The Ladbrokes March Stakes, a Group 3 race taking place at Goodwood’s August Bank Holiday fixture on Saturday 25, will be run in the memory of local trainer John Dunlop.
Dunlop, who sent out more than 3,500 winners from his Arundel stables in West Sussex, sadly died at the beginning of July. A man who embodied the spirit of Goodwood, Dunlop was crowned champion trainer in 1995 and sent out a total of 10 British Classic winners, including two Epsom Derby victories with Shirley Heights (1978) and Erhaab (1994).
A previous Director of Goodwood Racecourse, John enjoyed nearly 200 winners on the Downs, starting with Storm Bird taking the 1967 New Ham Stakes and including one of his career highlights, when the Pat Eddery-ridden Posse landed the 1980 Sussex Stakes. In addition to these successes, John trained Sheikh Mohammed’s first ever Group race winner at Goodwood, when Hatta won the Molecomb stakes in 1977.
The patriarch of a training dynasty, John leaves his wife Sue and two youngest sons, Ed and Harry, who have been training since 1994 and 2006 respectively. Ed Dunlop said; “On behalf of the family, we are extremely delighted to have a race run in my father’s honour. Goodwood was his favourite racecourse in the world and he was also a Director, so to have a prestigious race for him there is fantastic.”
Ladbrokes sponsor all seven races on the Saturday, one race on Friday 24, three on Sunday 26 and are the official Betting Partner of the fixture. Nicola McGeady, Head of Racing PR at Ladbrokes, said; “We are very excited to be sponsoring this wonderful meeting at Goodwood. It is fitting that one of our races will be run in the memory of John Dunlop, a hugely successful local trainer, and we are looking forward to a great weekend.”
The fixture begins on the Friday evening and after six races and family entertainment, finishes with a crescendo, as a dramatic firework display set to music will take guests’ breath away once again. Across all three days the whole family will be entertained, with a traditional fairground, circus tutors, Punch and Judy shows, ‘invisible cricket’, pantomime horse, live music and a replica beach front, complete with fish and chips and ice cream.
History could be created, as the ever-popular Frankie Dettori is just one victory away from riding his 200th winner at Goodwood. On the Sunday, The Silk Series Lady Riders’ Handicap will showcase the talents of some of the leading female jockeys in the sport.
Tickets to the August Bank Holiday Weekend start from just £12 per day, with under 18s going free. All of the additional entertainment and activities are free on entry. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit