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By Simon Jackson, London24’s horse racing correspondent
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Attendance at Glorious Goodwood was up on last year despite being forced to compete with the first week of the London Olympics, figures released this week have revealed.
A total of 102,706 people attended the five day spectacular that this year took place between July 31 and August 4, peaking at 23,781 on the last day which was also an increase on 2011 figures.
Numbers were also up significantly on the second day as 21,505, an increase of 2,425, came to see Frankel record a facile victory in the Group One Sussex Stakes at odds of 1-20 and become the first horse to win this race twice.
Goodwood’s clerk of the course Seamus Buckley said: “I have really enjoyed it. It has been a fantastic week of racing.
“It was brilliant to have Frankel here to win his second Qipco Sussex Stakes - that is something that will live in my memory forever I should think. It was a privilege to produce ground for such an outstanding racehorse.
“I think the racing has been outstanding and we have had 516 runners which is a record in itself at Glorious Goodwood. I didn’t have a single runner withdrawn because of the going so that is a feather in everyone’s cap.
“The whole week has been an enormous success - I am very proud of what happened.”
Adam Waterworth, Goodwood’s managing director added: “It has been a fantastic finale to Glorious Goodwood. Richard Hughes was crowned Racing UK Glorious Goodwood top jockey for the third consecutive year, with his victory on The Fugue in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes proving a real crowd-pleaser.
“We are also delighted that trainers, who year after year support Goodwood from far and wide, have done so well as we really appreciate their support.
“Mark Johnston, who trains in Yorkshire, is the top trainer at Glorious Goodwood for the eighth time, while Scotland’s Jim Goldie has won the £100,000 Blue Square Bet Stewards’ Cup with Hawkeyethenoo.”