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Glorious countdown is underway

Seven down, 12 to go – the Goodwood horse racing programme is well and truly up and running with preparations well underway for the track to host its world-famous glorious event.


In just over a month’s time, the great and the good from the world of horse racing will head to the South Downs for the annual Qatar festival.


Over five days, tens of thousands of people will watch the best equine athletes in the world go nose to nose in one of the highlights of the flat racing season.


It all kicks off on Tuesday, July 30, with the highlight of the first day a new Group One race, the Qatar Goodwood Cup, worth £500,000.


The £1million Qatar Sussex Stakes is the feature event of Wednesday before the Magnolia Cup takes centre stage for Ladies Day.


Friday features four group races including the £300,000 King George sprint before it is all wrapped up on the Saturday, culminating in the Stewards Cup.


One horse who is set to return is Battash, who will be looking to make it three King George victories in a row.


The Charlie Hills horse came up just short at Royal Ascot this week, losing out by a length and a half to old rival Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes.


But back on the hallowed Sussex turf, the Jim Crowley mount is expected to head into the Group Two King George as a firm favourite to repeat his 56 second blitz in the five furlong sprint.


Speaking after the Ascot race, Hills said: “We just got a little bit detached from the race and he had to make his move a little early, but he ran a really good race.


“The race worked out how we envisaged it. We will go to Goodwood now for the King George.”


Before then, racegoers will get a taste of the final Three Friday Night event of the year tonight (Friday), which sees an afternoon of horse racing, followed by an evening of world-class DJs and an epic Parade Ring dance floor lit with lasers.


The final event will feature south London house-techno outfit Disciples.


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