The Goodwood May Festival – Day One.
We have a meeting today that comes from the Sussex Downs, near the Solent, and is known as one of the most beautiful racecourse in the world –
They have brought back the May festival, a meeting that was last run a few years ago, and after holding their pre-1966 Vintage Fly-in over the Weekend, they have put away their flying machines, to hold the three Day Goodwood Festival with some horse racing.
Never a dull moment at Goodwood!
They hold many different events here, with one of the main ones being the Festival of Speed, which the ‘Most Spirited Getaway’ Award was won by a Jaguar yet again, but this was a lovely 1984 XJS this time. Nice!
They hold mountain bike trials, freestyle motocross, and massive bike jumps, along with motor shows, and aeroplane shows. Whatta place!
We still have the bigger meeting at the course to come yet – Glorious Goodwood, on 31st of July to the 4th of August. This five day meeting holds many of their top races and the Goodwood Cup celebrates it’s 200th renewal. The week holds some of the best races of the season – The Betfred Mile, Nassau Stakes, Stewards Cup and the Sussex Stakes.
But back to this May Festival, the big race on today’s card is the The Height of Fashion Stakes which is open to three-year-old fillies, over a distance of 1 mile, 1 furlong.
The name of this race has been superseded by a winner of this race, if that makes any sense! First ran in 1972, it was originally called the Lupe Stakes to remember a filly called Lupe, who won the Epsom Oaks in 1970. This name was dropped in 2007 to remember the filly, Height of Fashion, who won the Lupe Stakes in 1982.
Some of the fillies running in this race, like Coquet and Nayarra, are aimed at the Epsom Oaks, and the last horse to manage to win both was Snow Fairy, a couple of years ago. Today’s race is a trappy one with Coquet just getting the vote.
Sandown and Salisbury hold an evening meeting, with Haydock starting a three day meeting, with their Jon Wilkin Testimonial Raceday. This is followed by a card sponsored by PHS Group on Thursday, and the better races saved up for Saturday with the Betfred Silver Bowl, and the Temple Stakes races.