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Glorious Goodwood in late July / early August is the summer racing festival and social highlight of the high Summer Flat horse racing season.
Goodwood Racecourse is the place to be when the shines on this, arguably the world’s most beautiful racecourse for this iconic 5-day horse racing festival.
Over 100,000 people attend Glorious Goodwood, the showpiece five-day racing festival with a relaxed yet incredibly stylish atmosphere.
Glorious Goodwood is a uniquely English event, with a holiday atmosphere, where Champagne and strawberries are consumed in quantity.
This great racing event has none of the formality of Royal Ascot, whilst displaying all of the glamour.
Attracting the very best international horses and jockeys, including Frankel before this retirement, Glorious Goodwood is a magnet racegoers from far and wide who come to experience the festival’s unique racing and social atmosphere.
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The Irish Derby Weekend
The Dubai Duty Free Derby Weekend in June is the highlight of the Irish flat racing season. Taking place at the Curragh Racecourse, near Dublin, The Irish Dreby Festival is three days of top quality racing showcasing the best that Ireland has to offer.
First run in 1866, The Irish Derby is the most important Group 1 Classic the Irish flat racing season. Open to 3-year-old colts and fillies, the Irish Derby is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs. Many English, Irish, and French 2,000 Guineas and Derby contenders traditionally come to the Curragh for the Irish Derby.
Dual Epsom & Irish Derby Winners
The first horse to complete the Epsom Derby – Irish Derby double was Orby in 1907. He was also the ﬁrst Irish-trained winner of the Epsom Derby. After prize money was increased in 1962 (run as the Irish Sweeps Derby), the race began to attract stronger ﬁelds and in 1964 Santa Claus became the second dual Epsom / Irish Derby winner. 18 horses have completed the double up to 2016.
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