It was a wonderful day of champagne and horse racing at Qatar Goodwood Festival on Thursday 3rd August this year. My fellow bloggers, journalists and I descended upon glorious Goodwood on Ladies’ Day at the kind invitation of Visit Qatar.
Champagne and Racing
The hospitality was nothing short of what I’ve come to expect from Visit Qatar – WARM, GENEROUS AND SPECTACULAR. Perfectly colour matched lilies coordinated with the decor of the QREC box . Fresh flowers, a festive atmosphere and wonderful food flowed in abundance. Impeccable service was a joy. We enjoyed canapes, lunch and afternoon tea.
Binny’s Kitchen and I were all smiles in the QREC Box
As it was Ladies’ Day I cannot ignore this great tradition which dates back to the 1800s. Racing has always been and will continue to be associated with the Royal family. As such, the Royal Procession sets the tone for the attire. Hats for men and women are a key element. It’s worth noting that Ladies’ Day dressing is not about falling victim to the latest trends. It is a racing tradition.
I stuck to classic vintage style. Most women also chose to do the same adding to the incredible spectacle of Ladies’ Day at Goodwood. My hat was by the wonderful British milliner Lady Sharma. I changed my outfit it at the last minute but thankfully it still came together and I felt relaxed and comfortable all through the day.
The Sport of Kings (and Queens)
Goodwood has a history of horse racing which dates back over two centuries. The 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced horse racing to Goodwood in 1801. Other than during WWII, when racing was suspended, Goodwood’s popularity as a racing venue grew rapidly. Goodwood remains one of the most beautiful locations set against the backdrop of Sussex Downs. There still exists a vintage feel about the racecourse.
The Most Beautiful Racecourse in the World
It was wonderful to watch the fixtures at Goodwood. As each race unfolded the atmosphere became electric. Bets were won and lost in good cheer. The incredible view of the finish line from the box was just magnificent.
The whole day was fun, lively and energetic and it felt as though it ended too quickly. The drive through the beautiful countryside as we headed back to London was a perfect ending to a glorious day. I can hardly wait for next year.