Racing at ‘Glorious’ Goodwood never fails to entertain, and, despite the lack of race goers, this year’s festival was no exception! There was sure to be highs and lows for punters and bookmakers, alike, as the favourites in the horse racing betting won and lost across the course of the five days. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest shocks from across the 2020 Goodwood festival.
Day One – Only Spoofing – 14/1
Day one’s racing was mostly dominated by the favourites – with market leaders winning five of the eight races. However, Only Spoofing was on hand to cause an upset, as the six-year-old romped onto victory in the Qatar Handicap. The 14/1 shot, alongside Acclaim The Nation (7/1), edged into the lead one furlong out. The pair matched each other stride-for-stride, but Only Spoofing got his neck over the line just ahead of his counterpart. Believe In Love is also worth a mention, as jockey Andrea Atzeni led the 11/1 shot onto victory in the last race of the day – the British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap.
Day Two – Just Hubert – 25/1
Day two got off to one of the most unexpected of starts, as 22/1 shot Chamade raced clear of 13/8 favourite Waliyak to win the first race – the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap – by a couple of lengths. However, the Ralph Beckett-trained filly wasn’t the biggest outsider to win on day two. That accolade went to 25/1 shot Just Hubert! The Mark Johnston-trained Rochester House (6/1) led for most of the second race – the You’re On Goodwood Handicap – although, with the finish line in sight, the four-year-old couldn’t do enough to hold-off Tom Marquand and Just Hubert.
Day Three – Junkanoo – 50/1
It was another poor start to the day for the punters, as Glamorous Anna (9/1) won the opening Mirabeau En Provence Handicap. However, things went from bad to worse for the favourite-backers as 50/1 shot Junkanoo went on to beat the market leader, Zabeel Champion, in the following race – the 13:45 You’re On Handicap. The massive outsider came from the rear of the field to get himself into contention two furlongs out. However, it was at the half-a-furlong post when Junkanoo raced into the lead, and the Gary Moore-trained three-year-old just held-off the favourite to nick the victory.
Day Five – Summerghand – 22/1
Whilst day four of the festival lacked any massive shocks, with five favourites winning eight of the races, and 10/1 shot Tilsit being the biggest winner of the day, Summerghand was on hand to provide a surprising win on day five. In what was supposed to be the pilot event for the return of crowds to the sport, the David O’Meara 22/1 shot scooped the days featured race – the Stewards’ Cup. After being beaten by a nose at Royal Ascot in June, the six-year-old held-on to win by a head over 11/1 shot Kimifive in the day’s centrepiece. “He’s class and he’s hit the woodwork in so many big races – he deserved to win one,” O’Meara said.