Goodwood: We’re ready to deliver top-class racing and family fun

Adam Waterworth is relishing Goodwood's three-day bank holiday festival  Picture by Louise Adams C120921
Adam Waterworth is relishing Goodwood's three-day bank holiday festival Picture by Louise Adams C120921
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It’s only three weeks since we were in the middle of Glorious Goodwood, but now it’s time for our next festival - and it’s another big one, writes racecourse MD Adam Waterworth.

The track is looking in great condition considering it’s not that long since it had 500 horses pounding it over the course of five days. We had nine or ten millimetres of rain the other day and I think the ground needed it - you can’t beat a bit of natural watering every now and then.

The line-up for the festival, which runs from Friday (August 23) to Sunday, looks superb. We have a good mix of races and entries across all three days are looking very promising.

Saturday’s Betfair Celebration Mile - a £100,000 Group 2 contest which is the racecourse’s biggest race outside of Glorious - will be the racing highlight but it’s just one of several top-quality races, which also include the Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes, which is Group 3, and the Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap, which, like the Celebration Mile, is worth £100,000.

They’re both on Saturday, then on Sunday we stage the Group 3 Greene King Supreme Stakes.

We bill this as a family weekend. There’s plenty to do, particularly for children, whether you’re coming just for one day’s racing or all three.

As with Glorious, we expect many people to come to the whole festival, but we also know there are plenty of people who love this part of the world and may come to the area for a few days and to Goodwood for just one.

In the Lennox Enclosure throughout the weekend, we have loads of fairground rides, a maze, storytellers, face-painters, school games like three-legged races and much more.

Then on the east parade ring lawn, we have a beach hut and our colourful beach huts, extending the theme of recreating a traditional British seaside family holiday.

It all worked so well last year and we are keen to see how we can build on that in our second year.

Ticket prices are competitive - for each of the three days it’s £10 in the Lennox, while on Friday it’s £18 in the Gordon and £26 in the Richmond, and Saturday and Sunday is £23 in the Gordon and £32 in the Richmond.

There’ll be tickets available on the day although the Gordon could sell out on Saturday, so book in advance to make sure.