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).