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The £70,000 Glorious Stakes is a Group 3 flat race conducted on the penultimate day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival. Sharing the card with six other races, it is held in late July or early August each year. The running takes place on the right-handed turf of the Goodwood Racecourse, serving as the curtain raiser for the day’s main events—the Group 2 Richmond Stakes and the highly anticipated Totesport Mile.

The Glorious Stakes is open to Thoroughbreds aged four years and upwards. It covers a distance of one mile and four furlongs, with each starter carrying nine stone even. An allowance of three pounds is provided for fillies and mares. Penalties are applied to entrants that have had success in races since 1st November of the previous year, amounting to seven pounds for Group 1 winners, five pounds for Group 2 winners and three pounds for Group 3 winners.

The race was first run in 1979 under a different name—the Alycidon Stakes—in honour of the 1949 winner of the Goodwood Cup. At that time, it was conducted as a conditions race for horses aged three or older. In 1985, the event achieved Listed status, and two years later it was renamed the Alycidon Glorious Stakes.

In 1989, a sponsor came on board and the race became known as the Schroders Glorious Stakes. It remained so through 1997, including the switch in 1993 to a limited handicap format for four-year-olds and above. When a new backer took the title position, the event was called the Theo Fennell Glorious Rated Stakes.

The next name change came in 2000—the Glorious Tioman Island Rated Stakes—which was followed by the Lady O Memorial Glorious Rated Stakes in 2001. Sponsorships were dropped temporarily in 2003, as was the “Rated” part of the title in 2004, when the Glorious Stakes reverted to being a conditions race.

By this time, Alycidon was all but lost in the event’s evolution. Racing UK became the primary backer for 2005, and then Coutts assumed the title role, which they have maintained since 2006, including the promotion of the race to the Group 3 level in 2008.

In its early years, the Glorious Stakes was dominated by one jockey, Willie Carson. He prevailed at four of the first five meetings, getting his initial victory here aboard Water Mill in 1980. He then guided Capstan to back-to-back wins in 1981-82, making the Dick Hern-trained mount the only double victor in the event’s history. His fourth and final triumph came in 1983 with Seymour Hicks.

Although Hern also trained Water Mill and got a fourth win with Longboat in 1984, his record of four wins was eclipsed by Luca Cumani over the ensuing quarter century. The Italian schooled winner Knockando in 1987, followed by Hajade in 1990, Midnight Legend in 1995 and Alkaased in 2004. His fifth victory came with Purple Moon in 2007.

Anyone looking for hot tips in the Glorious Stakes should keep a close eye on four-year-old entries. Since the higher age restriction was imposed in 1993, they have claimed eleven victories here versus three for the five-year-olds and four for the six-year-olds.

The most powerful stables in the U.K. have been well represented at the Glorious Stakes since the turn of the new millennium, and the bookmakers have taken note, correctly identifying five winners in the most recent eleven runnings. In 2000, Mark Johnston’s Irish gelding Murghem proved predictions true by winning at 5/2.

The oddsmakers had Alkaased right at 11/4, and they were spot on with Saeed bin Suroor’s bay stallion Mamool in 2005 at 9/4. The most recent favourite to succeed in the Glorious Stakes was Sixties Icon, ridden by Johnny Murtagh for veteran trainer Jeremy Noseda and paying 100/30. The only double-digit winner in the past decade was Compton Bolter, a bay gelding that took the lead 75 metres from the finish and held on to win by a neck for a payout at 12/1.

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