Goodwood looks forward to a new racing season

Horseracing has been a part of Goodwood since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport for the amusement of local army officers.

Fast forward 200 years and Goodwood’s racing season now consists of 19 unique racedays, including the flagship event, the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.

Qatar Goodwood Festival Photo: George Gunn

This year, 19 days of racing take place at the world’s most beautiful racecourse between May and October including one of the undoubted highlights of the season, the Qatar Goodwood Festival – widely known as Glorious Goodwood.

The festival takes place from July 30 ending on August 3 this year. It consists of five days of thrilling horse racing action set in an unmatchable downland setting.

Elegant fashion combines with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.

Goodwood has played host to the Sport of Kings for more than 200 years., having been launched as a flat horseracing course for local officers by the third Duke of Richmond in 1802.

Framed by views of the Sussex Downs to the north with the Chichester Plains and the Isle of Wight to the south, Goodwood Racecourse has a reputation as being one of the most beautiful in the world. The finishing straight is lined by the bright white pavilions of the grandstand, where everyone gathers to cheer the horses home.

Racing at Goodwood for 2019 opens on Saturday May 4.

Goodwood also has two racing groups within Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ Groups, known as Grog. The two Grog horses are trained by William Knight and Ralph Beckett.

William Knight has confirmed that Goodwood Sonnet is in fine fettle and enjoying his exercise on the long sand gallop.  He has recently had his winter flu and equine herpes vaccinations without any recourse and is now ready to step up to faster work.

Goodwood Sonnet enjoying a washdown after racing Photo courtesy Chichester Observer

His first piece of work will be on Friday, March 29 and he will then work weekly leading up to his intended debut at Goodwood on May 4.

Ralph Beckett has confirmed that Goodwood Rebel is in good health and doing plenty of upsides work on the short canter.   He is very happy with the colt at this stage and continues to think of him as an early type.   Goodwood Rebel will have his ‘flu & EH vaccines next week.




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