The Goodwood Handicap Course of two miles and five furlongs starts from below the winning post and, running the reverse way up the course, turns left after about half a mile and returns to the straight via the top bend.
The Goodwood Cup Course is the last two miles, the Bentinck Course the last one mile and six furlongs and the Gratwicke Course the last mile of the Goodwood Handicap Course.
The one mile and three furlongs distance was introduced in 2001. It starts at the same point as the mile and a half course but enters the straight via the lower bend.
The Craven Course is one mile, one furlong and 192 yards long (described as a mile and a quarter) starting in almost the same spot as the Gratwicke Course but running in the reverse direction and returning to the straight by the top bend. The one mile and one furlong course, though starting at almost the same point, follows the lower bend till joining the straight.
The Old Mile and seven-furlong courses start on the Goodwood Handicap Course and join the straight on the lower bend.
The five-furlong and six-furlong (Stewards’ Cup) courses are straight, the first furlong of the latter being uphill and then slightly undulating downwards to the finish.
The sharp bends and downhill gradients of Goodwood usually suit the handy, well -balanced, neat-actioned sort and are against the big long-striding horse.
The course benefits from an artificial watering system.