Qatar Goodwood Festival

The Goodwood Festival known to many as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ due to it’s thrilling racing and unmatched picturesque views, takes place each year at the beginning of August. Offering 5 days of sensational Flat racing and total prize money of over £5 million it is an event which nobody should miss. Set in the rolling Sussex countryside over the height of Summer, this event combines elegant fashion with top class racing.

Day 1:

This year gets underway on Tuesday the 1st August with its feature race being the recently upgraded Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup. Big Orange has won the last two runnings of this race and looks to make it a hatrick this year! Dubbed as a rematch of the Gold Cup run at Royal Ascot between Big Orange and Order of St George, which Big Orange front run and beat his foe by a nose this looked set to be one of the races of the year. However, unfortunately Order of St George is set to miss the race in recovery for a busy Autumn, so can one of the nation's favourite horses make it a hatrick of wins this year?

Day 2:

Day 2 plays host to one of the biggest flat races in the world, The Sussex stakes. The Group 1 race is run over a mile and worth £1 million in prize money, so it’s no surprise that it attracts some of the biggest names in flat racing. Having being won in 2011 and 2012 by the almighty Frankel, it is a race which everyone wants to win. This year sees a matchup between two great horses, Ribchester and Churchill. Ribchester goes into the race as bookies favourite after Churchill’s poor run at Royal Ascot which saw him finish 4th behind Barney Roy, Lancaster Bomber and Thunder Snow. Lancaster Bomber is also set  to run in this race so could he cause an upset? Priced at 16/1 this should be worth an E/W bet.

Day 3:

The third day of the meeting is the infamous Ladies Day one of the best of its kind in the country due to its elegance and great racing, this is a day not to be missed. With three group races and the Ladies celebrity, Magnolia Cup, it’s a great day of racing. The Magnolia Cup is now in it’s seventh year, this charity event allows leading women from a variety of industries, to take part in the opening race of Ladies' Day. The feature race of the day is the Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes, worth £600,000 and previous winners include Minding, Midday and Ouija Board. Winter is set to step up in trip to this 10 furlong race and it will be no surprise that she is already bookies favourite to win the race.

Day 4:

Friday will play host to 4 Group races, one of which is the Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes worth £300,000 and it’s not only the racing which should appeal to you, there will also be live music, great food and an award for the ‘Best dressed’ Lady on the day. Battaash lines up in The Qatar King George Stakes and looks like a strong favourite having won both of his races thus far this season.

Day 5:

The final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival sees the Stewards Cup take centre stage. This historic race which is run over 6 furlongs and has been run since 1840 sees the finest equine speedsters attempt to claim the £250,000 prize. Previous winners of this 6 furlong sprint include Hoof it and Dancing Star. Having being won by the favourite in its last 2 runnings can Projection make it three in a row?

GoodwoodSam Hitchmough