Glorious Goodwood is less than a month away – and we’re giving readers of the Chichester Observer series the chance to be there for free.
The world-renowned five-day festival, which features many of the world’s best horses racing at the world’s most beautiful racecourse, kicks off on Tuesday, July 30.
It begins a week of flat racing action that will have the eyes of the world on the South Downs.
More than 100,000 people will flock through the gates during the showpiece festival to enjoy the chic, relaxed and incredibly stylish atmosphere.
Widely acknowledged as the ‘sporting and social highlight of the summer’, Glorious Goodwood is a quintessentially English event, where Champagne and strawberries are in abundance.
Glorious Goodwood has always attracted the very best from the international world of horse racing – the likes of Frankel have graced the Downs in recent years to the delight of race-goers who come from far and wide.
Numerous Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 races will be the highlights and, as ever, it looks like a dazzling array of runners will do battle day after day.
Glorious 2013 will get under way on the Tuesday with the opening ceremony, where bosses will celebrate the festival’s past winners and reveal their specially-commissioned cups for the week’s feature races. The Bet365 Lennox Stakes takes the limelight on the track on day one.
Wednesday brings the week’s first Group 1 race – the £300,000 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, part of the British Champions Series – in which Dawn Approach and Toronado, almost impossible to choose between at Royal Ascot, are set to play out the third part of their epic duel.
Thursday is Ladies’ Day and that means the third running of the Magnolia Cup, the charity race for well-known female faces from circles such as fashion and sport.
The Artmeis Goodwood Cup is the other highlight of day three.
Friday sees the Group 2 King George Stakes and the Betfred Mile and there’s no let-up to the top-quality action on the final day, Saturday, when the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes – another British Champions Series race – and the Stewards’ Cup will thrill one of the biggest crowds of the week.
Prize money is up this year, and so are advance ticket sales as racing fans show a keenness not to miss out.
We at the Observer have teamed up with the racecourse to offer lucky readers prizes of pairs of Richmond Enclosure badges: there’s one pair for each day.
See this week’s (July 4 edition) sports pages for details on how to enter by post or email.
We’ll have all the news and views before, during and after the festival in the Observer - on this website.
To book Glorious Goodwood tickets, call 01243 755055 or visit www.goodwood.com