Dubai World Cup 2108

Dubai...what an amazing week we had, and unlike last year it was non stop sun, which just made everything better!

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Our trip started with a night flight out of Heathrow, this is the best flight to get in my opinion, you eat dinner in the airport then get straight on the plane and sleep. You then wake up in Dubai refreshed for the day and ready to hit the ground running. We landed on the Wednesday which for the team was a day of leisure, so naturally we hit the beach for some sun, followed by a very long lunch at Cove Beach. This is a very lively beach club with amazing seafood well worth a visit!

 Cove Beach Club

Cove Beach Club

We then headed to the mall for some shopping, my favourite in the Dubai Mall with the amazing aquarium and fountain displays; best seen in the evening. Alternatively, I can’t recommend enough heading out into the desert for a Sundowner Desert Safari. The Safari is a fantastic way to see a bit of Dubai that not many people get to experience. This trip starts with a convoy driving through the dunes with plenty of stops for opportunities for photos, Camel rides and even a Falconry display. The drive continues until you reach the Bedouin camp where you will stop and enjoy a traditional buffet dinner, drinks, henna tattoos, shisha and much more...the full Arabian Adventure.

The next morning was an early one with ‘Breakfast With The Stars’. For many this is a highlight of the trip. We headed off at about 6.30am and watched the sunrise over the racecourse. This is then outshone by they show Meydan put together, you are greeted at meydan with a live band and men on stilts guiding you into the course. As we made our way in we were handed free merchandise, had our photo take in the photo booth and signed our names on the Godolphin board.

 Sunrise over Meydan Racecourse

Sunrise over Meydan Racecourse

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As you make your way down through the Grandstand to the track side of the racecourse, you will see the scale of the set up put on for all of the guests. There are several food stations with all you can eat from all corners of the globe. It really is a breakfast of dreams. As we sat and ate and watched the racehorses work there were magicians and other little shows happening in and around the tables. The main stage was set up for interviews with Owners, Jockeys, and Trainers. We were lucky enough to hear from Saeed Bin Suroor, Charlie Appleby and William Buick from the Godolphin team.

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 One our customers who won an iphone in the raffle

One our customers who won an iphone in the raffle

It really is an action packed morning, it’s also a great opportunity to get to see the racecourse before the big day! After a busy morning, an afternoon by the pool might be needed or maybe check out the spa at your hotel. We went to the beach and then continued our day into the evening by heading to a bar called 360. This is a bar at the end of a pier by the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and has views from 360 degrees which overlook the sea, beach and city landscape.

Friday is the day of our drinks evening, so we had a chilled morning before heading to the venu. As a guest, I would recommend doing the same, the drinks evening was at the Address Boulevard and is right next to the Dubai Mall. A lot of guests had a walk round the mall followed by a drink bar of the hotel before it starts, the hotel is stunning and one of my favourites in Dubai. The evening was great fun and full of lots of laughs, we had Rishi hosting the evening who is always great fun. He arrived early and enjoyed a few drinks with all our guests. He was then joined by Frankie Dettori, Jim Crowley and Pat Cosgrave. Frankie kicked off the evening with one of his stories from his recent tour which had us all laughing.

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The boys and Rishi then joined him on stage and we opened the questions to the floor  followed by the boys talking about their rides the next day. We then did a raffle draw where tickets to Ascot, signed Frankie silks and 10 signed personalised photos of Frankie were on offer, these went down very well with the crowd. The boys then took time to have photos with everyone before heading off for an early night before racing! The night was a massive success and we are sure everyone really enjoyed it and we did too. The team also headed off for an early night before racing the next day.

 Signed Frankie silks

Signed Frankie silks

 Raffle winner

Raffle winner

Saturday, the big day, we got going to the races nice and early to beat the traffic and so all guests can enjoy their day to the full. We picked everyone up at 12:00pm and made our way to the racecourse, after a quick security check everyone headed to their different enclosures. With lots of guesting opting for different types of tickets, we planned to meet where the coach dropped us off, this is very easy to find and well signed.

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We had Gallery tickets, these are a great option, all your food and drink is included in the ticket and you have great viewing of the finish line. There is ample seating inside to eat and outside to watch the racing, great value for money. The racing was amazing high quality races with horses from all over the globe coming to compete, they have a half time show and an amazing after show with an incredible firework display. This is a race night like no other in the world and is a must for every racing fan, the night finishes off an incredible trip.

 The Racing Breaks

The Racing Breaks

Dubai is a place like nowhere else and as we said so is the racing, this together makes for a real bucket list trip. The week is what you make it, you can chill by the pool, go and explore the city, hit the shops the list is endless and I cannot recommend it enough.

