• Three-year-olds only. One mile and four furlongs. First run 1990. (Note: for three-year-olds and up 1990-92)

The Hounds Heritage Handicap has been won by some high-class individuals but pre-eminent among them is the brilliant Pilsudski, victorious in 1995 for Sir Michael Stoute. 

The colt progressed into a superstar over the next two seasons as he triumphed in premier Group One races such as the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Japan Cup, Eclipse Stakes and both the English and Irish Champion Stakes. 

This valuable middle distance handicap has also gone the way of Spinning and Midnight Legend who both showed themselves to be better than handicappers, while the enigmatic Maylane also took the Group Three September Stakes at Epsom. 

Midnight Legend’s trainer Luca Cumani won four of the first seven runnings of this race, while Pilsudski’s handler, Sir Michael Stoute, has also enjoyed five victories, the most recent being Verdant in 2010. The 2003 winner, No Refuge, made his mark over hurdles with a Grade One victory at the 2005 Cheltenham Festival.

Goodwood celebrated in 2008 with one of its greatest friends when renaming the race the Sir Peter O’Sullevan ‘The Voice of Racing’ 90th Birthday Handicap. UBS sponsors this year.

Only four market leaders have been successful in the 21 runnings, the latest being Mary Stuart at 9–4 back in 1999. 



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