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You won’t find French race­go­ers watch­ing the Prix de L’Arc de Tri­om­phe free from a hill fort – but that is what English spec­ta­tors do at the Qatar Goodwood Fes­ti­val. The Trun­dle fort is off the A286; take a pic­nic and study the form: the book­ies are there, too. Qatar Goodwood Fes­ti­val (July 31 to Au­gust 4, goodwood.com). Search “Trun­dle” on south­downs.gov.uk. The sweep­stakes are closed, the run­ners and rid­ers are in and race­go­ers are de­scend­ing on Ain­tree today for the en­durance test of the year – an en­tire day of eat­ing, drink­ing and try­ing not to fall over be­fore the 5.15pm Grand National. Forty run­ners, 30 fences (the tallest is 5ft 3in, the same height as Frankie Det­tori) and £1 mil­lion prize money. Got a ticket? Dash to the Red Rum Gar­den for a selfie with Mr Big him­self, or at least with the bronze sculp­ture of the triple win­ner and le­gend, who is buried at the fin­ish line. Once the National is over it’s tape-up on the so­cial sea­son, a tight field of sport­ing and cul­tural events can­ter­ing through sum­mer. Hats away! (ran­dox­health grand­na­tional.co.uk).

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