Goodwood racegoers battle gale force winds and rain on day one

Gales at Goodwood! Racegoers don rain macs and struggle with umbrellas as they battle summer downpours and strong winds on day one of the Sussex event

  • The five day Qatar Goodwood Festival kicked off today – but the stormy weather was anything but ‘glorious’ 
  • Guests arrived at the Sussex racecourse dressed in rain macs while gale force winds proved troublesome
  • Ladies seemed undettered by wet forecast, donning strappy stilettos and many opting for short hemlines

It was far from glorious at Goodwood this morning as racegoers arrived to gale force winds and summer downpours at the usually picturesque West Sussex racecourse.

Many guests had come prepared for a day of inclement weather, donning plastic rain macs and carrying umbrellas – though some of these didn’t fare too well in the gusty conditions. 

Ladies seemed undettered by the wet forecast, donning strappy sandals and stilettos, with many opting for daringly short hemlines.

Today kicks off five days of top quality horseracing at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in Chichester, which attracts some of the best equine athletes in the world.

The highlight of day one is the newest Group 1, the Qatar Goodwood Cup, which carries a prize pot of £500,000.

Many Goodwood guests had come prepared for a day of inclement weather, donning plastic rain macs and carrying umbrellas


Today’s gale force winds proved problematic for many attendees, who struggled to keep their rain protection gear in place

A pair of female revellers struggled in the poor weather conditions as the heavens opened at Goodwood Racecourse

Many risked large umbrellas despite the wind, while others used shawls and coats to protect their hair from blowing out of place


Where’d summer go? A pair of revellers battled against the wind with an umbrella – while the lady clung onto her fascinator

One chap wasn’t taking any chances with the weather, arriving in a long coat and flat cap, while female guests relied on jackets


Fur coats in July! A glamorous racegoer sported a cosy brown fur jacket to keep warm on the stormy afternoon (left) while another brought an anorak to shield her outfit from the showers (right)

Dress codes at Goodwood vary depending on the enclosure; Richmond is its most stylish and exclusive, so female guests are recommended to wear floaty dresses or an elegant top and trouser or skirt combination.

Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket accompanied by a tie, cravat or polo-neck sweater. 

Organisers also recommend avoiding stiletto heels as the uneven ground can be tricky to walk on. 

The Gordon Enclosure is slightly less formal while the Lennox Enclosure, popular among families, has no strict dress code, though many racegoers do still like to dress up. 

Ladies arrive for the festivities, braving stylish hats despite the gusty conditions. One (left) even gambled on not wearing a jacket


No rain on their parade! Goodwood racegoers looked like they were determined to have a fun day despite the unseasonably bad weather

Eager racegoers brave the rain on day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, with many sporting see-through ponchos to keep dry


A couple share an umbrella as they shelter from the downpour at the racecourse in Chichester earlier today

Stradivarius will face a fresh challenge when he and jockey Frankie Dettori bid for an unprecedented third successive win in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Success would leave him with just one more hurdle to overcome in order to claim a second Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million. 

At first glance Tuesday’s race might look broadly like a re-run of the Gold Cup at Ascot, where Stradivarius beat last year’s Derby second Dee Ex Bee.

The difference here though is that there are three-year-olds in the line-up, and while the Classic generation feature only intermittently in the race’s history, there is no question they add considerable spice to the mix owing to the massive weight allowance that they receive. 


Many revellers opted for bright summer pastel shades despite the grey skies, with one lady (left) matching her umbrella to her dress

The Earl of March and Kinrara Charles Gordon-Lennox (centre) arrive for day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse


Early racegoers looked less than impressed by the heavy rain at the West Sussex venue, taking shelter under hats and hoods

Many racegoers arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the festivities prior to the races getting underway at 1:50pm this afternoon

Sportsmail’s racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips for Tuesday’s meetings at Goodwood

 ROBIN GOODFELLOW

1.50 Soto Sizzler (nap )

2.25 Pinatubo

3.00 Suedois

3.35 Cross Counter (nb)

4.10 Cobra Eye

4.45 Dark Shot

5.15 Salayel

 GIMCRACK

1.50 Beringer

2.25 Pinatubo (nb)

3.00 Sir Dancealot (nap)

3.35 Cross Counter

4.10 Good Job Power

4.45 Count Otto

5.15 Al Messila

Newmarket – 1.50 Setting Sail (nb); 3.35 Stradivarius (nap); Northerner – 2.25 Visinari (nap); 5.15 Warning Fire (nb)

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