Qatar Goodwood Festival, Racing at Glorious Goodwood

Qatar Goodwood Festival, Racing at Glorious Goodwood

Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season, Winning Horses
Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season, Winning Horses

Goodwood Racecourse
01243 755022
Goodwood Racecourse, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PS
www.goodwood.com

www.qatartourism.gov.qa

As we approach the end of summer it’s a fantastic time to think of some of the highlights and mark our card!! for must go events for 2016. The Qatar Goodwood festival will be 26th – 30th July 2016

Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season Glorious Goodwood - Gentlemans Butler
Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season Glorious Goodwood – Gentlemans Butler

For whatever reason you go to the races: the horses, the company, the enjoyment, the style I genuinely feel Glorious Goodwood is at the top.

Glorious Goodwood - Stadium and Course
Glorious Goodwood – Stadium and Course

Now the Qatar Goodwood Festival the whole event exudes class.
Set in stunning surroundings this is England at its best and is a must for your social diary.

Glorious Goodwood - Qatari branding - welcoming ladies
Glorious Goodwood – Qatari branding – welcoming ladies

Gentlemans Butler was lucky enough to have been invited courtesy of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Qatar Goodwood Festival: Royal Invitation from His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Qatar Goodwood Festival: Royal Invitation from His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani

So on Ladies Day, July 30th 2015, along with a select group of journalists we headed down from London to the glorious Sussex countryside and the Goodwood Racecourse.

Glorious Goodwood - Gentlemans Butler, far right with colleagues in front of Qatari Colours
Glorious Goodwood – Gentlemans Butler, far right with colleagues in front of Qatari Colours
Glorious Goodwood - The Great and Good arrive
Glorious Goodwood – The Great and Good arrive

Our day was unashamedly high end with hospitality in the Qatar Box,

Glorious Goodwood - Gentlemans Butler with colleagues courtesy of Qatar Hospitality
Glorious Goodwood – Gentlemans Butler with colleagues courtesy of Qatar Hospitality
Glorious Goodwood - Qatar Luxury Hospitality
Glorious Goodwood – Qatar Luxury Hospitality

a glorious lunch, where I have to take my hat off to Goodwood for the beautiful presentation.

Qatar Goodwood Festival: Luxury Dining - Beautifully presented
Qatar Goodwood Festival: Luxury Dining – Beautifully presented

We had the pleasure of not only a supremely tasty lunch but some delightful conversation with colleagues from Tatler and Qatar Airways.

Qatar Goodwood Festival: Luxury Dining
Qatar Goodwood Festival: Luxury Dining

It’s a must to wander around the whole grounds, from the cheap seats so to speak and standing on the rail to viewing the horses walk around the paddock.
I love watching people and there are certainly characters, but did not miss my afternoon tea!

Ladies’ Day is the most glamorous day of the festival, and is truly the place to see and be seen.

Glorious Goodwood - The Band in a queue... very British
Glorious Goodwood – The Band in a queue… very British

The Group 2 Qatar Goodwood Cup is the highlight of the seven race card and now worth £300,000. The day begins with the celebrity ladies’ race, the Magnolia Cup and it is particularly unique as every aspect of the race involves brilliant, prominent and high profile ladies, these participants will take on the role of Jockeys, Silks Designers, and Team Supporters.

Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season
Qatar Goodwood Festival: English Social Season

The Magnolia Cup provides a fun and colourful start to the day, with riders sporting silks created by high profile fashion designers. Previous winners have included supermodel and last year’s Ladies’ Day ambassador Edie Campbell.

Glorious Goodwood - Winner - Qatar
Glorious Goodwood – Winner – Qatar

The day is open for anyone to attend, from friends and family who wish to dress to impress on this day of fashion, while enjoying fine food and drink in beautiful rural surroundings.

Glorious Goodwood - How much do I owe you !!
Glorious Goodwood – How much do I owe you !!

The celebratory scenes in the winner’s enclosure post-race add to the atmosphere as sporting endeavour and prestige combine to create an enchanting social occasion. 8 races with the feature race being The Qatar Goodwood Cup (Group 2).

Glorious Goodwood - Qatari VIP's
Glorious Goodwood – Qatari VIP’s

Again I cannot recommend this enough and with a healthy sponsorship deal from Qatar for Goodwood I think the future is very bright.

Glorious Goodwood - Ladies Day - Now where did I leave the Bentley
Glorious Goodwood – Ladies Day – Now where did I leave the Bentley

 

The Qatar Goodwood festival will be 26th – 30th July 2016

 

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