More than 100,000 horse-racing devotees attended the prestigious 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival, held against the backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside in the United Kingdom.

Despite some wet weather, a sell-out crowd of more than 25,000 race-goers watched the last day as top jockeys and their horses competed in one of the highlights of the UK’s flat racing season.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said that their partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club has proved another winning combination for The Qatar Goodwood Festival, crowning a successful season for race-goers and horses alike.

The UK is a very important market for us, so our association with The Qatar Goodwood Festival is always an excellent opportunity to engage with our premium customers and showcase Qatar Airways’ five-star products and services.’

Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi, General Manager of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, said that the success of the festival is always helped enormously by their partnership with Qatar Airways.

We look forward to extending our partnership with Qatar Airways to ensure the airline becomes a firm fixture in the years to come.’

Adam Waterworth, the Goodwood Estate Sports Managing Director said the partnership between Qatar Airways and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club makes the Qatar Goodwood Festival a firm-favourite with race-goers. Despite some inclement weather, the sun came out on the last day and the meet finished on a real high.

That’s what Goodwood is all about – great racing, great weather, and a fantastic atmosphere.’

The world-class field included two Qatari front-runners which took part in the Qatar Sussex Stakes, where a £1 million pot of prize money was on hand for the lucky winners. World-famous jockey Frankie Dettori was riding Al Jazi, which was the winner of the L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes. Al Jazi is owned by Al Shaqab and trained by Francois Rohaut. Meanwhile, Tayf was the winner of the Qatar International Stakes. Tayf is owned by HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani trained by Alban de Mieulle and ridden by jockey Olivier Peslier.

It was also a photo-finish for the Qatar Airways competition to find the best hat worn on Ladies’ Day. Leading style influencer Hermione Olivia chose an off-white hat adorned with lilies for its elegant simplicity. Its lucky owner won a pair of return Business Class tickets from the UK to Doha, plus five-star hotel accommodation provided by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. Entrants competed on Instagram using the hashtag #QatarAirways.

As well as offering a choice of 72 non-stop flights per week from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh to Doha and onwards to a network of more than 150 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways will also start flying to Cardiff next year.

Multiple award-winning Qatar Airways was this year awarded Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards (the fourth time it has won this global accolade). Qatar’s national carrier also clinched Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

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