Goodwood’s three day meeting, which ended on Saturday, saw 22,000 racegoers enjoy a mix of superb racing and fine food at the Goodwood Racecourse Festival of Food and Racing.
Highlights from the action on track included a fitting win for Mori in the Markel Height of Fashion Stakes, whose victory followed in the footsteps of her illustrious sire Frankel, twice a winner of the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Mori’s dam was Midday who won the Nassau Stakes, also staged at the track, three times.
The winning margin of a length and three quarters was perhaps indicative of her superiority, as it appeared she won with something in hand.
Also on Thursday, Racecourse ambassador Jim Crowley was in the saddle for a dead-heat finish to the Oriens Aviation EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, meaning both his mount Hadeeqa and William Buick’s Apphia were declared the winners.
On Friday, the Listed EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes was won by the ever popular Frankie Dettori, aboard Khalidi. On Saturday, the Listed Smarter Bets at Matchbook Tapster Stakes was won in good style by Second Step, who was registering only the fifth victory of his career.
Elsewhere on the course, delicious.magazine provided cookery demonstrations in a dedicated marquee, alongside chefs from the Goodwood Estate. The Great Taste Market was also a hive of activity, with award-winning stalls holders selling their fabulous produce throughout the meeting. Hallgarten, who have become the Estate’s wine partner and Coates and Seely, the exclusive sparkling wine of the Racecourse, were doing wine tasting sessions in the Richmond Enclosure, which were hugely popular.
Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, said; “It was fantastic to see so many people basking in the sunshine and enjoying the fabulous food on offer at this newly themed fixture. All those I have spoken to have said how much they loved the chef’s demonstrations and marketplace.
“The racing was of a very high standard on all three days and we were treated to several very close finishes and some emerging superstars of the future. We are now looking forward to a busy few weeks, with our Three Friday Nights fixtures kicking off with Tinie Tempah on 2 June and our brilliant Family Raceday supporting the NSPCC on 11 June.”