|Group 2 race|
W. Sussex, England
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||2 miles (3,219 metres)|
|Track||Turf, left / right-handed|
|Qualification||Three-years-old and up|
|Weight||8 st 4 lb (3yo);|
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since November 1 last year
(2yo wins not penalised)
The Goodwood Cup is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 2 miles (3,219 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.
The first version of the event was established in 1808, and this was won on three separate occasions by Bucephalus. The trophy, a silver cup, was awarded permanently to the horse's owner after the third of these victories. The replacement trophy was a gold cup, and the inaugural running for this prize took place in 1812. The race was initially contested over 3 miles, but its distance was later set at 2 miles and 5 furlongs.
The Goodwood Cup was won by a number of foreign-bred horses in the mid-19th century. Early winners for France included Jouvence, Monarque and Flageolet, and the United States was represented by Starke. Perhaps the most notable overseas victory came from Kincsem, a Hungarian filly who remained unbeaten in a career of fifty-four races.
When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Goodwood Cup was classed at Group 2 level. It was relegated to Group 3 status in 1985. Due to the repositioning of the finishing post, the race's distance was cut by a furlong in 1990. It was reduced again the following year to its current length, 2 miles. The event was promoted back to Group 2 class in 1995.
The Goodwood Cup is one of Britain's leading contests for "stayers" – those horses which specialise in racing over long distances. It is the second leg of the Stayers' Triple Crown, preceded by the Gold Cup and followed by the Doncaster Cup. The race is now held on day three of the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
- Double Trigger – 1995, 1997, 1998
Leading jockey (5 wins):
- Jem Robinson – Fleur de Lis (1829), Glencoe (1834), Rockingham (1835), Beggarman (1840), Charles the Twelfth (1842)
- George Fordham – Baroncino (1855), Rogerthorpe (1856), Starke (1861), The Duke (1866), Border Minstrel (1883)
- Steve Donoghue – Queen's Square (1919), Mount Royal (1920), Bucks (1921), Cloudbank (1925), Brown Jack (1930)
- Lester Piggott – Gladness (1958), Exar (1960), Proverb (1974), Girandole (1975), Ardross (1981)
- Pat Eddery – Erimo Hawk (1972), Valuable Witness (1985), Mazzacano (1989), Sonus (1993), Grey Shot (1996)
Leading trainer (7 wins):
- John Scott – Hornsea (1836), Carew (1837), Charles the Twelfth (1841, 1842), Canezou (1849, 1850), Sweetsauce (1860)
Winners since 1977
|1977||Grey Baron||4||Geoff Lewis||Bruce Hobbs|
|1978||Tug of War||5||Brian Rouse||Dermot Whelan|
|1979||Le Moss||4||Joe Mercer||Henry Cecil||4:58.00|
|1980||Le Moss||5||Joe Mercer||Henry Cecil||4:39.50|
|1981||Ardross||5||Lester Piggott||Henry Cecil|
|1982||Heighlin||6||Steve Cauthen||David Elsworth|
|1983||Little Wolf||5||Willie Carson||Dick Hern||4:32.30|
|1984||Gildoran||4||Steve Cauthen||Barry Hills|
|1985||Valuable Witness||5||Pat Eddery||Jeremy Tree|
|1986||Longboat||5||Willie Carson||Dick Hern||4:46.98|
|1987||Sergeyevich||3||Willie Carson||John Dunlop||4:30.32|
|1988||Sadeem||5||Greville Starkey||Guy Harwood||4:36.34|
|1989||Mazzacano||4||Pat Eddery||Guy Harwood||4:32.84|
|1990||Lucky Moon||3||Willie Carson||John Dunlop||4:11.75|
|1991||Further Flight||5||Michael Hills||Barry Hills||3:28.69|
|1992||Further Flight||6||Michael Hills||Barry Hills||3:24.04|
|1993||Sonus||4||Pat Eddery||John Gosden||3:35.36|
|1994||Tioman Island||4||Richard Quinn||Paul Cole||3:23.57|
|1995||Double Trigger||4||Jason Weaver||Mark Johnston||3:25.86|
|1996||Grey Shot||4||Pat Eddery||Ian Balding||3:25.17|
|1997||Double Trigger||6||Michael Roberts||Mark Johnston||3:24.81|
|1998||Double Trigger||7||Darryll Holland||Mark Johnston||3:29.19|
|1999||Kayf Tara||5||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||3:23.67|
|2000||Royal Rebel||4||Michael Kinane||Mark Johnston||3:31.71|
|2001||Persian Punch||8||Richard Quinn||David Elsworth||3:27.09|
|2002||Jardines Lookout||5||Michael Kinane||Alan Jarvis||3:21.63|
|2003||Persian Punch||10||Martin Dwyer||David Elsworth||3:27.86|
|2004||Darasim||6||Joe Fanning||Mark Johnston||3:26.93|
|2005||Distinction||6||Michael Kinane||Sir Michael Stoute||3:29.56|
|2006||Yeats||5||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||3:21.55|
|2007||Allegretto||4||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||3:25.61|
|2008||Yeats||7||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O'Brien||3:25.75|
|2009||Schiaparelli||6||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||3:25.18|
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- goodwood.co.uk – Goodwood Media Guide (2009).
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Goodwood Cup (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Goodwood Cup – Goodwood.
- tbheritage.com – Goodwood Cup.