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…

Weights unveiled today for Qatar Stewards’ Cup & Betfred Mile

Weights are unveiled today for the two feature handicaps at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup, run over six furlongs on Saturday, August 5 and the £150,000 Betfred Mile, which is staged on Friday, August 4.   Qatar Stewards’ Cup   Three horses share top-weight of 9st 10lb in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup – Growl (Kevin Ryan), runner-up in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot in 2016, Perfect Pasture (Mick Easterby), a Listed winner at Windsor this season and…

Limato and Alice Springs among 46 contenders for Qatar Lennox Stakes + Treble-chasing Take Cover among Qatar King George Stakes entries

Limato and Alice Springs among 46 contenders for Qatar Lennox Stakes G1 winners Limato and Alice Springs headline 46 entries for the £300,000 Group Two Qatar Lennox Stakes, run over seven furlongs on the opening day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, August 1. Limato stormed to victory in last season’s G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket before going on to another impressive win for trainer Henry Candy in the G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret at Chantilly, France, in October. Alice Springs also scored at G1 level at…

Gold Cup heroes head 29 entries for Qatar Goodwood Cup

Big Orange and Order Of St George, who fought out a pulsating finish to the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last week, feature among 29 entries for the newly-promoted Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup. The two-mile contest has been upgraded to Group One status from Group Two this year and carries a record prize fund of £500,000 (up from £300,000 in 2016). The historic race, first run in 1812, is now the highlight of the opening day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, August 1, having been…

Qatar Goodwood Festival 2016 – all the news on fifth day

QATAR GOODWOOD FESTIVAL 2016 RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, JULY 30   GOING REMAINS GOOD TO FIRM FOR FIFTH DAY   The going for the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Cup remains:   Good to Firm   It was dry overnight and a dry day is forecast.   The ground has been watered.   There is fresh ground on the top bend for today’s racing.   Stalls: Straight Course: Stands’ side. Round Course: Inside, except 1m 4f course which is outside….

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