MORE than 23,000 racegoers enjoyed three days of culinary delights and racing thrills at Goodwood Racecourse, when the Sussex track hosted its May Festival last week.
Guests enjoyed some inspiring demonstrations from Matt Gillan, Jane Devonshire, and Sarah Jayne Stanes, while chefs from Goodwood House, Farmer, Butcher, Chef, and Goodwood Academy showcased their flourishing talent.
A culinary crescendo was met when top jockeys stole the show with Jamie Spencer, Andrea Atzeni, Hollie Doyle, and Brighton based Jason Watson, swapping the saddle for saucepans. The three-minute Jockeys Omelette Challenge, judged by Goodwood Hotel Head Chef, Mark Foreman, saw Jamie Spencer and Jason Watson crowned champions.
As racegoers basked in the sun on Thursday, it was Frankie Dettori’s victory aboard Terebellum in the British European Breeders Fund Maiden Fillies’ Stakes which crowned his 200th career success at the Sussex track.
Frankie Dettori receives his 200th win award: Photo courtesy of Goodwood
The milestone comes 32 years after he rode Lizzy Hare to victory, and around 70 of those 200 triumphs have come during Glorious week down the decades.
The feature Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes went the way of Aloe Vera for Harry Bentley, having travelled beautifully throughout she went away readily at the line to beat favourite Shambolic. Winning trainer Ralph Beckett commented; “I was not expecting that. She’s from a very good family and it looks like we have something nice on our hands.”
Friday saw the highly touted Private Secretary land the feature Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes for John Gosden. Unbeaten in three starts this season he looked like a horse going places, Frankie Dettori commented; “He’s maturing all the time, and will stay further, he showed a good turn of foot to win.”
Middleham trainer, Mark Johnson, as usual had a successful few days at Goodwood, with three winners. Lake Volta put up an impressive performance in the Thames Materials Handicap, with the aim now being to come back for the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Elarqam, bounced back to form on Saturday with a win in the Betfair sponsored Listed Festival Stakes, while later in the card, Kings Advice showed a plucky performance to make all in the Betfair Exchange Handicap Stakes.
Mirage Dancer won back to back Tapster Stakes, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the five-year-old looked every bit a class act with winning jockey Pat Dobbs commenting: “It was a messy race with a slow pace, so he’s done it the hard way, having strengthened up over the winter he really does look exciting.”
Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse said; “We had a lovely atmosphere across the course for this meeting, alongside the top-quality racing, and it was great to see so many people enjoying the food demonstrations, Food Market and Mirabeau masterclasses.
“We now look forward to a busy June, with four fixtures coming up in quick succession. Our Three Friday Nights series kicks off on June 7 with MK headlining. This is then followed closely by our brilliant Family Raceday to enjoy on 10 June.”