Johnston targeting 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival glory with classy team

  Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston opened the doors to his Kingsley House Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire this morning for a media visit organised by Goodwood Racecourse ahead of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival, which runs from Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 3 inclusive. Johnston, Britain’s winning-most trainer of all time, has already sent out 150 winners this season (up to July 16) and recorded the highest-ever total of successes in a British season last term with 230 victories. The Glasgow-born trainer is no…

Fantastic racing in prospect at Qatar Goodwood Festival as principal contests take shape

This year’s Qatar Goodwood Festival is shaping up to be another tremendous feast of racing, with a host of proven G1 performers remaining engaged following the latest scratchings’ deadline for the five-day spectacular on the South Downs. No fewer than 14 of the 20 horses going forward in the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes, the mile highlight of the second day on Wednesday, July 31, have already finished first or second at G1 level, including eight individual G1 winners. Too Darn Hot is the 7/2 favourite with…

Carroll and Ffrench Davis eyeing glory as weights unveiled for Goodwood’s Unibet Stewards’ Cup and Unibet Golden Mile

Weights are revealed today for the two most valuable handicaps staged during the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the £250,000 Unibet Stewards’ Cup (Saturday, August 3) over six furlongs and the £150,000 Unibet Golden Mile (Friday, August 2). The 111-rated Mr Lupton, one of 15 entries for North Yorkshire trainer Richard Fahey, heads the weights on 9st 11lb for the Unibet Stewards’ Cup. Successful in the G2 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, in May, Mr Lupton is a 20/1 shot with race sponsor Unibet. Progressive four-year-old Flavius…

Classic heroines Hermosa & Channel among superb entries for G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes

Classic winners Hermosa (Aidan O’Brien)and Channel (Francis-Henri Graffard) feature among33 entries (13 more than in 2018) for the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes over nearly 10 furlongs, the highlight on the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Ladies’ Day, on Thursday, August 1. Dual British and Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Hermosa is one of 10 entries for Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien, who is seeking a fifth Qatar Nassau Stakes victory. The three-year-old daughter of Galileo finished second on her latest start to French raider Watch Me…

Classic winners among £1-mQatar Sussex Stakes entries, highlight of the Qatar Goodwood Festival

Classic winners among £1-million G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes entries, highlight of the Qatar Goodwood Festival Winners of the Classics so far in 2019 plus star older milers (12 individual G1 winners in total) feature among the 35 entries for the £1-million G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes, staged at Goodwood on Wednesday, July 31, day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. The Qatar Sussex Stakes, over a mile for three-year-olds and upwards, is the richest race run during the magnificent Qatar Goodwood Festival, which takes place from…

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