Goodwood remembers the late Sir Peter O'Sullevan


Jockeys riding at the Qatar Goodwood Festival will wear black armbands in memory of legendary commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan, who died peacefully at his home in London this week aged 97.

To celebrate his long and distinguished career, racegoers at Goodwood are invited to applaud after the runners have made their way to post for the opening Land Rover Handicap at 2.05pm.

Born on March 3, 1918, Sir Peter was the BBC's leading commentator for 50 years and became known as the 'Voice of Racing'. He was awarded an OBE for services to racing in 1976 and received his knighthood in 1997.

Upon his retirement in November, 1997, he established the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust which has distributed over £4 million to six welfare organisations; Blue Cross, Brooke Hospital for Animals, Compassion in World Farming, International League for the Protection of Horses, Racing Welfare and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.

He had strong connections to Goodwood, visiting the course throughout his life and opening the Sussex Stand in 1990.