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’.
The opening day of the new season, not to be missed, is on Saturday May 4, while the highlight of 2019 at Goodwood is the Qtar Goodwood Festival from July 30 until August 3.
With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, The Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the flat-racing season.
Elegant fashion combines with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.
On Ladies Day, Thursday, the Magnolia Cup is a major attraction, with amateur women riders from the world of celebrities competing against each other to win this annual event, which raises significant sums for charity.
Last year, eleven inspirational ladies burst through the stalls and raced across the course in a flash of colourful, bespoke silks.
None were professional jockeys, some of them had never even sat on a horse in their lives prior to a few months previously – but their resilience and determination shone through in support of Cancer Research UK.
This renowned charity event traditionally sees riders who are the leading women of business, sport, fashion, medicine and media take part in the opening race of Ladies’ Day, at one of the most exciting and glamorous horseracing events in the world.
Last year, the race was won by Katie Forrest, who lives in Chiddingfold in Surrey riding Hurricane Henry, trained near Chiddingfold by George Baker.
Her win in the race. which has raised more than £1.2m for charity since its inception eight years ago, was most appropriate, for her father, Tim, had been suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment. He and his wife Susie were at Goodwood to witness their daughter’s triumph.
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