Goodwood August Festival comes to a sun-blessed end - and even The Queen is happy

Amazing Maria was one of the group-race winners at the August Festival  Picture by Makaela Papworth
Amazing Maria was one of the group-race winners at the August Festival Picture by Makaela Papworth

The sun came out - and so did the crowds - as Goodwood’s three-day August Bank Holiday festival ended on a high.

A huge crowd flocked to the racecourse as the morning’s overcast conditions were transformed into a lovely late summer afternoon for an exciting seven-race card and a wide array of family entertainment.

The day’s feature race went to Saeed bin Suroor-trained Lockwood, who won the Group 3 Greene King Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.

Course specialist Boom And Bust made a break for home with two furlongs left but Silvestre de Sousa had something to aim for and the 4-1 chance and caught him close to the line to score by half a length.

Bin Suroor said: “He was a bit weak when he joined Godolphin. He didn’t show a lot but he looked mentally and physically improved when he won last time.

“The ground suited him him and he showed a good turn of foot. He ran a huge race.”

Eve Johnson Houghton’s What About Carlo (4-1) was ridden to victory by William Buick in the Fairground Maiden Auction Stakes.

Martin Harley helped Bee Jay Kay land odds of 10-11 in the Goodwood Revival Selling Stakes, while Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute provided The Queen with the winner of the Katie Taylor Handicap as Circus Turn (11-1) held on in a desperate finish.

Ross Birkett did the business in the Goodwood Amateur Rider Challenge Handicap aboard Automotive (12-1).

Miss Dashwood (7-1) maintained the outrageous form of the James Fanshawe stable when beating Stoute’s 9-4 favourite Astonishing in the Greene King Fillies’ Handicap.

The last race of the festival, the August Bank Holiday Stakes, resulted in a one-length victory for John Gallagher’s Alpha Delta Whisky, ridden by Michael Murphy, who’s already notched some notable Goodwood wins in his fledgling career.

Away from the track, crowds were entertained by a funfair, face-painters and musicians while having the chance to relax, eat and drink in the deck-chairs on the beach that helped along the weekend’s theme of traditional British seaside holidays.


Don’t miss the Observer on Thursday for reaction and lots of pictures from the three days of the festival.