12 Aug 2017 - 1:48
100,000 horse racers attend Goodwood Fest
More than 100,000 horse-racing devotees attended the prestigious 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival during the course of the five-day event, helping maintain its reputation as one of the major sporting highlights of the ‘British Summer Season’.
Despite some wet weather, a sell-out crowd of more than 25,000 race-goers watched on the last day as top jockeys and their horses competed in one of the highlights of the UK’s flat racing season.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways’ partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club has proved another winning combination for The Qatar Goodwood Festival, crowning a successful season for race-goers and horses alike.
“The UK is a very important market for us, so our association with The Qatar Goodwood Festival is always an excellent opportunity to engage with our premium customers and showcase Qatar Airways’ five-star products and services including our First Class seat, available on our A380 service between Doha and Heathrow.”
Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi, General Manager of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, said: “The success of The Qatar Goodwood Festival is always helped enormously by the partnership of Qatar Airways, which helps raise the profile of this magnificent event. We look forward to extending our partnership with Qatar Airways to ensure the airline becomes a firm fixture in the years to come.”
Adam Waterworth, the Goodwood Estate Sports Managing Director, said: “The partnership between Qatar Airways and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club makes The Qatar Goodwood Festival a firm-favourite with race-goers. And despite some inclement weather the sun came out on the last day and the meeting finished on a real high.” The world-class field included two Qatari front-runners which took part in the Qatar Sussex Stakes, where a £1m pot of prize money was on hand for the lucky winners.
World-famous jockey Frankie Dettori was riding Al Jazi, which was the winner of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes. Al Jazi is owned by Al Shaqab and trained by Francois Rohaut.
Meanwhile, Tayf was the winner of the Qatar International Stakes. Tayf is owned by Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani trained by Alban de Mieulle and ridden by jockey Olivier Peslier.
It was also a photo-finish at the Qatar Airways competition to find the best hat worn on Ladies’ Day. Leading style influencer Hermione Olivia chose an off-white hat adorned with lilies for its elegant simplicity, and its lucky owner won of a pair of return Business Class tickets from the UK to Doha, plus five-star hotel accommodation provided by the Qatar Racing.