Glorious Goodwood 2019 - Qatar Goodwood Festival
days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex
countryside, The Qatar Goodwood Festival –Glorious Goodwood to you and me – is
one of the highlights of the flat-racing season.
This is one of my favourite meetings of the year with five days of racing, seven races each day, thirty-five in total. There is always a lovely atmosphere at what is without doubt one of the most beautiful tracks in the country with fantastic views across the Sussex Downs. There are few places in the world I would rather be in the middle of the British summertime than looking out across the Downs as top class thoroughbred horses go racing by. I showed a profit last year, +7.78 to level stakes.
Charlie Hills is aiming Battaash at a record-breaking third victory in the Group Two King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood his charge having won the race in both 2017 and 2018. Hills said: “Battaash came out of Ascot really well, and the plan with him now is to go back to Goodwood to try and win the King George Stakes. He likes it at Goodwood. He has been down there twice and won twice, so hopefully the same will happen this time. “I thought he ran really well at Ascot. We were not as far forward as wanted to be, and he was slightly dragged out of the race. The two raced alone, then he had to make his move sooner than we wanted, and he just got outstayed by Blue Point again – and on that track the rain didn’t help him.”
Hills is also reportedly leaning towards giving Irish 2000 Guineas winner Phoenix Of Spain the chance to get his career back on track in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood ““I need to speak to the owners, but the plan in my mind is to stay at a mile and look towards the Sussex Stakes.”