Here it is...a new year...2018, and what a year it is going to be. This is the list that shouldn’t be kept for another year, the time is now, and we want to send you some of the best racecourses and racing events there are to offer across the UK and Ireland.
Shake off the January blues, and get back into the swing of things with a trip to Ireland for some scintillating racing action at the Dublin Jumps Festival at Leopardstown. This is a new festival taking place on 3rd and 4th of February 2018. There isn’t much time to ponder and think about it...just do it! The festival comprises of a brilliant showcase of seven Grade One and three Grade Two races. The festival was created as a merge of two standalone fixtures at the end of January and beginning of February so a plethora of great races to get you excited for the new year racing fixtures. New and existing valuable handicaps mean that there will be a minimum race prize value of €75,000 and a total prize money over the 15 races across the weekend amounts to €1.5million. Ireland is only across the water and we have a selection of racing/hotel packages that will make it all the more worthwhile.
Next on the list is none other than the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. This is one of the biggest races in the world with a peak of 12 million tuning in around the world to watch live on TV. So why not be there on the day to experience this incredible, testing and nail-biting race from the side of the course? The race has a safety factor of 40 which is one of the largest fields in any race in the UK. The horses take on 30 fences which are like no other measuring up to 5ft 2in in height and they are some width too! Situated in Liverpool, the Grand National Festival is a few days of great fun to be had with a group of friends or family with the racecourse only a short train journey outside the city centre.
As if you didn’t already know, Cheltenham Festival is the ultimate racing experience. Crowds of over 200,000 people flock through the gates over the 4 days of top class racing and there is something for everyone to enjoy whether you are a racing enthusiast or not. The atmosphere is electric and the Cheltenham Roar at the start of the first race on the first day will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. For those who may not enjoy standing out in the cold weather at all times, there are plenty of places to take shelter, places like the shopping village. There are over 50 exhibition stands with some of the best , high profile outfitters and fashion brands in the country. Tickets and hotel rooms are selling out fast so make sure you don’t miss out on this legendary week of racing fun and frolics.
York 22nd- 25th August
The York Ebor Festival is one of the highlights of the summer, taking place in the fabulous setting of York racecourse. This is the last chance to wear your summer outfit and soak up any sun before the weather turns for a long cold winter. The Ebor is known as the Ascot of the North and features top class flat racing and eye-catching fashion as its showpiece. The feature race and highlight of the festival is the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes. The meeting also features Britain’s richest handicap, over the marathon of a mile and three-quarters. A stunning racecourse and York has so much to offer during your time away from the track. Make a weekend of it with a group of friends or family and ladies...don’t miss your chance to shine on Ladies Day which takes place on Thursday 23rd August.
Ascot racecourse is something to marvel at in its structural design as well as the fabulous setting in which it lies. Just on the outskirts of London, Royal Ascot is the hottest event of the summer and for many, the entire year. This is where class and style amalgamate and create a spectacular sense of occasion. For many, attending Royal Ascot week is the highlight of the social calendar. The royal parade is what makes this event all the more special as Her Majesty the Queen attends every day, arriving in a horse drawn carriage with other royal family members and acquaintances. Royal Ascot is a match between some of the best flat horses in the world and is a real test for which will succeed later in the season. A strict dress code of women in hats and dresses and men in mourning suit, this week is something special to be a part of and definitely one to tick off the list. If you like Pimms, Champagne, Horses and a good social occasion, then it’s a no brainer.