Buy tickets now for Glorious Goodwood’s racing week

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.

Qatar Goodwood Festival has top class racing and attracts record attendances
Photo: George Gunn

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.

Line-up for a previous Magnolia Cup
Photo: Jeannie Knight

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.

Order your tickets now for Glorious Goodwood at https://ticketing.goodwood.com

 

 

Rain eases Aintree ground

Rain overnight has led to a change in the going on Aintree’s Grand National course for the three-day meeting starting on Thursday. A new going report has been issued, saying the ground is now good to soft, and soft in places.

A total of 10mm of rain fell on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which also resulted in the Mildmay and Hurdle courses easing to good to soft.   It was said to be good to soft, soft in places on the National course.

But Aintree officials said they were ‘very happy’ with the course, which could dry out quickly and expected conditions to be good for the big meeting.

Defi Du Seuil (left) in impressive action
Photo John Simpson

One fancied runner has been ruled out of running at Aintree on Thursday. Cheltenham Festival winner Defi Du Seuil will not run after knocking a joint in a routine piece of work at trainer Philip Hobbs’ yard.

The six-year-old winner of the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham  was widely fancied to gain another prestigious victory in the Devenish Nutrition Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree on Thursday.

His trainer, Philip Hobbs said that despite this Aintree disappointment, he hoped Defi Du Seuil would recover quickly from what he described as ‘ a very minor setback’, and would would  able to run at Fairyhouse over the Easter weekend later this month in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup.

 

Goodwood and Stockholm racing bonus scheme

Goodwood Racecourse and Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, are delighted to announce a new bonus scheme to encourage horses to compete at both racecourses.

This exciting partnership will allow owners with horses competing in either country the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of running their horse at either the Qatar Goodwood Festival or The Stockholm Cup Day at Bro Park, two of Europe’s premier race meetings.

Goodwood launches new scheme with Bro Park Racecourse Stockholm

Any horse which wins a qualifying race at Bro Park on Stockholm Stora Day, Sunday 16th June, will be entitled to free travel and entry to a reciprocal race at The Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 20 to August 3.

In a reciprocal arrangement, any horse winning certain races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival will gain free travel and entry to selected races at the Stockholm Cup meeting  on September 22  2019.

Dennis Madsen, Head of Racing, Svensk Galopp, commented; ‘It’s a huge honour for Swedish horse racing to be associated with Goodwood Racecourse. However, we would not have accepted the relationship unless we thought we had something to offer towards it. It’s a great opportunity for Swedish owners to travel aboard and get a unique experience and, obviously, we believe we can give something back to British owners who want to run their horses at the valuable Stockholm Cup meeting.’

Ed Arkell, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bro Park and Svensk Galopp. This is a wonderful opportunity for Swedish owners to experience the unique charm of The Qatar Goodwood Festival and, equally, for British owners to run at Sweden’s most prestigious and valuable meeting.’

David Menuisier, trainer of last year’s Stockholm Cup winner, Thundering Blue, said: ‘This is a great initiative by Goodwood and Bro Park. We were looked after brilliantly at Bro Park last year and it is a really well run racecourse. We will certainly look to support this initiative and would encourage others to do so and experience racing in Sweden.”

Roy Arne Kvisla, top trainer at Bro Park and in Scandinavia in 2018: “This can be a great opportunity for us to broaden our views. It is normally costly to go on a long journey with the horses, but this is a golden opportunity to do so. Goodwood is a great racecourse and the track is very fair. If I have the right horse, I will be happy to go.”

 

Fontwell double for Moore family

FONTWELL Park’s latest jump meeting saw the Moore family back in good form, with trainer Gary Moore winning the opening handicap hurdle with Twenty Twenty, a lightly raced four-year-old, ridden by son Joshua Moore.

He beat the Emma Lavelle-trained favourite, Celtic Joy, sent off at 9-2, by just over a length.

