Glorious Highlights

01st August 2023

Explore our favourite moments and the spectactular drama from this year's Qatar Goodwood Festival.

  • Qatar Goodwood Festival

  • Qatar

  • Horseracing


Day 1 

Day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival did not disappoint! We saw Quickthorn land his first Group 1 in the feature race of the day, the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup. Tom Marquand produced one of the rides of the season for trainer Hughie Morrison with a stunning six-length success.

Riding at his final Qatar Goodwood Festival ahead of retirement, Frankie Dettori delighted the crowds with his signature flying dismount following success in the Group 2 World Pool Lennox Stakes, aboard Kinross.

Sohee Park, designer of Miss Sohee and winner of this year’s Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award revealed her three exquisite gowns that pay homage to some of the incredible women of Goodwood. Three models wearing the gowns displayed the outstanding dresses around the racecourse for everyone to see.

Crowds gather at the Gusbourne Pavilion to watch the equine stars in the parade ring.
The sun shines on the Parade Ring.

Day 2

Despite a rather damp day of racing, there were some great races to be had. Al Ghadeer was in a different league to Qatar International Stakes rivals, Magical Sunset was revitalised on her favoured ground as she kicked in the turbos to bag the G3 Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes and Paddington continued his faultless season with another dominant display in the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes.

Paddington Bear came to cheer on his favourite horse...Paddington!
Paddington extends unbeaten run to seven in Qatar Sussex Stakes.
Al Ghadeer tamped his class on the G1 Qatar International Stakes as he sauntered clear of a quality field.
Another great day of racing and action on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
The rain will not stop racegoers enjoying their day!

Day 3

Ladies' Day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival saw fashion and horseracing combine! Wonderful outfits were on display as the sun shone over the Sussex Downs.

Al Husn took the feature race of the day, the Qatar Sussex Stakes for Fillies and Mares, providing jockey Jim Crowley with another Group One success. In the famous Shadwell silks, Al Husn held off all challengers including last years winner Nashwa, to score by half a length.

We also saw a Royal winner, Desert Hero, who won the John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes for His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen. Ridden by Tom Marquand, who has enjoyed a very successful Qatar Goodwood Festival having also won in the Group One, Qatar Sussex Stakes yesterday aboard Quickthorn.

A Qatar Nassau Stakes win for Al Husn under Jim Crowley.
Panama's were on trend as the sun shone on Goodwood Racecourse today!
Our younger racegoers enjoying a day at 'Glorious Goodwood'
Racegoers gathered to cheer on their favourite horses.

Day 4

Today we saw a brilliant renewal of the 2023 Markel Magnolia Cup with Annabelle Hadden-Wight lifting the trophy! Annabelle was prominent throughout the race and managed to hold off Eliza McCalmont who finished a close second.

Since its inception, the Markel Magnolia Cup has raised £2.1 million for various charities and this year, the Markel Magnolia Cup is supporting Education Above All’s (EEA) Educate A Child programme. All net proceeds will go to a project in Malawi that provides education and support for children most at risk of dropping out of primary education through a joint project between Education Above All and CAMFED.

Our warmest congratulations and a huge well done to all of the 2023 Markel Magnolia Cup riders.

Annabelle Hadden-Wight wins the 2023 Markel Magnolia Cup!
Markel Magnolia cup riders showcasing their silks designed by Alice Temperley.
Serried Ranks ridden by Rossa Ryan returned victorious to the parade ring.
The King George Qatar Stakes winner Highfield Princess ridden by Jason Hart.
Racegoers dressed in the signature blue and white colours of L’Ormarins for the chance to win a trip-of-a-lifetime to South Africa.

Day 5

Five days of high-octane action came to a close with a fantastic afternoon of racing. We now look forward to our August Bank Holiday racing fixture (Friday 25 – Sunday 27 August), which features a Friday evening of fireworks before a weekend of family fun to compliment the racing.

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