The undoubted sporting and social highlight of the season, the Qatar Goodwood Festival gets underway in 2017 with the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 1 August – a celebration of past winners and the unveiling of specially commissioned cups for the week’s feature races.
A feast of top quality racing attracts the best equine athletes in the world accompanied by the biggest names in the sport. The Tuesday highlight is the newest Group 1, the Qatar Goodwood Cup worth £500,000.
Picking a winner from the seven race card adds to the excitement of a day where sport combines with great food and drink, music, socialising and glamour to provide a fabulous experience that will live long in the memory. The first race of our five-day festival is due off at approximately 1.50pm and the final race concluding at 5.15pm.
Enjoying Your Day:
A day out at Goodwood is nothing short of magnificent, even if we do say so ourselves. From the excitement of watching the horses thundering by, to enjoying good food; dancing to the live music, to just soaking up the atmosphere, we want you to have a day to remember.
Style Guide – Dressing for the races:
A day at the races wouldn’t be complete without having a bet on the horses, but picking a winner is never easy – unless you happen to be very lucky. We’ve compiled a brief guide to help you, hopefully, have a profitable day and leave the course with that winning feeling.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival is the sporting and social highlight of the racing calendar with five thrilling days of world-class horseracing and elegant fashion. From the excitement and anticipation on day one to the cavalry charge of the world famous Stewards’ Cup on day five – this traditional English garden party at the worlds most beautiful racecourse is the summer season’s must-attend event.
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.
With its position as one of the largest race meetings in the world, the Qatar Goodwood Festival is a spectacle that has to be experienced. Elegant fashion combined with some of the greatest races in the world create a festival week like no other.
A special atmosphere:
Goodwood’s dramatic setting on the South Downs makes it a special place, with panoramic views across the rolling hills, Sussex coastline and city of Chichester. This location lends itself to an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication and one in which everyone can have a great time.
With the excitement of live racing, elegant and colourful fashions, live music at all fixtures, excellent food and drink available and a stunning backdrop, it’s nigh on impossible not to enjoy a day out at Goodwood Racecourse.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival
1st – 5th August Goodwood – West Sussex – South Downs – England