A double followed when his other son, Jamie Moore, won the Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs with 9-4 joint  favourite Waikiki Waves, beating the other joint favourite New Millennium, trained by Phillip Hobbs and ridden  by Richard Johnson,  by just under three lengths.

First race winner Twenty Twenty ridden by Josh Moore Photo courtesy Fontwell Park Racecourse

Runners sent out at Fontwell or Plumpton  by trainer Linda Jewell, who is based at Sutton Valence, Kent, can always be respected.

This raceday was no exception, for she saddled up an 18-1 surprise when Ullrightharry won the Handicap Chase of the day over three miles two furlongs, ridden  by Brendan Powell. He beat 2-1 favourite Newtown Lad, trained by Michael Scudamore  by just over three lengths.

In the maiden hurdle over two miles three furlongs, trainer Phillip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson combined for Le Ligerien’s first win over obstacles. Sent off as 2-11 favourite,  Le Ligerien won by a comfortable 15 lengths and should go on to further victories.

Phillip Hobbs was another trainer in double form, for he also sent out 5-1 shot Victarion to win the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle of the day, ridden by Richard Johnson, by one-and-a-half lengths from Gary Moore’s runner, Deebaj.

Winner Victarion, provided a double for trainer by Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Trainer Linda Jewell won the opening handicap chase over three miles two furlongs with seven-year-old gelding Uallrightharry, ridden by Brendan Powell.

The winning horse has been carefully brought on with three hurdle races before he was switched to chasing, where he clearly has a good future. He was fourth on his initial outing over fences last month and should go on to more successes over larger obstacles.

Somerset trainer Jack Barber was in winning form, sending out seven-year-old French bred Shintori to victory in the two mile three furlongs handicap chase, ridden  by Nick Scholfield. He beat runner-up Truckers Tangle, trained by Alexandra Dunn, with Jamie Moore riding, by three quarters of a length.

A promising runner for the future was revealed in the National Hunt Flat Race at the end of the meeting. Only Money, a 6-1 shot trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon beat Milkwood, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Robert Dunne, by just under three lengths.

Milkwood put in a good performance, having had a wind operation recently, and should go on to reward connections in the future.

Fontwell Park’s next meeting is on Friday April 12 with an Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday when gates open at noon.

 

 

Sussex Raceday at Plumpton on April 7

This Easter, at  Plumpton races on Sunday April 7, everything is  about Sussex, and with this comes a whole host of activities, demonstrations and entertainment all from the local area.

In the marquee will be the second edition of the ‘Sussex Farmers Market’, bringing together food, drink, sport, culture, wildlife and crafts. With more than double the amount of stands attending, it is sure to be a bigger success than last year’s edition.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day from Morris Dancers and Stoolball, both of which are at the heart of Sussex and its history.

Alongside all of this will be seven great races, plus Paddock Restaurant and Hospitality boxes.

Expect plenty of close racing action at Plumpton
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Enjoy a day at the races in the heart of East Sussex in the Paddock Restaurant, where Dave Crosse will take everyone through the card and escort you down to the final fence to see  the thrilling final stages of each race up close.

Come rain or shine, you willl be in prime position to enjoy the day. An exquisite three course meal, table for the day, racecard, tipsters talk, tea/coffee and table service  makes for a great day out enjoying racing.

To reserve a table, please call  01273 890383 .

Jockey Noel Fehily to retire

Jockey Noel Fehily will retire from race riding today, Saturday, at Newbury at the age of 43.  He has had an impressive career as a jockey, during which time he rode 477 winners in the last five seasons alone, and a remarkable 976 placed horses. But health issues have influenced his decision to retire.

Born in Ireland in 1975,  the son of a Cork farmer, he didn’t have racing in his blood. He started out riding on the point-to-point circuit in Ireland and moved to the United Kingdom in 1998, when he was already in his early twenties.

