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Fantastic finale for 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Hamad bin Abdurahman al-Attiyah (second from left), president of Qatar and Asian equestrian federations and QREC vice-chairman, presented the trophies for Qatar Lilie Langtry Stakes (Group 2) after Enbihaar won the race at the Qatar Goodwood Festival yesterday. PICTURES: Juhaim & Zuzanna Lupa

By Our Correspondent Goodwood/United Kingdom

Curtains fell on the 2019 edition of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored Qatar Goodwood Festival yesterday at the world's most beautiful racecourse, which has been home for racing for over 200 years. The finale of the five-day Festival had a seven-race card, including six races sponsored by Qatar, with dozens of thousands of spectators at Goodwood. QREC officials were present and crowned the winners of the races. Hamad bin Abdulrahman al-Attiyah President of the Qatar and the Asian equestrian federations and QREC vice-chairman, QREC chief executive officer Nasser bin Sherida al-Kaabi, QREC Board member Abdulla bin Mohamed al-Kuwari and QREC Racing manager Abdulla bin Rashid al-Kubaisi presented the trophies to the winners of the QREC-sponsored races. Enbihaar excelled with a runaway five-length win in the Au312,000 Qatar Lilie Langtry Stakes (Group 2), handing trainer John Gosden his fourth winner of the Qatar Goodwood Festival from only eight runners. She was ridden to victory by Jim Crowley in the 2800m race. Ralph Beckett-trained Manuela De Vega was second and Aidan O'Brien-trained South Sea Pearl was third. QREC vice-chairman al-Attiyah crowned the winners. Trainer Ruth Carr and jockey James Sullivan both enjoyed their first ever Goodwood winner when Poyle Vinnie won the Au75,000 Qatar Stewards' Sprint Handicap. The nine-year-old beat David Barron-trained Venturous by a neck, with last year's winner Tommy G, trained by Jim Goldie, third in the six-furlong race. QREC Racing manager al-Kubaisi crowned the winners of the Class 2 race. The very admirable King's Advice put up a brave performance to win the mile and six-furlong Qatar Summer Handicap. Ridden by Joe Fanning, the son of Frankel saw off Simon Crisford-trained Outbox by a neck, giving his trainer Mark Johnston a sixth winner of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival. Andrew Balding-trained Shailene was third. QREC Board Member Abdulla bin Mohamed al-Kuwari crowned the winners of this Class 2 Au100,000 race. Persuasion made an impressive debut for trainer Charlie Hills, winning the Au30,000 Qatar EBF Stallion Maiden Stakes. Ridden by James Doyle, he overcame a slow start to win by half a length from Paul Cole-trained Celtic Art and complete a double for the stable, which has now had four winners at the meeting. Beckett-trained Great Ambassador was third in the seven-furlong run. QREC CEO al-Kaabi crowned the winners of this Class 2 race. Land Of Legends' win in the seven-furlong Au30,000 Qatar Handicap was a first at the Qatar Goodwood Festival for jockey Callum Shepherd, who was brought up locally. Land Of Legends, a three-year-old son on Iffraaj beat William Muir-trained Jack's Point by a length and three-quarters. Johnston-trained Warning Fire was third. QREC Board member al-Kuwari crowned the winners of the race. Gift Of Gold, with Cieren Fallon in the saddle, won the mile and a furlong Qatar Apprentice Handicap Stakes, beating AJ Perret-trained You're Hired by one and three quarters of a length. PFI Cole-trained Rotherwick was third. QREC Racing manager al-Kubaisi crowned the winners of the race. Khaadem raced to an easy victory in the Au250,000 Unibet Stewards' Cup for trainer Hills and jockey Crowley. Khaadem carried 9st 6lb to his two and three-quarter lengths triumph over Amanda Perrett-trained Open Wide -- the highest weight ever carried to victory in the race by a three-year-old. David O'Meara-trained Summerghand was third in the six-furlong race. QREC is committed to Arabian racing, says al-Kaabi As the curtain fell on the fifth renewal of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) management endeavoured to make the most of the Festival every year, especially as the QREC's sponsorship of the event has been extended to 2024. Preparations for the next year's edition have already started as part of the existing co-operation between Goodwood Racecourse and QREC. QREC chief executive officer Nasser bin Sherida al-Kaabi said, "This year's edition has been successful in terms of organisation, racegoer turnout and media coverage. We wished for better results by Qatari-owned horses of course. However, everyone, eventually, spares no effort and success comes to winners. The victory of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani's Ebraz in the Group 1 Qatar International Stakes for pure Arabians is remarkable this year and it confirms the successes of Qatar in Arabian racing, which QREC is committed to both locally and internationally. "QREC is keen to make the Festival a success in each and every aspect. We assess each edition and that helped the study, conducted through the Embassy of Qatar in the UK, to come out with numerous positives as it has demonstrated the remarkable impact of Qatar's sponsorship of the Festival on horseracing in the UK, especially given the prestigious races, which has been run at Goodwood for over 200 years. I would like also to touch upon one thing, which is related to the presence of the Qatari horse owners and trainers in the Festival. I do confirm that all are welcome to be present and run their horses. This year, QREC did invite everyone who has horses capable to contest in Goodwood. However, the decision is eventually up to the owners and trainers themselves and if there is any participation, QREC will not hesitate to provide the needed support as part of the QREC's applicable procedures," the QREC CEO concluded. Committed to optimum investment in the event: QREC Board member al-Abdulmalik Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) Board member Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Abdulmalik stressed the success of the Qatar Goodwood Festival in promoting Qatar, its equestrian sport and demonstrating QREC's efficiency at such prestigious global gatherings. "As a lawyer, I have been involved mainly in the legal aspect of the sponsorship agreement between QREC and Goodwood Racecourse," he said. "We, at QREC, have ensured the extended sponsorship is in line with the terms, which protect the rights of QREC and are in favour of QREC from the QREC management's point of view. The response and co-operation was so remarkable from Goodwood Racecourse management that all the details were finalised in a short time and it was agreed to extend QREC's sponsorship of the Festival to 2024. "We are committed to optimum investment in this event, especially with the associated large-scale participation and media coverage, which create a remarkable opportunity for more progress in the Festival, which is highly coveted both in the UK and overseas," al-Abdulmalik said.

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Date:Aug 4, 2019
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