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!
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! Now we can all be honest and say for sure, unless you are an avid Cheltenham Town supporter we probably won’t of heard of most of them but they are probably going to be pretty good and thrash the jockeys you have heard off!
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 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!
Cheltenham week 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”. Something that had never been accomplished before. To say it was unlikely is an understatement, with the initial accumulative odds coming in at 25,095 - 1 proving just that. All together it is estimated that bookies lost a combined total of £40 million due to the “Magnificent 7” and Frankie Dettori became a household name overnight.
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.