Whether you fancy the designer-hats and dresses and top-hats and tails of Ascot, or a family fun day at the races with rides, stalls and face-painting to keep the kids amused – horse racing is a fun day out for everyone.
The highlight of the summer racing calendar is Ascot’s King George Day on Saturday 26th July, and it’s a great occasion to dress-up, watch some of Europe’s best race horses, and mingle with both racing enthusiasts and celebrities. The feature race is the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and this year’s renewal is shaping up to be a fantastic contest with the possibility of recent Royal Ascot winners Telescope and Eagle Top taking on this year’s Derby and Oaks winners Australia and Taghrooda. The feature race is always backed up with a strong supporting cast, and there are plenty of bars and entertainment to enjoy in between races.
August’s highlight is York’s Ebor meeting; a four day meeting (20th – 23rd) which features the Juddmonte International – a 10-furlong group-one race that was won by the mighty Frankel in 2012. Thursday is Ladies Day, ideal for the ladies to show-off their finest summer frocks whilst watching the finest fillies in the country compete for the group-one Yorkshire Oaks, whilst those of you have a need for speed will want to watch Friday’s 5-furlong Nunthorpe Stakes featuring the fastest sprinters in the land, including dual Royal Ascot winner Sole Power. However, nothing beats Saturday, when the racecourse has an infectious ambience as people flock to the Knavesmire for York’s oldest race, the Ebor Handicap.
For those looking for great family fun days, then you might want to consider Haydock’s “Under The Sea” day on the 7th August where there are loads of things for children to do, whilst the adults enjoy a few drinks and a bet. Alternatively, kids can meet Peppa Pig at Epsom on the 25th August.
Betting at the races is a lot of fun, and there are lots of different types of bets to try. The tote offer bets such as placepots, exactas and trifectas as well as win and place betting, or you can bet win or each-way with the many independent bookmakers who have a pitch at the racecourses.
Of course picking winners isn’t easy and, whilst you may get lucky following names or colours, it’s a good idea to get some good racing tips. Lots of people follow newspaper tipsters, but if these tipsters where good enough to be making money at it they would be. Thankfully, there are horse racing tips services that make a good profit for their customers – so why not impress your friends and family by arming yourself with some proper racing tips to make your summer fun enjoyable – and profitable.