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British horse Racecourses: Evaluating the Goodwood Race Course

Updated on December 29, 2017

Horse Racing.

Horse racing as a sport is appreciated the world over except perhaps China. The racing season is always looked forward to and from Bombay to England the racing season is one of joy and expectation. Lots of betting also takes place, but it is strictly regulated. Horse races are conducted at race course. Some of the race courses are legendary. Suffice it to say that without race courses there would be no horse racing. Racecourses mature with age. One can almost compare them to old wine.Over the years a racecourse builds up a reputation and also needs time to come of age.

Goodwood Race Course

One race course that was laid out in 1802 and has made a name for it is the Goodwood racecourse. This race course is located about five miles from Chichester, West Sussex, in England. Racing horses is recognized as the king of all sport and the Goodwood race course has made a name for itself in the racing circuit with a pedigree that traces to 200 years. This makes it one of the oldest race courses in the world.All these two centuries teh race course has remained alive and horses have raced here.

History

The racecourse was laid out by the 3rd Duke of Richmond in the early 19th century. The race course has been looked after for the last 2 centuries by the house of Richmond. It’s to their credit that they have maintained the race course at an optimum level. The present Duke trained to be an accountant, but it does not stop him from maintaining, what is now considered one of the finest race courses in England.

The Race Course Proper

This race course is basically for flat racing and over the decades has built up a reputation of being a slightly difficult course. This is so because the course is at an incline for the first furlong and mostly downhill for the next 5 furlongs. At one end of the race course there is a tight right handed loop from where the longer races take off.

The race course is part of the annual race calendar in England. It plays host to the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting. This is one of the major highlights of the British flat racing calendar. It also stages 2 of the UK's 31 Group One flat races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.

The Club and the Race Course

The house of Richmond also maintains an excellent race club. Membership of this club known as the Goodwood Horse Racing Club is open to all on payment of an annual subscription. The subscription rate for new members is £469, while renewals cost: £319. There is a special young person’s membership for teens aged between 18-24 for £ 150. This shows the thoughtful approach of the house of Richmond. The Horse racing club thus, almost has an egalitarian approach.

The Richmond club has as its member some of the most influential sportsmen, statesmen diplomats and royalty as its members. There is also a heliport about 5 miles North East of Chichester which is maintained by the race club

Media and Races at Goodwood

Most races at the Goodwood race course are televised live and the BBC has had exclusive rights for this for the last 50 year, till 2006. From 2007, Channel 4 Racing has bagged the rights for the races. There are 19 Goodwood Horse Race Meetings in 2013 including the Glorious Goodwood which is held in July and August every year. These races attract attention the world over and betting takes place at distant venues, where the punters keep track of races which are televised live.

Last Word

The Goodwood course is part of English horse racing history. It is one of the most beautiful courses in the world. However its closeness to the coast does have a slight drawback as sometimes fog envelops the racecourse. Some people do feel that the fog adds its own charm to the race course.

Race courses like the Goodwood Race Course add to the glory that was England and is almost like a national treasure to be nurtured and preserved for all time to come. This is almost an inspirational race course and a visit here is something a Connaissaire of horse racing will relish.

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