Superb 10 for £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday

  A superb field of 10 goes to post in the £1-million Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.10pm), the highlight of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, on Wednesday, July 27. A trio of three-year-old colts headline the field in the mile race – QIPCO 2000 Guineas heroGalileo Gold (Hugo Palmer/Frankie Dettori), French 2,000 Guineas scorer The Gurkha(Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore) and Awtaad (Kevin Prendergast/Chris Hayes), successful in the Irish 2,000 Guineas when defeating Galileo Gold by two and a half lengths. The three colts were last seen out in the G1…

Finsbury Square out to strike for France in Friday’s Qatar King George Stakes at Goodwood

Speed is the order of the day on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Friday, July 29, with the £312,100 Group Two Qatar King George Stakes (3.45pm) the highlight. There are 19 confirmations, plus supplementary entry Jungle Cat (Charlie Appleby) owned by Godolphin, for the five-furlong sprint, including the two most recent winners of the race in Take Cover (David Griffiths), who took the spoils in 2014, and last year’s victor Muthmir (William Haggas). Goldream (Robert Cowell) captured two G1 races over five furlongs…

Commissioned up for the Qatar Goodwood Cup on Ladies’ Day

Day three of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Thursday, July 28, is Ladies’ Day with the £312,100 Group Two Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.10pm, 16 confirmations plus one supplementary entry) taking centre stage.   The first two horses home in the 2015 Qatar Goodwood Cup were Big Orange (Michael Bell) and Quest For More (Roger Charlton), who both go forward for this year’s renewals, along with last year’s fourth Pallasator (Sir Mark Prescott), sixth Sheikhzayedroad (David Simcock) and seventh Oriental Fox (Mark Johnston).   Godolphin’s Antiquarium…

Guineas winners on course for electrifying rematch in Qatar Sussex Stakes

Galileo Gold, Awtaad and The Gurkha, who have won the three major European versions of the 2,000 Guineas this year, headline 14 six-day confirmations for the £1-million Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes, the fabulous feature contest staged over a mile on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Wednesday, July 27.   The three colts have already met in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14, when QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Galileo Gold (Hugo Palmer) cemented his place as Europe’s…

Thrilling first day of Qatar Goodwood Festival in prospect

  The 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival is now less than a week away and the countdown to the five-day spectacular at the world’s most beautiful racecourse steps up a gear today with the unveiling of the acceptors and entries for the opening day on Tuesday, July 26.   Tuesday’s highlight is the £300,000 G2 Qatar Lennox Stakes (3.10pm, 14 confirmations), staged over seven furlongs for three-year-olds and upwards.   Last year’s winner and close second in 2014 Toormore (Richard Hannon) goes forward again, along with…

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