With an abundance of racecourses all over the globe, it is almost impossible to visit them all. With that in mind here is our list to the top 10 racecourses to visit in your lifetime.
Ever dreamed of making it big? Banking one of these horses would've certainly done that for your ambition. Check out our blog on the top five highest earning horses of all time here!
Ever had a stressful day at work and are stuck for ideas on how to unwind? Here at Racing Breaks we've got the perfect solution! Read out top five after work summer races you cannot miss this summer!
The Goodwood Festival known to many as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ due to it’s thrilling racing and unmatched picturesque views, takes place each year at the beginning of August. Offering 5 days of sensational Flat racing and total prize money of over £5 million it is an event which nobody should miss. Set in the rolling Sussex countryside over the height of Summer, this event combines elegant fashion with top class racing.
Dubbed the Ryder Cup of horseracing, The Shergar Cup is an annual horse racing spectacle usually held at the beginning of August at Ascot; but cast your mind back to late 90’s, and you may remember this wasn’t always the case.
Jack Nice, a specialist in form analysis and currently working at Ralph Beckett’s Group One winning stable, gives us his insider's view on the week of racing at Newmarket for the July Festival: who to back, who to follow and where to go! There is no better man to guide us through the week than Jack and he starts by telling us who he fancies in one of the first big races of the week.
The July Moet and Chandon Festival
I must admit I am a little biased being from Newmarket, but I do love the July Festival, three days of fantastic racing in hopefully the glorious sunshine! There are a few reasons this stands out from other events and I you won’t want to miss it!
With it’s reputation as a party city and a diverse nightlife, Liverpool is the perfect place for a hen weekend. There is no better time to visit than the weekend of the Grand National, when the city is most alive!
Summer time is a time which is best enjoyed outdoors! With the sun beaming overhead, jugs of Pimms flowing enjoyed with family and friends, is there any better place to spend it then at the races? Here at Racing Breaks, we think not. This is the top 10 race meets you simply cannot miss this summer.
A day filled with excellent golf, ice cold drinks and a fantastic BBQ to finish it all off, the duel of the jockeys golf day certainly lived up to expectations!
Be first past the post at Royal Ascot this year by downloading the Racing Insider app now for the insiders guide to a day at the races. Whether its advice on where to put your hard earned cash, how to style a winning outfit or which bar to head to for the best view of the track, Racing Insider has you covered.
Join the Prosecco Cocktails Revolution with Premier Estates Wine
There are few things better in life better than sitting in the sun and enjoying a glass of chilled Prosecco, but one of those things is definitely sitting in the sun enjoying a chilled Prosecco cocktail and these seem to be all the rage right now. With the ever increasing popularity of sparkling wines, UK wine drinkers are conjuring up ways to enhance their favourite sparkling tipple. Mixing your Prosecco with your favourite spirit or liqueur and some fresh fruit juice is a great way to put a smile on the faces of your party guests or to just enjoy some quiet time in the garden.
Royal Ascot is the highlight of Britain’s social and fashion calendar as far as ladies days go. This is no time to experiment and its is certainly no place for a maxi dress, they belong on the beach! It’s one of those events when you see alot of people in the public eye play it safe, and with good reason the Queen is there! I like to think of it like putting on your Sunday best to see your granny, now look at your outfit, would granny approve? You don’t have to go in some boring highneck dress by any means this is high fashion and it can always be classy and still out there, so experiment with colours, hats and bags but just remeber your Queen is present!
Four things we learnt from the weekend!
What a weekend, there were few surprises came from this weekend so let’s look at what we have learnt!
The flat is back! The Craven meeting kicks off today and before we know it, the Guineas will be here! As you can tell we are a little excited! Now it can be a little early to tell who the stars of the season will be but with the exciting MONARCHS GLEN winning handsomely under Frankie Dettori last Wednesday night at Kempton, some stars are already shining through!
The April meeting at Cheltenham is where the jump season really starts to wind down and it’s a great mid-week race meeting to go to. The meeting is over two days and is a great time to head to Cheltenham to really see what it has to offer without having to fight your way to the bar. To help make this meeting even better on the Wednesday night after racing there is a charity football match, now this is no ordinary match with a few token jockeys thrown in this is AP McCoy heading up the jockeys team VS the Cheltenham Town Legends!
Why Dubai is a question I am often asked, some people love it, some hate it and some just don’t get it, but it is somewhere you must try. I am writing this after just returning from the Dubai World Cup where I was lucky enough to be sent out to host our group and view some of the new hotels. I have been to Dubai quit a few times and it is forever changing, like any city it is full of energy.
We were lucky enough to be invited to visit Nicky Henderson's yard this past Thursday (9th March) by the Albatross Club, and yes that is the week before Cheltenham as luck would have it. It was a great experience to see such a legendary trainers yard just 5 days before the biggest event in jump racing. We were given a tour of the whole yard, shown some of the top horses such as Sprinter Sacre and Altior, we watched horses work over hurdles and fences in preparation for Cheltenham and saw some of the younger horses worked on the gallops.
World Book Day
World book day is something everyone remembers from school, and I feel is something not celebrated enough in our adult lives. With everyone glued to their phones and busy with other day to day chores we forgot how nice it is to sit down with a good book. If like me you struggle to get really gripped by a book I think I have the perfect list for you! The perfect mix of humour, the nitty gritty of people's lives (I am terribly nosey) and good old fashion sex!
The Festival is soon upon us and we are all getting a little excited, and as seasoned Cheltenham goers we feel it is our duty to pass on our knowledge. As we all know there is much more than just great racing to be had, so I hear you ask what do you need to know! We have put together the needs to knows- What bars to go to, How to get there and the must do’s and avoids.
On Friday 10th February the Racing Breaks team were lucky enough to be invited to visit Fergal O'Brien's training yard just outside Cheltenham. The timing of the trip couldn't have been better with Fergal and his team picking up their 50th winner of the season the day before when Petite Power put in a brilliant performance to hold off 7 rivals in a handicap at Huntington!
September 28th 1996 will be a date familiar to many of you and will no doubt go down in history as one of the greatest days in British horse racing and even British sport all together. For those of you who are not aware, this is the date that Frankie Dettori rode his “Magnificent 7”.
Day at Sandown
As you may or may not have seen (I was live tweeting on Twitter) I attended Sandown park for the first time on Friday 2nd December for the first day of Tingle Creek and I can honestly say it was a great day out. Travelling from central London it was a perfect destination as it’s located only 20 minutes train ride from Vauxhall station. Esher station is the closest station to the racecourse and it practically backs onto the racecourse. Top tip, when you get off the train turn right and walk up the platform, many of us made the mistake of first turning left.