Ridge Ranger trying for more Goodwood success in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup

Trainer Eric Alston is looking forward to seeing Ridge Ranger return to the Qatar Goodwood Festival for the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup, one of the highlights of the fifth and final day of the meeting on Saturday, July 30.   The five-year-old mare, one of 111 entries remaining in the most valuable six-furlong British heritage handicap of the year following the July 12 scratchings deadline, gave the Lancashire handler a first Goodwood success with an easy win in the Weatherbys Private Banking Handicap over five…

All the news & quotes from the Qatar Goodwood Festival launch

  Welcome to the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival   Lord March, the Owner of Goodwood, looks forward to the 2016 Qatar Goodwood Festival.   He said: “It is with great anticipation that we look forward to another Qatar Goodwood Festival, as we once again welcome the sport’s best horses, trainers and jockeys to the Racecourse. Last year began our relationship with Qatar, which involved a hugely generous investment into the week-long Festival we affectionately call ‘Glorious Goodwood’. This investment helped increase prize money significantly, attracting…

31 go forward for enthralling Qatar Sussex Stakes

The Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes has 31 entries going forward following the July 5 scratchings deadline and an enthralling renewal of the mile contest, worth £1 million for the second year, is in prospect on Wednesday, July 27, day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.   A thrilling clash of the generations could see Classic winners Galileo Gold (Hugo Palmer), Minding (Aidan O’Brien), The Gurkha (Aidan O’Brien), Awtaad (Kevin Prendergast) and Jet Setting (Adrian Keatley) take on the cream of the older generation.  …

High-class entries revealed for the two heritage handicaps at the Qatar Goodwood Festival

High-class entries are unveiled today for the two very valuable heritage handicaps staged at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – the £250,000 Qatar Stewards’ Cup over six furlongs on Saturday, July 30 and the £150,000 Betfred Mile, run on Friday, July 29. Weights for both contests will be unveiled on Wednesday, July 6, while there is a scratchings stage on July 12. The maximum field for the Qatar Stewards’ Cup is 28, while 20 may line up for the Betfred Mile. Qatar Stewards’ Cup Outback Traveller and Brando headline…

Minding stars among 37 entries for stunning Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood

The £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes, the Group One highlight on the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Saturday, July 30, has attracted a high-class entry of 37 (up from 34 in 2015), details of which are revealed today. Staged over just short of 10 furlongs, the Qatar Nassau Stakes is Europe’s richest race for fillies and mares, thanks to the 10-year Qatar sponsorship agreement which commenced last year. A plethora of Group One winners feature among the 2016 entries, headed by Minding(Aidan O’Brien), who is…

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