He rode for Charlie Mann, for whom he won on Ivy Boy in 1998, and clocked up 13 winners in that first season. The following season he had 16 winners and turned professional in 2000.In 2005 he was appointed second jockey for Jonjo O’Neill whilst also riding several horses for Charlie Mann.

It was another three years before his really made his mark, winning his first Group/Grade One race riding the Charlie Mann-trained ‘Air Force One’ to victory in the Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown in 2008.

Winning jockey Noel Fehily, pictured here at Plumpton,  to retire         Photo: Jeannie Knight

Noel Fehily ended an impressive 2008/09 season with 89 winners in Great Britain, finishing fourth in the race for the Champion Jockey title, whilst amassing overall prize money of just over £900,000. The ensuing 2010-11 season was a poor one for him through injuries ranging from several shoulder problems, a broken leg and wrist problems.

He became first jockey to Emma Lavelle in 2012 and achieved a 21 per cent winning strike rate aboard her horses. He also rode several horses for Paul Nicholls, mainly when Ruby Walsh was forced to miss action, with a high level of success.

But he recovered to ride more than 100 winners in a single campaign in Great Britain. His total of 127 winners in Great Britain with a strike rate of 21 per cent was without doubt his most successful campaign, as he also accumulated total prize money of over £1 million for the first time.

Noel Fehily won more than £1.5million in total prizes the following season, despite only having 85 winners. He has achieved more than that amount again this season and is currently in fourth place in the Champion Jockey title race with 118 winners, whilst he has also ridden more than 100 second places.

His most recent winner in a Group One race was on the Nicky Henderson trained Buveur D’air in a top novices hurdle at the Aintree Grand National festival at the start of April. Altogether he has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain during almost 20 years.

Off the track, Fehily married his wife Natasha in County Cork in 2007 and they have since had a daughter, Niamh, who was born in 2012. Health issues have affected him this season, including appendix surgery in January which has had its complications.

Despite returning to win at the Cheltenham Festival this year aboard Eglantine Du Seuil, the 43-year-old has decided to retire at the top on Saturday, when he hopes to add to his tally of winners at Newbury.

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.

 

 

 

Spring Jumps Raceday at Plumpton tomorrow

Sky Sports Racing Spring Jumps Raceday takes place tomorrow, Monday March 18 at Plumpton racecourse.

Blow away those Cheltenham blues by joining everyone at Plumpton for this brand new raceday for 2019.

Expect plenty of close racing action at Plumpton
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Take advantage of this bonus fixture and enjoy a competitive six race card, featuring the Class 3 Sky Sports Racing Handicap Chase.

Spend a day at the races in the heart of East Sussex in the Paddock Restaurant, where Dave Crosse will take everyone through the card and escort you down to the final fence where you will experience the thrilling final stages up close.

Come rain or shine, you will be in prime position to enjoy the day  if you take up this offerm which consists of a three course meal, table for the day, racecard, tipsters talk, tea/coffee and table service – there isn’t a better way to enjoy your day.

You can ring  01273 890383 to discuss the options and make a booking for what should be a highly competitive raceday.

Good crowd at Plumpton’s Anglo Irish Raceday

The Anglo Irish Raceday at Plumpton on Monday this week was a good preliminary to the Cheltenham Festival, with some competitive races on the card. In addition a Cheltenham Preview panel was a big attraction, with some top racing personalities taking part.

These included local jockey Joshua Moore, Cheltenham winning trainer Jamie Snowden,  Colin Brown, who was former jockey of Desert Orchid, as well as Sky Sports Racing commentator Tony Ennis, along with PR director for Coral, Simon Clare.

One of the highlights of the day was when Bryony Frost rode her 100th racing career winner, partnering Myplaceatmidnight for trainer Neil King in the Starsports.bet National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Race. She led from the start and after the last was five lengths clear and held on under competition to win by three and a half lengths.