The Grand National Hospitality

The Grand National is on the of the highlights of the Jump Season and takes place only a few weeks after the incredible Cheltenham Festival. But that is no excuse not to attend both as they are both amazing experiences for different reasons. This festival of racing takes place over three days...yes that’s right, three days jam packed full of exciting racing action over some of the most famous fences in world. Not only do you have racing to enjoy and look forward to but, Liverpool is an incredible city with so much to offer for a few nights away.

The Grand National Festival is unique for a number of reasons, asides from the great racing there is much more including the addition of some fantastic hospitality areas and spaces. As there is so much on offer we thought you might need a little guidance on where the best places are to be. Unlike many other race meetings with the Grand National you definitely get your money's worth and even some of the pricer experiences are really worth that little bit extra. Like getting your money’s worth? Then this is the place to be.

The Jockey Club 1750

This is Aintree’s best hospitality experience and is beautifully done, you really feel like you are having a VIP experience with amazing service and delicious food, oh and not to mention amazing views of the racing.

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There will be a champagne reception followed by a four-course lunch, premium wines and finishing off the afternoon with a fabulous afternoon tea.

Being their best experience this is now only available on the Thursday of the Festival at  £499pp

Sunloch (Thursday Only) £199

Exclusive to the Thursday only this is a great way to get set up for the days ahead, perfect for couples and smaller groups. There will be a three-course buffet lunch followed by afternoon tea. Again great views of the course you won’t need to move all day with betting facilities and everything you need on hand.

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Silver Birch (Friday and Saturday)

This brand new hospitality experience is not to be missed, located right near the start and looking down the home straight you will see every aspect of the races. This premium informal experience is complete with cocktails, appetizers and an incredible four-course lunch. This is perfect for larger and smaller groups who are looking to get the most fun out of their day, the complementary bar will ensure your glass is never empty while you cheer in your horses. The fun won’t stop after racing either, with a DJ keeping the party going.

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Friday will be £369 and Saturday £529

Sunloch (Friday and Saturday)

This is the best place to be to socialise and eat your way through the day. This vibrant atmosphere is the perfect location, with not only views of the track but also the pre-parade ring. There will be a delicious three-course lunch, wine and afternoon tea.

Friday £369 and Saturday £499.

McCoys

Situated in the heart of the racecourse this is the perfect base for the day, with everything you need on hand. With access to the Red Rum garden and Earl Of Derby Terrace, where you are guaranteed magnificent views of the course. They have a large cash bar with informal seating and TVs inside and out. There is a chef inside who will prepare food right in front of you on the grill so you can dine al fresco.

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Thursday £125 Friday £179 Saturday £239

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 So with that said as a reflection piece, what have we learnt from the week? 

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Royal Ascot Tuesday Review

What a fantastic way to kick off the Royal meeting, with the glorious sunshine, some big favourite winners and some surprise outsiders. Although it wasn’t all smiles, Frankie Dettori had to miss the Royal meeting due to injury and the morning had to start with a frenzy of jockey changes to cover his rides. We started our day with a picnic under the trees, much more relaxed! 

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Bet 365 day at Sandown

On Friday we made our way down to Sandown for the Bet 365 day on the Friday, for a flat racing fan this was a day which brought me great excitement and a true start the year. For the jumps fans the following day at Sandown was last day of what someone said was proper racing! But let’s not get into that debate...well not today anyway!

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The Dante Festival

York Racecourse is without doubt one of the best in the country. When Ascot underwent major redevelopments in 2005, York was chosen to host Royal Ascot showing what a brilliant course it is. Yorkshiremen are amongst the friendliest people about and the food and drink on course are offered at very affordable prices.

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The Newmarket Guineas Journey

The Newmarket Guineas festival is known for its great racing and is an event everyone has in their calendar for a great party weekend. Now there is a slight change this year, the Guineas Festival normally falls on the bank holiday so there will be a slightly more subdued crowd on the Sunday but the Sunday tends to have a more family feel anyway. So let’s focus on the Saturday and how you might want to plan your day!

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The Pocket size Fashion Guide for Aintree

Now it’s still tweed and winter racing attire season but you will struggle to find much of either here! These girls really don’t feel the cold and with the current weather predictions they will feel it even less. The girls in Liverpool are known for their glamour and fashion statements and the Grand National is their oscars so don’t be left out!

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The Aintree Journey

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Ascot Racecourse and the Royal Family

Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire is one of the UK’s premier racetracks and is internationally renown for its close association with the Royal Family. The month of June means only one thing in British horse racing, it is the date of the Royal Ascot. No other race has the same prestige or is considered as important in the British social calendar as these five days of racing. In this article we look at the strong connection the Royal Family has to one of the world’s most famous courses.

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Ladies Day's

A day at the races is one of our favourite ways to spend a day with the girls second only to a day at the spa recovering, so why not combine the two? Lucky for us some of the most glamorous racecourses have some of the best spas on their doorstep.

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