Thursday, 14 March 2013

Ladies Day at Cheltenham [13.3.13]

Apologies for the rubbish photo but that is the super Sprinter Sacre behind :)
I am new to the whole race scenario, but since starting university I've found myself reading a bit more about it due to it being such a massive part of the equestrian world and going to Punchestown races whilst in Ireland really opened my eyes up to how entertaining it can be, despite the unfortunate incidences where horses fall badly. However, Cheltenham definitely hooked me and I wish I could go back! The atmosphere is truly incredible and getting to be close to some of the top race horses in the country, possibly world and seeing them race in the flesh is truly amazing!

Ruby Walsh riding Pont Alexandre
When I saw my university had organised a trip to Cheltenham, Ladies Day, I was in two minds as to whether to go but I am so glad I did! It was a day of great laughs, friendly atmosphere and horses - what more could you ask for? We had tickets for the Tattersalls stand, yet somehow myself and two friends never made it that far and somehow found we had spent the day in the Club area! No wonder we were so close to the horses! Also, as much as it was Ladies Day, I think there were definitely more men around but seeing the range of outfits worn by people was amazing, with some going casual and others more fancy with hats - though I think fur headbands were the winners (including myself)! 

Wayne Hutchinson riding Two Rockers
I would definitely recommend anyone to go to the races, whether you're into racing or not, though be warned - once you've been, you may well and truly be hooked! I definitely am and I can't wait until next year to hopefully go again! Fingers crossed I might win some money next time as well as I didn't seem to do too well with my horses either coming in 4th or falling at the last fence :/ At least I'm not a huge gambler! 

Has anyone ever been to the races, or even Cheltenham? I'd love to hear your stories!
Laura x

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