Glorious Goodwood: one of THE highlights of the British summer

Today (July 26th), Glorious Goodwood – otherwise known as the Qatar Goodwood Festival – will get underway and horse racing fans from all over the United Kingdom will travel down to Sussex for one of THE standout events of the summer. With the best jockeys, thoroughbreds, owners and trainers involved, it is set to be a truly magnificent event and could go down in history as the best Glorious Goodwood meeting of all-time.

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But in recent times, the festival has matured into much more than a horse racing event. It is now a celebration of color, music and racing; and that is perhaps why this particular meeting is incredibly popular with both traditional racegoers as well as newbies and family groups. Ultimately, it is now much more about the culture and fashion – which appeals to a wider audience than the racing community.

And Glorious Goodwood organizers have taken blueprints from Royal Ascot, Aintree’s Grand National meeting and the Cheltenham Festival to make this meeting even better. Fashion icons from all over the world are in attendance and there are competitions and awards presented to the ‘best dressed’ punters at the racecourse. With various prizes up for grabs, it is certainly a good idea to dress sharply and get dolled up for the big occasion.

But of course, the main attraction is still the exhilarating action on the track. With the best flat racing horses in the business going toe-to-toe, punters will be eagerly anticipating the opening day of the festival and plenty of money will be wagered on the five-day event. In the next few weeks, Betway Sports will be offering plenty of tips and offers on the meeting and you can keep up with the latest news and odds via their website.

If nothing else, it is well worth traveling down for at least one day. At Glorious Goodwood, you will experience a unique racing buzz in the flat racing world. And while the Derby, the 2000 Guineas and other races may attract more attention than those at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, it still remains THE pinnacle of British horse racing on the flat and you would be a fool to miss out…

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