What we have learnt from Royal Ascot 2017

I just can’t believe it’s over already, the thought of waiting another whole year is so upsetting! But alas we must go on, and with plenty to look forward to I really must not moan!

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

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! 

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!

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.

Newmarket Guineas Festival Fun For all

The Guineas festival is the official start of the Flat season although for everyone in the industry the prep and hard work to get their horse to this point has been well under way for months. The roll of honour for the two Guineas races includes stars like FRANKEL, MINDING and SEA THE STARS. Alongside the fantastic racing there will be two temporary exhibition halls, which will include photography from Chris Smith ex-Sunday Times sports photographer (images below) The Eclipse Lawn will host a stunning collection from a small number of artists, some of whom will be there on the day holding scheduled talks and demonstrations in between the racing

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!

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!

The Aintree Journey

Like the race itself this is an exciting one and full of obstacles! Liverpool is known for its nightlife, warm welcome and great atmosphere so if you are heading out after wherever you end up will be a lot of fun!

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.

Out & About Olly goes to Newbury

This past Saturday I attended the Betfair Super Saturday at Newbury racecourse. The racecourse itself is set in over 360 acres of which is also home to its own onsite hotel – The Lodge, which has a total of 36 ensuite bedrooms with all prices include a freshly cooked breakfast in the morning, it is the perfect place to stay when Newbury holds meetings over multiple days, or if you have far to travel.

Goodwood Festival Review

The Qatar Goodwood festival, otherwise known as Glorious Goodwood, is one of the biggest flat racing events in the UK and is often hailed as the ‘Home of Champions’. Held at the beginning of August in the height of the british summer, the 5 day festival is not only a standout sporting highlight, but also a social one.

Aintree Races

Aintree Racecourse is home to the incredible Grand National steeplechase. The course itself is set in picturesque, green surroundings where priority over environmental responsibilities is taken seriously and the racecourse strives to incorporate sustainable principles in its business


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.

Day at Sandown - Out and about Olly

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.