All the news from the first day of the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2017 RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE FIRST DAY, TUESDAY, AUGUST 1   EARLY GOING NEWS AND NON-RUNNERS   The going for the first day of the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, August 1, is:   Good (Good to Soft in places on Straight Course)   The GoingStick reading at 10.00am today was 7.2 (compared to 6.8 at 3.00pm yesterday).   Stalls Straight Course: stands’ side Round Course: inside The lower bend has been dolled out five yards at the six-furlong marker to the winning…

Varian eyes Qatar Nassau Stakes with Nezwaah as G1 highlights take shape ahead of 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival

The six-day confirmations are out for the three Group One (G1) highlights during the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, which starts on Tuesday, August 1 and concludes on Saturday, August 5.   Dual Classic-winning filly Winter (Aidan O’Brien IRE) is on course to face her elders for the first time and step up in trip in what is shaping up to be an excellent renewal of the £600,000 G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes (11 confirmations) over 10 furlongs on Thursday, August 3.   Winter has looked imperious…

Bell happy as Big Orange goes for Qatar Goodwood Cup record

Big Orange will make history if successful in the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup, worth £500,000, on Tuesday August 1 as he would become the first horse to win the historic race three times in succession.   His victories in 2015 and 2016 came when the Qatar Goodwood Cup was a G2 event but the promotion to G1 means that he meets opponents off level weights following his G1 victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last month.   Trainer Michael Bell hosted a Goodwood…

All the news and quotes from today’s Qatar Goodwood Festival press launch

The press launch in advance of the Qatar Goodwood Festival was staged at the Sky Bar of the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in the heart of the City of London today, Monday, July 17. Connection of several leading connections were on hand to discuss their chances ahead of the five-day spectacular on the South Downs, which runs from Tuesday, August 1 through to Saturday, August 5.   Richard Fahey GOODWOOD RECORD: 21 winners (10 at Qatar Goodwood Festival) 2016 – 2 winners 2017 – 0…

2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival feature races take shape

There are now just under three weeks until the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival gets underway and enthralling world-class racing is on the horizon with the latest acceptors for the feature contests unveiled today. The highlight of the week, the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes, staged on Wednesday, August 2, has 24 contenders going forward following yesterday’s scratchings’ deadline. A real clash of the generations is on the cards in the mile showpiece, with dual 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill (Aidan O’Brien) set to take on Godolphin’s star older milerRibchester (Richard…

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