Goodwood gets set for season opener - your chance to win tickets

Action at last year's sun-baked season opener at Goodwood / Picture by Malcolm Wells
Action at last year's sun-baked season opener at Goodwood / Picture by Malcolm Wells

Goodwood comes under starter’s orders for a new season on Saturday week with exciting afternoon of high-quality racing.

Races include two valuable listed contests, the Daisy Warwick Stakes and the Conqueror Stakes, both of which are likely to attract some exciting fillies and mares aiming to get their seasons off to a winning start.

During the winter months, much investment has taken place at the racecourse.

The inside of the March Grandstand has seen further redevelopment, creating a superb new betting facility and two new cafés.

The Richmond Enclosure boasts a beautiful new hospitality space in Long View which provides enchanting views across the racecourse and will be open in time for the May Festival.

All-weather championships action at Lingfield
Hard work paying off for Goodwood's season
Goodwood is excited to introduce its new ECO-Cup, helping forge a path towards eradicating disposables. The season ahead will see a refundable £1 deposit taken when any beer, lager or ale is consumed, with a clean cup offered for each beverage thereafter.

During the 2018 season, more than 300,000 pints and half pints were served in plastic cups.

Alex Eade, general manager for Goodwood Racecourse, said: “Sustainability has been at the core of our thinking here at Goodwood over several years, and as we move into the 2019 flat season, we will be taking bigger steps towards lessening our impact on the environment.

“In essence, I want to make sure our actions today preserve that famous and breathtaking view for future generations.”

Eade added: “Opening Saturday is a real family day out complemented by the high-class racing. With a children’s play area for the little ones, whether you are passionate about horse racing or want a really good afternoon out, Goodwood Racecourse is a fantastic place to come.”

Tickets can be purchased from only £12 in advance and children under 18 go free in all enclosures. Please call 01243 216610 or visit for tickets, hospitality, and further information.

* We are giving lucky readers the chance to win tickets to Goodwood’s season opener.

Saturday, May 4, is the day when the South Downs stages its highly anticipated first fixture of 2019 – when thousands of racing fans will get their first glimpse of the hallowed turf since last autumn, and when the hopes and dreams of race-goers, jockeys, trainers and owners start afresh.

It’s the first of 19 days of racing at Goodwood stretching from May to October, including all the usual season highlights like the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the May and August three-day festivals and Three Friday Nights.

May 4 brings a high-quality seven-race card planned and while adults indulge in the on-track action, youngsters will love exploring the children’s play area and dancing to a jazz band and sax quartet on the grass.

Ticket prices start from just £12 in the Lennox Enclosure – for full details and to book, go to

But the Observer has joined forces with Goodwood to offer free tickets to five pairs of lucky winners.

To stand a chance of winning one of our pairs, just answer this question: How many days of horse racing are scheduled for Goodwood this year?

Email your answer - plus your full name, address, telephone number(s) and date of birth - to by the deadline of midday on Monday, April 29. Normal JPI Media T&Cs apply.

Stick with this website for more news from Goodwood as the season gets under way