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…

Kinema out to provide Beckett with another Glorious result at the Qatar Goodwood Festival

  Kinema is on course to bid for a hat-trick of wins this season in the £100,000 Group Three Betfred Glorious Stakes, the opening contest on day four of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Friday, July 29.   The five-year-old is set to make his Pattern debut in the 12-furlong contest after providing trainer Ralph Beckett with a first Royal Ascot success when taking the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap over a mile and a half on June 17, in which he survived a stewards’ enquiry to…

Take Cover on course for another crack at Goodwood’s Qatar King George Stakes

  Evergreen sprinter Take Cover is set to make a fourth appearance at the Qatar Goodwood Festival when he bids for a second victory in the £300,000 Group Two Qatar King George Stakes on Friday, July 29.   The nine-year-old, trained in South Yorkshire by David Griffiths, has a marvellous record at Goodwood. He captured the five-furlong contest in 2014 and went down by a head to Muthmir (William Haggas) in last year’s renewal. He was also beaten a nose in the consolation race for…

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…

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