One of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar and the summer season, The Qatar Goodwood Festival, or Glorious Goodwood, is an exceptional meeting of horse racing talent and a wonderful five days of events and hospitality. With the current restrictions, racing will primarily be behind closed doors, and Goodwood are encouraging punters to celebrate #GloriousAtHome! Join The Wine Tipster in getting ready for this unforgettable racing event with his range of tips and insider information.
For most of the festival’s punters, watching and celebrating from home will be the order of the day, and luckily The Wine Tipster has a range of ways to enjoy from the comfort of your home. The races will be covered on ITV and Racing TV and The Wine Tipster will be active across his Social Media and Unibet Racing Blog to engage with audiences about the festival.
The Glorious Five are the ones to watch this year. Stradivarius will be racing in Tuesday’s Qatar Goodwood Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) 2m 3y+ £500,000, Kameko and Siskin in Wednesday’s Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (BCS) 1m 3y+ £1,000,000, Deirdre in Thursday’s Qatar Nassau Stakes (Group 1) 1m 1f 197y 3y+ f&m £600,000, and Battaash in Friday’s King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) 5f 3y+ £300,000.
As a drinks specialist, The Wine Tipster is particularly excited about the Glorious Goodwood Hampers on sale to make celebrating the races even easier and more luxurious. Choose one of three hampers to be delivered for a day of the festival – the last day to order being Saturday 25th July to arrive in time for the fifth day of the races. Each wicker hamper, tied with a Goodwood ribbon, is filled with five-courses of delicious local and artisan foods from award-winning British producers, as well as the option to choose a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine or Mirabeau Rosé. See below for a list of menus to choose from.
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is a French Champagne house based in Reims, specialising in premium products. It was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and is one of the largest champagne houses in the world. Veuve Clicquot is famous around the world for their Brut Yellow Label and for Champagne’s greatest dame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin, who took over the running of the house after the death of her husband in 1805, becoming one of Champagne’s great entrepreneurs and innovators.
At Mirabeau, their focus is on making delectable, dry pink wines that are a perfect partner to a vast assortment of foods and are diverse enough to be served at any occasion. Provence is the most magical and exciting place in the world to make rosé. This pale pink wine has been made there since 600 B.C., so it’s no surprise that this area is famous for making the best in the world. Their award winning rosé wines have been crafted from some of the finest sun-drenched vineyards in the region.
Gusbourne Estate in Appledore in Kent dates back to 1410, and is a leading producer in England of Sparkling wines. In 2004, Andrew Weeber took over the estate and planted the first vines that year and they have since built a tremendous reputation for producing top class sparkling wines from their vineyards in Kent and West Sussex planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Their fabulous Gusbourne Brut Reserve is this hamper showcases why they have a top reputation for high quality wines.
Although we will all be celebrating at home, there is still the chance to be in with a chance of winning the Best Dressed title with L’Ormarins. To enter, all you need to do is to upload a picture or video to your Instagram page of you wearing the signature blue and white L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival colours. Make sure you use the hashtags #GloriousAtHome and #lqp and tag @Goodwood_Races and @lqpct in the post. There are some great prizes to be won, so why not get involved! T&C here.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival has been chosen as one of the pilot events to welcome crowds back to elite sporting venues in England. The pilot is part of the Government’s fifth stage in the Return to Elite Competition protocol. On the 1st August, an event for 5,000 people, plus participants, has been designed for the safety of all participants and racegoers. Attendance will initially be offered to Goodwood Racecourse Annual Members and their guests. The day will be carefully planned in conjunction with the local government and other relevant bodies to ensure that the event carries minimal risk to attendees and the local community.
This is an exciting step for British Horseracing, and The Wine Tipster is awaiting the safe return of the sport whilst continuing to celebrate from home until it is safe to resume normal proceedings.
The Wine Tipster wishes you a safe and enjoyable Glorious Goodwood, full of good food, wine and wins! Cheers!
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