When: Tuesday 1 - Saturday 5, August, 2017
Where: Goodwood Racecourse, Britian
British horse racing at its finest, with over 200 years of history and experience, Goodwood Racecourse is the ultimate destination for horse betting fans. Nestled amongst 12,000 acres of idyllic countryside, this beautiful course provides the perfect backdrop to a unique and classically British affair.
Five days of thrilling action is set, once again to take plave against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside and as always, the social highlight of the flat-racing season gets underway with all eyes on the Qatar Goodwood Festival - or to most folk, Glorious Goodwood.
The Qatar Goodwood Cup has also been moved forward with the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 1 August, 2017. The Group 2 race for three year olds and above thoroughbreds, is run over a distance of 2 miles. The race forms part of the ‘Stayers Triple Crown’ and caries a hefty amount of prize money. The other two races are the Ascot Gold Cup, run over 2 and a half miles and the Doncaster Cup, run over 2 and a quarter miles.
Some of the best three-year-old milers take part in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes during the Glorious Goodwood meeting.
The Qatar Sussex Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat racing season, attracts a stellar line-up and now offers a whopping £1 million in total prize money. This mile-long Group 1 race has previously been won by Rock Of Gibraltar and Frankel. In fact, Frankel is one of just three horses aged older than three to win the last 10 editions of this race.
Qatar Sussex Stakes Race History
The history of the Sussex Stakes dates all the way back to 1841 but it was first run as a mile-long contest in 1878. That change, along with opening it up to horses aged five and older in 1975, helped make this race one of the most prestigious of the summer flat racing season.
Previous winners of the Sussex Stakes include massive names from racing history like Rock Of Gibraltar and Frankel. In fact, Frankel is one of just three horses aged older than three to win the last 10 editions of this race.
The seventh running of the ladies’ charity race, the Magnolia Cup, includes high-profile women competing for honours on Ladies' Day at Glorious Goodwood.
The sight of a packed field of horses hurtling at speeds of over 40mph past the Goodwood grandstands makes the £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes one of the highlights of the year. Add in three further Group races and Friday of the Qatar Goodwood Festival has to be one of the most enthralling day's racing in the entire calendar. The horses reach a speed of 40 mph and thunder toward the finish.
The six furlong beast "Qatar Stewards Cup" takes centre stage for the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, with over 20 sprinters thundering down the Goodwood straight. This historic race provides racegoers with the opportunity to witness the finest equine speedsters dashing past the idyllic backdrop in attempt to claim the £250,000 prize. Previous winners of this iconic sprint include Loch Song and Dancing Star.
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