Author: Rachel Groom


GLORIOUS GOODWOOD 2016: Horseracing was established at Goodwood by the third Duke of Richmond in 1802 and now, over two centuries later, the course is renowned as being one of the most picturesque in the world. With views of the Sussex Downs and the Solent as its backdrop, the tented pavilions and green lawns combine with the relaxed social buzz and effortless chic of its racegoers to ooze an atmosphere of quintessential English country garden: a point not missed by King Edward VII who famously described the Glorious Goodwood meeting as “a garden party with racing tacked on”. (He...

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Glorious Goodwood 2016: History of Goodwood Racecourse

History of Goodwood Racecourse: Racing was introduced to Goodwood by the third Duke of Richmond out of
 a sense of obligation to the officers of the Sussex militia, of which he was colonel. For many years, the officers had held their annual races in nearby Petworth Park, courtesy of the Earl of Egremont, but when that capricious nobleman did not renew the invitation in 1801, the Duke of Richmond came to the rescue by laying out a course on that part of the Goodwood Estate known as the Harroway. So pleased was the Duke with the popularity of that...

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Epsom Derby 2016: Breakfast with the Stars

Epsom Downs Racecourse hosted a ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ ahead of the Derby Festival 2016: with five sets of horses working on the soft ground, after the course had 12 millimetres of rain during a storm the night before. Connections of those horses, targeting the two Classics at Epsom Downs, the Investec Oaks on Friday 3rd June and the Investec Derby on Saturday 4th June, reviewed how their charges went later during the morning. There were also telephone interviews with other trainers of Classic hopefuls. Jim Bolger Jim Bolger, speaking over the phone from Ireland, said: “Both my horses...

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First ever study on gender diversity in horseracing to be launched

Women in Racing in partnership with Oxford Brookes University has announced the first ever study is to be conducted on gender diversity in horseracing. The ground-breaking research will question gender diversity across horseracing in Great Britain.  The study will start to align horseracing with other sports, particularly those funded via Sport England and in the corporate world where similar research has previously and successfully been executed. Previous research in other sectors has demonstrated the benefits generated by diversity in groups versus homogeneity in groups. The research will be undertaken in partnership with Women in Racing by a team from the...

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