Goodwood Qatar Festival 2018



‘Glorious Goodwood’

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 combine with some of the greatest races in the world to create a festival week like no other.

The undoubted sporting and social highlight of the season, the Qatar Goodwood Festival gets underway in 2018 with the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 31 July


The Qatar Vintage Stakes on the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival Meeting near Chichester, West Sussex. Tuesday August 1, 2017. Photograph by Christopher Ison ©



The Enclosures

There are three enclosures at Goodwood Racecourse – the Richmond, Gordon and Lennox. Find out more about what you can experience in each of our enclosures below. Please note: during the Qatar Goodwood Festival the Richmond Enclosure is reserved exclusively for our Members and their guests.


Qatar Goodwood Festival 2017



Richmond Enclosure – Members Only

The prestigious Richmond Enclosure features stylish bars including the Champagne Lawn and 1812 Bar, a number of restaurants, private boxes and offers the best vantage points of the Parade Ring and Racecourse – including views directly opposite the winning post as well as covered seating within the March Grandstand. There is a Dress Code for this Enclosure.
*Richmond Enclosure patrons also have access to both the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures.


Gordon Enclosure

The premier public enclosure at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, racegoers in the Gordon Enclosure enjoy Parade Ring access, standing viewing from within the March Grandstand, covered seating within the Sussex Stand as well as views of the racing from near the winning post. There are plenty of bars and private boxes, the Sussex Bistro restaurant as well as a variety of casual dining options. There is a Dress Code for this Enclosure.
*Gordon Enclosure patrons also have access to the Lennox Enclosure.



Qatar Goodwood Festival 2017


Qatar Goodwood Festival 2017 Photograph by ©Dominic James

The undoubted sporting and social highlight of the season, the Qatar Goodwood Festival gets underway in 2018 with the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 31 July

A feast of top quality racing attracts the best equine athletes in the world. The Tuesday highlight is our newest Group 1, the Qatar Goodwood Cup worth £500,000. Stradivarius narrowly denied Big Orange his third straight win in the race in 2017.


Day 2

Feature Race – The Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1)

The £1million Qatar Sussex Stakes is one of the highlights of the flat racing season and has previously been won by the peerless Frankel, the French sensation Solow and in 2017, by the 20/1 shot Here Comes When.

The scene of many a duel…

Two further Group races provide the perfect chance to get against the rails for the best racing the sport has to offer. See thoroughbred athletes of the highest calibre strut their stuff in the parade ring before competing in their racecourse duels.


Day 3 – Laydies Day.

Feature Race – The Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1)

Ladies’ Day, the most glamorous day of the Festival, is the place to be and be seen. Our ladies’ amateur jockey race, the Magnolia Cup, presented by Swarovski, will get the day off to an impressive start, raising money for Cancer Research UK.


The prestigious Group 1 Qatar Nassau Stakes is the highlight of the eight-race card, worth £600,000. Previous winners include Ouija Board, Midday and Minding.

Expect fierce competition as the best of the best compete, against the stunning backdrop of the Sussex Downs. 


Day 4 –

Feature Race – The Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2)

The £300,000 Group 2 Qatar King George Stakes is one of the highlights of the year – taken in 2017 by the hugely progressive Battaash.

An Enthralling Day’s Racing

Friday’s seven compelling races, including four group races, bring the sport’s biggest names to Goodwood. The on track action is complemented with live music, fashion and great food & drink. Not to mention the ‘Best Dressed’ competition!


Best Dressed: Blue and White

Ladies, dig out your best blue and white frock!

Friday of Festival week sees the return of the ‘Best Dressed’ competition; a wholly blue and white affair with ladies wearing the signature blue and white colours of our sponsor L’Ormarins.

The best dressed lady is chosen by a panel of top judges and the winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa, a genuine ‘chance of a lifetime’ prize.


Day 5

Feature Race – The Qatar Stewards CupThe £250,000 Qatar Stewards Cup takes centre stage for the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Previous winners of this iconic sprint include Loch Song and Dancing Star.
A Cavalry Charge Home

The six furlong cavalry charge of the Qatar Stewards Cup is a sight to behold, with over 20 sprinters thundering down the Goodwood straight. Stand against the rails to get close to the action, or get among the crowd in the stands and enjoy unparalleled views of the track. 





31st Jul – 4th Aug 2018

Goodwood. West Sussex, UK

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