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2021 Glorious Goodwood Schedule - Dates, Cards and Race Previews

20 Jul 2021
Jon Vine 20 Jul 2021
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  • Get the full schedule for Glorious Goodwood 2021
  • This popular meeting starts on Tuesday 27th July
  • The fifth and final day takes place on Saturday 31st July
  • We bring you the dates, take a look at the cards and preview the main races
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A general view of the Qatar Apprentice Handicap, the last race of the Glorious Goodwood in 2019. (Getty)

One of the highlights of the British sporting summer kicks off on Tuesday, as organisers get set for another thrilling edition of Glorious Goodwood. Three Group One prizes will be up for grabs during this five-day celebration of flat racing, and many of the sport's stars will make an appearance during this year's Glorious meeting.

Here are the full dates and racecards for Glorious Goodwood 2021, and a look at which horses might run in the major races during the week.

2021 Glorious Goodwood Schedule

2021 Glorious Goodwood Day One Card - Tuesday 27th July

1:50pm Chesterfield Cup Handicap Class 2
2:25pm Vintage Stakes  Group 2
3:00pm Lennox Stakes Group 2
3:35pm  Goodwood Cup Group 1
4:10pm Goodwood Handicap Class 2
4:45pm Maiden Stakes Class 2
5:20pm Fillies' Handicap Class 3

The main event on the opening day of racing at Glorious Goodwood is the Goodwood Cup. Stradivarius has won the last four renewals of this great staying race, and John Gosden's star will have to defeat classy rivals like Spanish Mission, Trueshan and Santiago if he wants to make it five in a row.

Some of the best juveniles around will clash in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday, before many of the finest seven-furlong exponents square off in the Group Two Lennox Stakes. Day one viewers also have three good quality handicaps and a competitve maiden to enjoy.

2021 Glorious Goodwood Day Two Card - Wednesday 28th July

1:50pm Unibet "15 To Go" Handicap Class 2
2:25pm Oak Tree Stakes Group 3
3:00pm Molecomb Stakes Group 3
3:35pm  Sussex Stakes Group 1
4:10pm Fillies' Conditions Stakes Class 2
4:45pm Fillies' Handicap Class 2
5:20pm Singleton Handicap Class 3

Day two's card features two lucrative Group Three races. First, fillies and mares will meet in the Oak Tree Stakes, before some of the quickest juveniles around take each other on over five furlongs in the Molecomb Stakes.

Wednesday's highlight is the thrilling Sussex Stakes, a Group One which was first run way back in 1841. Poetic Flare currently heads Palace Pier in the Goodwood betting, with St Mark's Basilica, Alcohol Free and Lope Y Fernandez also sitting prominently in the market.

2021 Glorious Goodwood Day Three Card - Thursday 29th July

1:50pm Kincsem Handicap Class 2
2:25pm Richmond Stakes Group 2
3:00pm Gordon Stakes Group 3
3:35pm  Nassau Stakes Group 1
4:10pm Nursery Handicap Class 2
4:45pm Maiden Fillies' Stakes Class 2
5:20pm Halnaker Handicap Class 3

Fillies and mares take centre-stage in day three's feature race, the Nassau Stakes. James Fanshawe's Breeders' Cup winner, Audarya tops the ante-post market, but she could face stiff competition from recent Falmouth Stakes winner Snow Lantern, top five-year-old Lady Bowthorpe and Aidan O'Brien's duo of Joan Of Arc and Mother Earth.

The Group Two Richmond Stakes and the Gordon Stakes, a key trial for the St Leger, will also take place on Thursday. Day three racegoers will also take in the Kincsem and Halnaker Handicaps, as well as a thrilling nursery handicap.

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Jim Crowley riding Battaash win 2020 The King George Qatar Stakes from Glass Slippers and Tom Eaves (L) at Goodwood Racecourse. (Getty)

2021 Glorious Goodwood Day Four Card - Friday 30th July

1:50pm Goodwood Handicap Class 2
2:25pm Thoroughbred Stakes Group 3
3:00pm Golden Mile Handicap Class 2
3:35pm  King George Qatar Stakes Group 2
4:10pm Glorious Stakes Group 3
4:45pm Nursery Handicap Class 2
5:20pm Tatler Handicap Class 3

The red carpet will be rolled out for Battaash on day four, as Charlie Hills' star sprinter bids to win a fifth King George Stakes. Battaash could have top three-year-olds Dragon Symbol and Winter Power to contend with, as well as Came From The Dark, Liberty Beach and dual-Group One winner, Glass Slippers.

The Golden Mile Handicap will likely prove the biggest betting race on day four, and it's Royal Hunt Cup winner Real World who currently dominates the market. The Thoroughbred Stakes will also take place on Friday, along with the popular Goodwood Handicap.

2021 Glorious Goodwood Day Five Card - Saturday 31st July

1:50pm Stewards' Sprint Handicap Class 2
2:25pm Summer Handicap Class 2
3:00pm Lillie Langtry Stakes Group 2
3:35pm  Steward's Cup Class 2
4:10pm Thames Materials Handicap Class 2
4:45pm Maiden Stakes Class 2
5:20pm Apprentice Handicap Class 3

The fifth and final day of racing at Glorious Goodwood is headlined by one of the sport's most prestigious handicaps, the Steward's Cup. Kings' Stand Stakes runner-up, Arecibo could carry top-weight into this year's edition, while Summerghand will attempt to become the fourth horse to successfully defend the Stewards' Cup.

The big Graded race on Saturday is the Lillie Langtry Stakes, where Alpinista and Albaflora could face off for the first time. The consolation race for the Stewards' Cup opens day fives' card, before viewers watch another excellent renewal of the Summer Handicap.

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