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Nic Ladds 22nd Jul 2009 - 13:44

Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood every year manages to live up to its name and as a festival is held in high regard, up there with Royal Ascot and Newmarket's July meeting.

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From the 28 July to the 1 August, the usually sleepy town of Chichester in West Sussex comes alive with excited race goers and swamped in colour as the festival is a chance for the ladies and indeed the men to sport the latest fashions and as a result has become quite the social event - King Edward VII once described it as 'a garden party with racing tacked on'.

For us punters though it is the feast of exciting racing that we're interested in and whether you're going to the track or watching it from the comfort of your own home William Hill are the one to be with.

Two Group 1 races in the shape of the Sussex Stakes on the Wednesday and the Nassau Stakes on Saturday stand out amongst the feast of sprints, big field handicaps and maiden races displaying the best horse racing talent around.

When you look at the roll call of winners for these races you realise just why they are held in such high regard with previous Sussex Stakes winners including Giant's Causeway, Rock Of Gibraltar, Soviet Song and Henrythenavigator while the Nassau Stakes boasts Russian Rhythm, Ouija Board and Peeping Fawn amongst its victors.

Solving the puzzles the races throw up is often a challenge to punters at Goodwood due to the undulating track which many horses simply do not handle and it is worth taking note of any course specialists that take their place at the off.

William Hill have ante-post betting for Friday's Totesport Mile and Saturday's Steward's Cup.

The Totesport Mile heritage handicap gathers together the most exciting handicappers over the distance of 1m in a testing charge down Goodwood's undulations.

This year looks exceptionally close with Luca Cumani's Acrostic, Willie Haggis' Roaring Forte and Michael Bell's Secret Society all sharing favouritism at odds of 8/1 and with all winning last time out the trainers rightly send their chances here with high hopes in what is bound to be a thriller.

The Steward's Cup meanwhile is a charge over the straight 6f where Henry Candy's Markab and John Gosden's Prohibit are someway clear at the head of the market, both currently trading at 8/1.

These races are just a couple of highlights from an absolute feast of racing, spread over five exhilarating days and don't forget to keep watching for exclusive interviews, previews and special offers throughout the whole five days.

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