Golden Mile is the first handicap race of the day. Expect some surprises on this one-mile race, with £150,000 up for grabs it’s the largest prize fund on offer for a race of this type.

2018 winner: Seniority (9/2) — Ryan Moore/William Haggas

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15.35 — King George Stakes (5f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Next, it’s straight back into the graded action with the race of the day: the King George Stakes. This five-furlong sprint is open to three-year-olds and always promises a show. The race was established in 1911 in commemoration of the coronation of King George V.

2018 winner: Battaash (8/11) — Jim Crowley/Charles Hills

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16.10 — Nursery Handicap (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The day’s Nursery Handicap is up next, with juveniles competing over a six-furlong course. As a 2 handicap you can expect some surprises in this sprint.

2018 winner: Don Armado (11/1) — Harry Bentley/Stuart Williams

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16.40 — Oak Tree Stakes (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The final graded race of the day is the Oak Tree Stakes. This Group 3 seven-furlong run is open to fillies and mares over the age of three. It was first hosted in 1980 in commemoration of the opening of the new grandstand for Queen Elizabeth II.

2018 winner: Pretty Baby (3/1) — Dane O’Neill/William Haggas

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17.15 — Harroways Stakes (1m 3f 44y)

Runners and racers TBC.

The day ends with a handicap class 3 for horses aged three and over. Interestingly, the Harroways Stakes is the only race of ‘Glorious’ Goodwood to be held over the one mile and three furlongs distance.

2018 winner: Desert Path (12/1) — Frankie Dettori/Amanda Perrett

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Day 5 race guide — Saturday 3rd August 2019

Day 5 of the 2019 Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival takes place on Friday 3rd August 2019. A day of handicaps, Day 5 is a chance for bettors to win with outsiders on some each-way bets. Read on for Day 4 runners and riders, the odds, and last year’s results.

OddsMonkey members can read the dedicated Friday thread for race-specific offers and more!

Time Race Grade Distance
1:50 Stewards Sprint Stakes Handicap (class 2) 6f
2:25 Summer Handicap Handicap (class 2) 1m 6f
3:00 Gordon Stakes Group 3 1m 3f 218y
3:40 Stewards’ Cup Heritage Handicap 6f
4:15 EBF Maiden Stakes Handicap – Plus 10 7f
4:50 Qatar Stakes Handicap (class 2) 7f
5:25 Apprentice Stakes Handicap (class 3) 1m 1f 11y

13.50 — Stewards Sprint Stakes (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The final day of ‘Glorious’ Goodwood has a fantastic atmosphere, especially if the weather holds strong. Things kick off with a quick handicap: the Stewards’ Sprint over a six-furlong track. The opening race acts as a kind of consolation race for the horses that weren’t able to qualify for the Stewards’ Cup which takes place later in the day.

2018 winner: Tommy G (10/1) — S De Sousa/J S Goldie

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14.25 — Summer Handicap (1m 6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Race number two of the day is known as the Summer Handicap. It’s a handicap, as the name suggests, but twice the distance of the Stewards Sprint. With 14 racers there’s sure to be some great final day action.

2018 winner: Sir Chauvelin (12/1) — R Winston/J S Goldie

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15.00 — Gordon Stakes (1m 3f 218y)

Runners and racers TBC.

Up next in the listings is the Gordon Stakes, a Group 3 race for three-year-olds and older on the one mile four-furlong Gratwicke Course.

2018 winner: Cross Counter (7/4) — W Buick/C Appleby

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15.40 — Stewards’ Cup (6f)

Runners and racers TBC.

After losing the Nassau Stakes, the Stewards’ Cup — a much loved heritage handicap — became the main race of Day 5. This sprint is open to all horses aged three and older over six furlongs. The race name goes back to the 1830s when a senior steward at Goodwood would award a cup to the winner of a race of their choosing.

2018 winner: Gifted Master (20/1) Jason Watson/H Palmer

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16.15 — EBF Maiden Stakes (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

The festival is rounded off with three handicap races — your last chance for a punt on some each way bets. The first of which is the EBF Maiden Stakes is a handicap plus 10 open to two-year-old males and runs over seven furlongs.

2018 winner: Duke Of Hazzard (11/4) — David Probert/P F I Cole

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16.50 — Qatar Stakes (7f)

Runners and racers TBC.

Up next is the Qatar stakes, which was named as part of the racecourse’s sponsorship deal with the Qatari state — the biggest single deal in racing history. It’s a class 2 handicap that runs over seven furlongs for three-year-olds and older.

2018 winner: Vale Of Kent (5/2) — J Fanning/M Johnston

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17.25 — Apprentice Stakes (1m 1f 11y)

Runners and racers TBC.

The closing race of the ‘Glorious’ festival is the Apprentice stakes, and this is your last chance to pick a winner with decent odds. The final matchup is a class 3 handicap for four-year-olds and older and stretches a distance of one mile and one furlong.

2018 winner: The Night Porter (7/1) — Scott McCullagh/M R Channon

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