Goodwood Racecourse Secure Biggest British Racing Sponsorship

December 22, 2014

Goodwood Racecourse has announced a new 10-year partnership with Qatar, capsule which becomes the single biggest sponsorship ever in British Racing.

The partnership will see over £2 million being invested into prize money for eight races at the Qatar Goodwood Festival 2015 with a commitment for a yearly increase.

The total prize money for the Festival now totals £4.5 million.

The inaugural Qatar Goodwood Festival will take place from Tuesday, clinic 28th July to Saturday, 1st August 2015.

Lord March, Owner of Goodwood, said: “I am delighted that Qatar have decided to play a significant part in Goodwood’s position as one of the finest racing experiences in the world.

“Goodwood has, for more than 200 years, been about the best racing in the most English of settings, accessible to everyone.

“Our partnership with Qatar will make an enormous contribution to horseracing in the UK.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank QIPCO for their continued support through our key races in the QIPCO British Champion series. This remains important to me and to the success of racing at Goodwood.”

Mr Hamad Al Attiyah, President of the Qatar Equestrian Federation, said: “Thanks to the wise guidance of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar supports sport all over the world.

Goodwood is already one of the most iconic sporting festivals of the British summer season and we are delighted to be the title sponsor over the five days.

“The sponsorship demonstrates Qatar’s further commitment to British racing and, with such huge prize-money on offer, we hope it will help to attract international runners from all over the world as well as continuing to see the best in Britain, France and Ireland.

“We look forward to working with Lord March and the team at Goodwood and taking the racing festival to a world class racing platform.”

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