With less than two weeks to go before Glorious Goodwood, racing fans are advised to get off their marks and purchase tickets before it is too late!
More than 100,000 racegoers enjoyed last year's highlight of the summer racing scene and 2008 is set to be even more popular
Sales for all five days of the Festival Meeting are extremely healthy, so much so that the Gordon Enclosure for Saturday, August 2, has sold out and it won't be long before the same happens on the Thursday and Friday.
Rod Fabricius, Managing Director at Goodwood, is very upbeat about this year's Festival.
He said: "Ladies Day (Thursday, July 31) and Saturday, which is Blue Square Stewards' Cup Day, have always been very popular but we are very encouraged by increased numbers on the Friday and Tuesday.
"Advanced sales in all enclosures are showing an increase on last year, and despite the gloomy predictions in the media about the credit crunch we are happy with the knowledge that people really enjoy and look forward to coming racing at Goodwood and we will continue to work very hard to ensure that they have a fantastic time when they get here!"
Fabricius continued: "We have a lot of activity planned across all five days; the likelihood of both quality and competitive racing is very pleasing so we are sure that racing aficionados won't be disappointed.
"For those who are possibly less familiar with racing we have lots of entertainment planned throughout the week. Tipping forums will be held in the Lennox and Gordon Enclosures before racing and on the Friday racegoers will have the opportunity to get that bit closer to jockeys in the new signing tent in the Gordon Enclosure.
"Wednesday is set to be a very big day, the BGC Sussex Stakes is one of the biggest races of the racing calendar and it is also the day when we acknowledge Sir Peter O'Sullevan's 90th birthday and on Thursday Allegretto will try and mimic Goodwood legend Double Trigger and win the Goodwood Cup in successive years."
To purchase tickets, which start at just £14, there is a freephone line 0800 018 8191 or visit the website www.goodwood.co.uk
There are also a small number of restaurant places available, starting at £159 per person including VAT and these can be booked by calling 01243 755027.
Glorious Goodwood runs from Tuesday, July 29, to Saturday, August 2, 2008.
MARCHAND ON TOP OF CARTIER SPRINT STANDINGS AFTER JULY CUP
The current standings for the 2008 Cartier Awards have seen changes following top-class racing on both sides of the Irish Sea over the last couple of weeks.
The Cartier Racing Awards, now in their 18th year, celebrates the champions of the Turf, along with one person. European horseracing’s most prestigious accolades will be presented during a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday, November 17.
The coveted eight horse awards, horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars, are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph, a system which accurately rewards supreme excellence.
The international aspect of modern Flat racing was further emphasised by the success of Marchand D’Or (48 points) in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket’s July Course on July 11. Trained in France by Freddie Head, who won the race as a jockey, Marchand D’Or delivered a late challenge to land Europe’s richest sprint race and propel himself to the top of the Cartier Sprinter category. Equiano (40), who was trained in Spain by Maurizio Delcher Sanchez, is close behind in the race for this category following his win in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Since that triumph, the three-year-old sprinter has joined Lambourn handler Barry Hills. The James Eustace-trained War Artist (32), a top-class performer in South Africa, earned more points for his third-place finish to Marchand D’Or to join Golden Jubilee Stakes hero Kingsgate Native (32), who remains unchanged following his fifth place at Newmarket. King’s Stand Stakes third Fleeting Spirit (24) also features in the listings.
Henrythenavigator (104) continues to lead the way in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category followings three consecutive Group One wins, most recently the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He was also successful in two Classics, the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas. The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Kingmambo is chased in the category by compatriot New Approach (84), who scored a dramatic victory in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom on June 7. Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Frozen Fire (56), stablemate to Henrythenavigator, has entered the picture following his surprise victory at the Curragh on June 29 ahead of the unlucky in-running Sir Michael Stoute-trained Tartan Bearer (52), who was promoted to third from fourth. Meanwhile the Dermot Weld-trained Casual Conquest (48) has earned points for his third-place and runner-up efforts at Epsom and in the Irish equivalent respectively.
The O’Brien-trained Duke Of Marmalade (104) continues to set the standard in the race for the Cartier Older Horse Award with three Group One victories in 2008 - the Prix Ganay, the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. In the latter contest, he was four lengths too strong for Phoenix Tower (64), who was subsequently the short-head second in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 5, while the aforementioned Marchand D’Or (48) also appears in this category alongside Yeats (48) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Youmzain (48) and runner-up Soldier Of Fortune (48). The last-named duo previously filled the same two places in the Juddmonte Coronation Cup, with Soldier Of Fortune coming out on top on that occasion.
The master of Ballydoyle is also responsible for the current leader of the Cartier Stayer division, Yeats (48). The Cartier champion in this category for the last two years, Yeats followed in the footsteps of the remarkable Sagaro when becoming the second horse to win three renewals of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. He tops the list ahead of the runner-up and the third home, Geordieland (40) and Coastal Path (36) respectively.
In the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division, unbeaten French 1,000 Guineas and French Oaks heroine Zarkava (72) continues to set the pace ahead of compatriot Natagora (60), whose 1,000 Guineas victory was followed by a brave third-place finish against the colts in the French Derby. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Moonstone (49) has entered the frame following her Darley Irish Oaks success at the Curragh on July 13. Meanwhile, Juddmonte Oaks winner Look Here (48) and Infallible (46), who makes her first appearance in the points following her UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes second, are also in contention.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, said: “The Darley July Cup looks once again to have produced a top sprinter in the shape of Marchand D’Or and he is a deserving leader of his category at the moment.
“Aidan O’Brien still has a strong hold on a number of the Cartier Awards with Henrythenavigator, Duke Of Marmalade and Yeats remaining unchallenged at the top of their respective divisions and Irish Oaks winner Moonstone entering the Three-Year-Old Filly category.
“Again we’re looking forward to some more wonderful racing over the coming month, particularly the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth at Ascot and of course Glorious Goodwood.”
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
NEW APPROACH 84
FROZEN FIRE 56
TARTAN BEARER 52
CASUAL CONQUEST 48