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2023 Goodwood Cup Betting Tips, Best Bookmakers & Free Bets

The Goodwood Cup has only been a Group 1 since 2017, but it has long been one of the premier British staying races.

Held on the opening day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood, the Goodwood Cup is the feature race on the card and with a rich history of quality winners, punters love betting on the staying race.

The stake money was increased from £350,000 to £500,000 in 2017 and that will ensure many more champion stayers come to the party.

Goodwood Cup Key Facts

DateTuesday 1st August, 2023
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money£500,000

Glorious Goodwood Day 1 Card

The Goodwood Cup runs on the first day of the Glorious Goodwood carnival, which also includes the Vintage Stakes and Lennox Stakes.

Race No.
Race Name
1Class 2 Handicap
2Vintage Stakes
3Lennox Stakes
4Goodwood Cup
5Maiden Stakes
6Class 2 Handicap
7Fillies' Handicap

2023 Goodwood Cup Odds

No odds are yet available for the Goodwood Cup.

2023 Goodwood Cup Tips

We will have our 2022 Goodwood Cup tips available when the field has been finalised and the odds have been released.

2022 Goodwood Cup Result


2022 Goodwood Cup Entries

Kyprios claimed the first big prize of the season for the stayers, outlasting Mojo Star and Stradivarius to win the Ascot Gold Cup. Aidan O'Brien's star tops the Goodwood Cup betting on that back of that win, with Betfair offering a best price of 5/2.

Mojo Star, who finished second in both the Epsom Derby and the St Leger as a three-year-old, will take on Kyprios once again. Stradivarius will bid to win his fifth Goodwood Cup, on what will likely be his final appearance on a racetrack.

Defending champion, Trueshan missed Ascot when the ground came up good, instead heading up to Newcastle to win the Northumerland Plate under top-weight. Alan King's defending champion sits third in the betting, and will probably only run at Goodwood if the ground comes up slower than good.

Coltrane could step up into Group One company, having won the Ascot Stakes and the Coral Marathon on his last two starts. Princess Zoe will be looking to bounce back from a poor effort in the Ascot Gold Cup. Charlie Appleby could be represented by Dubai Gold Cup runner-up, Manobo.

Ascot Gold Cup fifth, Tashkhan and Hardwicke Stakes sixth, Away He Goes have been handed Glorious Goodwood entries. Other likely runners on day one include Martyn Meade's three-year-old Zechariah, Ian Williams' Enemy and Roger Teal's Ocean Wind, who hasn't run since May 2021.

Goodwood Cup History

Kicking off the Glorious Goodwood carnival is the Goodwood Cup.

Originating in 1812, the Goodwood Cup has since become a global racing event despite being run as a Group 2 and Group 3 race for most of its existence.

Now a Group 1 feature, the Goodwood Cup is shining on the international stage with recent winners including Big Orange, Brown Panther and Cavalryman – all of which have contested major staying races around the world.

There have been multiple winners including Double Trigger, which won three times in four years and also Yeats and Big Orange, which won twice respectively.

The Goodwood Cup is raced after the Ascot Gold Cup and before the Doncaster Cup, which gives stayers a chance to race in all three or chose their desired staying path.

Five jockeys have won the race on five occasions with Pat Eddery being the most recent in 1996 when winning aboard Great Shot.

John Scott trained seven winners in the early stages of the race, but the likes of Aidan O'Brien, Saeed bin Suroor and Mark Johnston have dominated since.

Popular stayer Brown Panther scored in the Goodwood Cup in 2013. He was followed into the winners' enclosure by another fan's favourite in Big Orange, who won the race for two years in a row between 2015 and '16.

The last four years have all been about Stradivarius. John Gosden's star stayer first won the Goodwood Cup as a three-year-old in 2017. Stradivarius then successfully defended his crown in 2018, '19 and again in 2020, where he defeated Nayef Road and Irish Derby winner, Santiago.

Trainer Alan King celebrated his first Group One winner on the flat in 2021, as Trueshan powered to victory in the Goodwood Cup.

Goodwood Cup Betting Guide

The favourites have a great record in the Goodwood Cup, winning six of the last 12 editions.

Favourites to win recently include Big Orange (11/4), Saddler's Rock (2/1), Opinion Poll (9/2) and Yeats (8/15).

Apart from Yeats' two wins since 2006, punters have got better than odds-on for every favourite winning and some champion staying thoroughbreds have paid handsomely with bookmakers.

Big Orange paid 6/1 when winning his first Goodwood Cup and paid better than even money when winning it a year later.

Brown Panther was considered one of the better rising stayers at the time and punters were able to secure odds of 13/2 for the Tom Dascombe-trained runner.

The last three winners have all had three starts that season prior to running in the Goodwood Cup, with all three winning at least one race that season.

Having form at Goodwood isn't needed as Yeats, Allegretto, Saddler's Rock, Brown Panther and 2017 winner Stradivarius didn't have any experience on the track prior to winning.

Only one of the last eight winners had a Group 1 win prior to the Goodwood Cup (Cavalryman) and Brown Panther hadn't won at any group level.

The age of the winner is varied, but punters should stick to ages 4-6.

Goodwood Cup Lead Up Races

The top race for stayers earlier in the season is the Royal Ascot Gold Cup. 

The Yorkshire Cup and the Sagaro Stakes are also popular lead up races. Some three-year-olds often step up to two miles after running in the Queen's Vase at Ascot.

After The Goodwood Cup

Following on from Goodwood, the next big race for stayers is the Lonsdale Cup at York. The Doncaster Cup and the Long Distance Cup at Ascot are also popular targets.

There are two Group Ones for stayers over in France that are also targetted. The Prix de Royallieu and the Prix Royal-Oaks. There's also the two-and-a-half mile Prix du Cadran.

Goodwood Cup Trends

Seven of the last 12 winners won on their previous run before entering the Goodwood Cup.

Eight of those 12 winners had a rating of 110 or higher, with three-year-old winner Stradivarius carrying a rating of only 100 when winning in 2017.

11 of the last 12 winners had won at group level.

2023 Goodwood Cup FAQs

When is the Goodwood Cup?

The 2023 Goodwood Cup will be run at Goodwood on Tuesday 1st August.

How long is the Goodwood Cup?

At two miles long, the Goodwood Cup is one of the longest Group One races for flat horses on the entire calendar.

When is Glorious Goodwood?

The world-famous Glorious Goodwood meeting starts on Tuesday 1st August, and ends on Saturday 5th August, 2023.