Now the summer is officially over, whilst many of us mope around in a onesie crying into our bowls of porridge and reminiscing over warmer days, the rest of us wrap up in something stylish and head out to some of the outstanding race meetings on the new national hunt calendar.
Whether it’s marvelling at this seasons equine stars or enjoying some spectacular dining and shopping experiences – washed down with a glass of something cold and bubbly – a day at the races has something for all.
November is an exciting month holding two great major meetings at two of the ‘big guns’ of the racecourse world.
First up we have the Open meeting at the home of steeplechasing Cheltenham racecourse. Running over 3 days Friday 13th Nov to Sunday 15th there is a wealth of stunning racing on offer and entertainment to boot.
Friday 13th the Countryside Day is a social favourite, you cannot help but get swept up in the buzz of excitement, this is NH racing engaging the super turbo, so hold on tight!
Gates open 10am, best to get there early as traffic can be a little busy, although there is a new system in place for this year so that should ease things somewhat. And then there’s the shopping….a quick pit stop at any of the well stocked bars and you’ll be in good time to head off around the fabulous Shopping Village, with plenty of early Christmas presents and treats to spoil yourself and your loved ones, it is well worth a visit.
Not to be missed;
- 11:30am Parade Ring, watch the 20 Time champion jockey AP Mcoy out of his comfort zone in a dressage performance with dressage Olympians Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin.
- 12 noon HRH The Princess Royal opening the new Princess Royal Stand.
- 12:30pm have a look at the horses, jockeys owners and trainers in the Parade Ring (paddock) before the first race, you can either bet at the Tote stands or out front with one of the independent bookies.
- 12:50pm get out trackside to the front lawns, soak up the transcendent atmosphere of Cheltenham races as the crowd roars and cheers upon commencement of the first race at 1:05pm!
- 2:50pm the hugely popular Cross Country race is always a spectacle, running over the unusual Cheltenham cross country course.
Gold Cup Day
If you can’t take the day off work or you’re really just waiting for the big race of the whole meeting then Saturday 14th Nov Gold Cup day is not to be missed.
With an impressive £300,000 of prize money up for grabs, there is some seriously competitive racing on offer, the pinnacle of which being the acclaimed Paddy Power Gold Cup steeplechase.
Although a big race day the gold cup day still has something for all, the shopping village is open for the entire 3 days of the meeting so even the most fervent racing devotee can manage a quick peruse!
For the final day Sunday 15th Nov there is more of a family feel, with superb entertainment for the children, this being more often found at the smaller race meetings makes it’s a great chance to let the younger ones join in on a big race day.
Face painting, animal petting, story telling and a ventriloquist!
Children under 18 have free entry and adults need a club/tattersall a ticket to gain entry to the entertainment.
Tickets are around £25 for club/tattersalls, more for Gold Cup Day.
Hennessy Gold Cup
Later this month 26th-28th Nov head to Newbury racecourse for the Bet365 Festival featuring the thrilling Hennessy Gold Cup!
Hennessy Gold Cup day is another hugely social affair with stellar racing, various bars, restaurants and hospitality packages available to all.
The Hennessy Gold Cup is a fiercely competitive and meritorious race with many famous names running. It’s a great pre-emptor to the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, so take note!
Details of The Bet365 festival can be find on the Newbury website.
Next month look out for the big December meetings including the Tingle Creek at Sandown and the King George VI chase at Kempton Park.