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Festival is next for Goodwood

Goodwood’s May Festival has proved to be a big hit with racegoers as thousands flocked to the Sussex track for a mouthwatering three days of action.


More than 23,000 people attended the course last weekend with high-quality cards including four listed races.


Crowds were drawn to the promise of chef displays and a food market that gave them the chance to try and buy a range of local produce.


But it was the action on the track that delivered the real treats for racegoers as a mouthwatering line up of potential Group One horses delivered on the track.


Among the head-turners was the Mark Johnston trained Elarqam who romped home in the opener of Saturday’s card.


The 11/4 shot has been dubbed a Group winner in waiting after enjoying an unbeaten juvenile campaign.


But, after a poor showing last year, Dane O’Neil guided him to a commanding victory in the Listed Betfair Best Odds On ITV Races Festival Stakes over ten furlongs.


Another big winner on Saturday was Mirage Dancer, who claimed the £50,000 Bet Your Way On The Betfair Exchange Tapster Stakes.


The Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Frankel repeated his victory of a year ago to seal consecutive wins at a price of 4-6.


Thoughts now are already turning to the Goodwood Festival, which will take place across five days from July 30.


Course officials confirmed this week that there have been 35 entries for the £1 million Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes, which will take place on day two of Glorious.


2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia leads the list along with Irish 2,000 Guineas champion Phoenix Of Spain.


Three-year-old filly Hermosa is also a possible after winning both the British and Irish 1,000 Guineas. 2018 champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot and last season’s Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner Calyx are also registered.


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