Whilst London has a number of racecourses close to the capital, there is a number of racecourses within easy reach for those who would like a day out in some of the attractive countryside surrounding London. One of the most attractive and picturesque racecourses is Goodwood which is located five miles from Chichester in West Sussex. If the prestigious five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival is the season’s highlight at the course, it is well worth a visit at anytime of the year to experience its unique setting and competitive racing.
On the first flat meeting of the 2016 flat season at the course, we joined a large crowd that had assembled for a very competitive card and the opportunity to enjoy some of the attractions of the course.
The Richmond Enclosure is the main stand and available to everyone except during the Festival Meeting. Next to the Richmond enclosure is The Gordon Enclosure which gives access to the Parade Ring, and Winners’ Enclosure. The Lennox Enclosure offers a less expensive enclosure with trackside viewing on the home straight. There are plenty of food and drink options within all the enclosures.
From the very attractive parade ring, people made their selections for the first race which was won by the favourite, Rayvin Black which was ridden by Edward Greatrex for trainer Oliver Sherwood. The second race won by Carnachy which was ridden by Sean Levey for Newmarket trainer, David Simcock showed the unique nature of the course that meanders from the bottom of the hill to finishing post.
One of the highlights of the race day was Russian Realm, a winner for the former Champion jockey turned trainer Richard Hughes who was delighted with the victory.
One of the main attractions away from the racing was an Artisan Food Festival that featured award winning marmalade, some punters took this has a bit of an omen when choosing Marmalady in the fourth race which romped home first at the very attractive odds of 16/1.
Goodwood racecourse is without doubt one of the most attractive racecourses in the world and offers plenty of interest for those who are looking a day’s racing that is slightly different.
Chichester is an attractive destination from London and takes around an hour and half on the regular train service, from the station a free coach (except at the festival) will take you to the course or plenty of taxis are available. The Glorious Goodwood Festival is one of the racing events of the year that attracts top class horses and plenty of fashion and celebrity interest.
Visiting London Rating – Highly Recommended
For more information or book tickets, visit the Goodwood racecourse website here
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