Winning jockey Bryony Frost with My Place At Midnight
Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

Trainer Seamus Mullins does well at Plumpton and saddled up Micquus to win the Novies Handicap Chase  overtaking the long-time leader Champion Chase at the last and going on to win by a comfortable three and a half lengths.

Marc Goldstein, who has ridden many winners of his racing career at Plumpton, won the Handicap Hurdle of the day riding Steel Bob for trainer George Baker. This horse was sent off at 16-1 and put in a great performance, going on to win by three quarters of a length from Ballymagroaty Boy.

Steel Bob and Marc Goldstein on the way to victory on the right. Photo: Plumpton Racecourse

A local winner came when Lewes trainer Suzy Smith sent out Rosy World at 7-1 to win the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles.
This was a notable victory since Rosy World is the offspring of Material World- a grand racing mare trained by Suzy and bred by her late father Robin, to gain some good victories on local tracks.
This offspring put in a sound performance under rider Ben Godfrey to win by a comfortable five lengths from 66-1 outsider  Tsundoku, trained by Alexandra Dunn in second place, while the 3-1 favourite, Ruby Yeats, trained by Gary Moore, could finish only third.
Bath trainer Grant Cann teamed up with jockey Joshua Moore to win the Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong with French bred gelding Cadeau Du Bresil, beating 12-1 shot Dan’s Wee Man, trained in Gloucestershire by Jennifer Mason, into second place.

King Muro, blue and red stripes

The final race of the day- a handicap hurdle over two miles – saw King Muro win at 8-1 for trainer Michael Roberts under a good ride from Jeremiah McGrath. The winner beat 3-1 favourite Bolister, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by son Joshua by two and a half lengths.
The next meeting at Plumpton is on Monday March 18. Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.20pm and the last at 4.55pm.

Goodwood’s new bonus scheme with Stockholm

Goodwood Racecourse and Bro Park Racecourse, Stockholm, are delighted to announce a new bonus scheme to encourage horses to compete at both racecourses.

This exciting partnership will allow owners with horses competing in either country the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of running their horse at either the Qatar Goodwood Festival or The Stockholm Cup Day at Bro Park, two of Europe’s premier race meetings.

Any horse which wins a qualifying race at Bro Park on Stockholm Stora Day, Sunday June16 will be entitled to free travel and entry to a reciprocal race at The Qatar Goodwood Festival July 30 to  August 3.

In a reciprocal arrangement, any horse winning certain races during the Qatar Goodwood Festival will gain free travel and entry to selected races at the Stockholm Cup meeting,  September  22 2019.

Glorious Goodwood

Dennis Madsen, Head of Racing, Svensk Galopp, commented; ‘It’s a huge honour for Swedish horse racing to be associated with Goodwood Racecourse. However, we would not have accepted the relationship unless we thought we had something to offer towards it. It’s a great opportunity for Swedish owners to travel aboard and get a unique experience and, obviously, we believe we can give something back to British owners who want to run their horses at the valuable Stockholm Cup meeting.’

Ed Arkell, Goodwood Clerk of the Course said; ‘We’re delighted to be working with Bro Park and Svensk Galopp. This is a wonderful opportunity for Swedish owners to experience the unique charm of The Qatar Goodwood Festival and, equally, for British owners to run at Sweden’s most prestigious and valuable meeting.’

David Menuisier, trainer of last years’ Stockholm Cup winner, Thundering Blue, said; ‘This is a great initiative by Goodwood and Bro Park. We were looked after brilliantly at Bro Park last year and it’s a really well run racecourse. We will certainly look to support this initiative and would encourage others to do so and experience racing in Sweden.’

Pulborough trainer David Menuisier

Roy Arne Kvisla, top trainer at Bro Park and in Scandinavia in 2018 said: ‘This can be a great opportunity for us to broaden our views. It is normally costly to go on a long journey with the horses, but this is a golden opportunity to do so. Goodwood is a great racecourse and the track is very fair. If I have the right horse, I will be happy to go.’