Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Gigaclear Race Evening at the Newbury Racecourse in Reading.
An excuse to dress up, wear a fascinator and drink champagne in the sunshine surrounded by a string of the most majestic animals on earth, you don’t have to ask me twice.
Newbury Racecourse offers a 100 years of heritage with a modern-day flare and makes for a perfect day out with family and friends, without the aggro of tidying up or a broken vase, a win win if you ask me. Horse racing is something I’ve always wanted to attend and when I got this invite, I was ecstatic.
Upon my arrival, I was taken up to the hospitality suite which offers an array of bevvies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic to be enjoyed on the balcony overlooking the racecourse; the perfect ambiance for a summers evening. Foodies, do not be in despair, the hospitality suite also provides snacks such as cheese boards and canapés and if you’re a little more famished, they also serve mini bowls of all different cuisines – just let them know if you have any allergies and the lovely staff will point you into the right direction. Alas, if cool, calm and collected isn’t your thing you can find out more about entry dining, bars and restaurants for the grandstand here or you can enter the dining competition in this post, more details below.
a little horse racing phraseology…
Act – describes the horses previous ability to cope under certain conditions.
Age – all thoroughbreds have their birthdays on January 1st.
Allowance – new rides (apprentices, conditionals and amateurs) are allowed slight weight compromises to compensate for the lack of experience against their fellow opponents.
At the post – when the horses have arrived at the start before the race.
Fancied – when a horse is expected to win.
Flat racing – a race without any jumps.
Furlong – 220 yards. British race courses count the furlongs back from the winning post
Hacked up – a horse winning easily.
Jockey – a person who rides in horse races, especially as a profession.
Outsider – regarded as less likely to win.
Parade – before all races, there is often a presentation of the horses which allows the race goers to see them.
Stalls – where the horses are correctly positioned for the start of each race.
I am an animal lover, through and through and I could see the respect and love these horses receive from their trainers, teammates and the crowd after taking a look around the parade and the stalls. The horses undergo six weeks of training in preparation for any upcoming race and can travel as fast as 40mph, impressive, right? Once they’ve completed their race, the horse can chill for a minimum of three weeks before they start the training process again.
I’m not a crazy gambling girl however, I did take a chance on this tall, dark and handsome cutie who goes by the name Treacherous. Treacherous is four years young and when I saw him during the parade, he just caught my eye with his cheeky and rebellious antics and seemed like a little bit of an underdog. He came eighth place in this race however, he has had six previous wins in his short, yet exciting career.
The events are not only just about horse racing, if having a boogie is more your thing, then you’re in for a treat. Newbury Racecourse have two musical events this summer with Craig David on the Weatherby’s Super Sprint Day on 21st July and my absolute fave, Rudimental on the Ladies Day on 18th August; with this banging weather that Britain is being graced with right now these two events need to be snapped up with both hands.
Are you free 29th December, 2018? Would you like to win entry to the Challow Hurdle Day and a fancy, schmancy dinner for two at the Racegoers Restaurant complete with a beautiful panoramic view overlooking the final furlong? To enter, tap below!
Good luck, lovelies