The race has a strong 25-year history and is always one of the highlights for fans of handicap racing. This year’s contest promises to be no different as the ante post favourite Trade Commissioner has been announced as a non runner.
More than 100,000 people flock through the gates during the five-day Festival to enjoy the chic, relaxed and stylish atmosphere. A quintessentially English event, at a beautifully picturesque course, the champagne and strawberries are always in abundance. Glorious Goodwood attracts the very best from the international world of horseracing.
The meeting, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, is home to two of the UK’s 31 Group One flat races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.
Goodwood Racecourse is a horse-racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House.
John Gosden’s Trade Comissioner is the favourite, with Prince Of Johanne next in the market. The latter will bid to complete an unprecedented treble for trainer Tom Tate, having captured the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket and the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
Royal Ascot winner Prince of Johanne was successful in the Royal Hunt Cup when edging out Excellent Guest by half a length in a close run finish which saw a number of horses with a chance inside the final furlong.
Last year’s winner Boom And Bust is another one in with a shout, although the statistics are stacked against him, because no horse has won back-to-back runnings of the Betfred Mile in the 25-year history of the event.
Other notable contenders include Royal Hunt Cup runner-up Excellent Guest, Invisible Man, Madam Macie and Johnny Castle.