With five days of thrilling action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex Downs countryside, the Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the Flat racing season.

With its position as one of the largest race meetings in the world, the Qatar Goodwood Festival combines elegant fashion with some of the greatest races in the world create a festival week like no other.

The 2018 Qatar Goodwood Festival ran from Tuesday 31st July through to Saturday 4th August inclusive.

EclipseMagazine.co.uk’s photographer Rachel Groom was on hand to capture her unique view of the occasion:

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Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse, was very pleased with how the 2018 Qatar Goodwood Festival had gone.

He said after the end of racing: “We have enjoyed an excellent week, aided by the beautiful weather. The racing has been superb across all five days, with some brilliant performances from the likes of Battaash, Wild Illusion, Dark Vision and Cross Counter.

“Stradivarius winning his second Qatar Goodwood Cup was a major highlight, as was Lightning Spear, a real Goodwood favourite, landing his first Group 1 in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.

“The atmosphere across the course has been really relaxed and trouble free. Racegoers have been giving us some wonderful feedback, with the new Champagne Bar being extremely well-received.

“We have also had a large number of press and media on-site and are grateful for the excellent coverage that they have given us, with particular praise for ITV Racing, who have once again portrayed Goodwood in all its glory.”

RACHEL GROOM is Eclipse Magazine’s Photography Editor. Known for her ‘street’ photography she is also an in-house documenter of racing activities at a training yard in Epsom and loves a big day out at the races. You can see more of her work at www.rachelgroom.com

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