Day three of Glorious Goodwood takes place on Thursday and is also Ladies Day, adding another dimension to the terrific atmosphere as we approach half-way in the week. A great social highlight of the summer, Ladies Day is not short on high quality racing either with no fewer than three Group races and four excellent supporting races staged during the afternoon. The full line-up is;
• The Bonus King Stakes – a three year old only handicap run over the same trip as the Group One Nassau Stakes of a mile and just under two furlongs. The race has Class Two status.
• King George Stakes – the first pattern race of the day as the challengers for the Group Two King George Stakes tank it along the five furlong sprint course. One of the top sprinting races in the UK over the summer and usually won by a very speedy type.
• Goodwood Cup – one of the most prestigious races in the UK and a key stop for the best stayers around being part of the British Champion Series. A Group Two, the Goodwood Cup is run over two miles and has been won in the past by such favourites as Double Trigger, Kayf Tara, Royal Rebel, Persian Punch and Aidan O’Brien’s great multiple Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats. Winners of this will often go on to challenge for the Yorkshire Cup.
• Lillie Langtry Stakes – an all-aged race for the fillies and mares run over a tough distance of one mile and six furlongs. The race is of Group Three standard and does attract a high quality field.
• Maiden Fillies’ Stakes – another chance for the juvenile females without a win as yet to score in front of the passionate Goodwood crowd. A good quality race usually, the Class Two rating doesn’t tell the full story as we very often see Group horses in the making contest this over the seven furlong trip.
• Tatler Stakes – race six is a nice handicap race for the three year old generation over seven furlongs. A 0-105 handicap, the Tatler has Class Two status and is not usually easy to win, or to predict for that matter.
• Betfred.com Stakes – once again we see a good competitive handicap to finish the day and once again it’s for the three year olds only. Run over a mile and three furlongs, the Class Three handicap represents once more chance for punters to back a winner in “the lucky last”.
Having passed the half-way mark of the festival now, the meeting has reached fever pitch with the completion hotting up not only on the track and in the betting ring but also in the stands as well with ladies vying with each other to look best of the bunch. Ladies Day at Goodwood is one of the best looking affairs in British racing right in the middle of one of the most picturesque race courses you are likely to find anywhere in the world.