Goodwood Cup Tips & Predictions

DateSunday July 29, 2018
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money£500,000

{Only one of the last eight Goodwood Cup winners had won at Group 1 level.

Six of the last 12 winners have been the tote favourite.}

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 carnival, 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 day betting card 2018

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

2018 Goodwood Cup betting selections & tips

We have Goodwood Cup expert tips available.

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.

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 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.

Goodwood Cup winners

Race Winner
2016Big Orange
2015Big Orange
2013Brown Panther
2012Saddler's Rock
2011Opinion Poll
2010Illustrious Blue
2003Persian Punch
2002Jardines Lookout
2001Persian Punch
2000Royal Rebel
1999Kayf Tara
1998Double Trigger
1997Double Trigger
1996Grey Shot
1995Double Trigger
1994Tioman Island
1992Further Flight
1991Further Flight
1990Lucky Moon