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Goodwood prepares to ‘Feel Glorious’ once more as Season reaches Finale

With just one last chance to enjoy horseracing on the South Downs this year, Goodwood Racecourse is anticipating a celebratory feel to its autumnal ‘Harvest, Hops and Horseracing’ Season Finale fixture on Sunday 14 October.

The seven races are set to be hugely exciting with initial entries totalling 182 horses, including Qatar Goodwood Festival winners such as Feel Glorious – who defied odds of 125-1 back in August – and the locally-trained Soto Sizzler. Fans of the sport can also look forward to the NetBet.co.uk Alderbrook Handicap, a flat race for professional jump jockeys. Champion jockey Richard Johnson, dual Grand National-winning rider Leighton Aspell and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winner Paddy Brennan have all won this race in the past.

credit Sam Stephenson

credit Sam Stephenson

Recognising the achievement of the trainer who has sent the most winners to Goodwood during the season, the Dick Hern perpetual trophy will be presented during the afternoon. Last year’s winner Mark Johnston, who earlier this year broke the record for the most victories in Britain, leads the standings with 12 winners and is likely to be the recipient once again.

Season Finale will also feature craft beers and real ales to sample, including Goodwood’s own exciting new range. One of the three new beverages is the St Simon, a lager that takes its name from the 1883 Goodwood Cup winner, who reportedly continued galloping over Trundle Hill after his 20-length victory. Maltsmiths will host a dedicated sampling bar, to allow guests to try their new Pilsner style Lager and American style IPA.

Adding further autumnal festivities, a delicious hog-roast will provide a centrepiece on the East Parade Lawn, around which guests can toast marshmallows over roaring fire pits. With hay bales and hand-crafted wooden benches to sit on, guests will be able to eat, drink and listen to the merry tunes of a fiddle trio, who will perform throughout the afternoon.

credit George Gunn

credit George Gunn

Many of Goodwood’s renowned restaurants will serve a great British tradition, the roast dinner, along with other dishes using seasonal ingredients. For those looking for a base for the day, The Lookout and Sussex Roof Garden are private bars providing light-bites and beautiful scenery. The view from The Lookout encompasses the Parade Ring and out to Chichester and the Solent, while the Sussex Roof Garden enjoys panoramic vistas of the Racecourse and rolling South Downs.

For more information, to purchase tickets or make a restaurant reservation, please visit Goodwood.com or call the Ticket Office team on 01243 755055.

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