Day at the races – What to expect

Heading for a day at the races? wondering what to expect? Other than high class equine sporting action and a fantastic day out, there’s a whole host of things to see, do and experience.

Raceday Programme

It is advised that you research the programme for the day prior to arrival for directions and timetable of events. The gates will usually open 2 hours before the first race, and there will be roughly a 35 minute interval between each race. Full details of the day and what to expect at the races can be found on the racecourse website.

What’s there?

Aside from the horse racing, there are numerous bars and food stalls available for the general public, as well as formal restaurants and lounge areas for the more premier enclosures. On-course bookmakers are available to accept bets as well as betting shops who are willing to take a wider range of bets. Some summer venues entertain after the day’s racing with live music, which can be a perfect end to a fantastic day.



Your day at the races:

Visit the Parade Ring – This is where the jockey’s receive their instructions and mount the horses before the race. The perfect time to assess a horse’s physique and condition prior to the race. Read more about the Parade Ring here.

Place a bet – Head down to the betting ring to place a bet. Experience the high paced, exciting atmosphere where money is made. For more information on how to place a bet click here.

Get Track-side – Where better to watch the race, than by the finishing post? Watch the drama unfold from the most exhilarating spot on the entire course. Get up close to the mighty athletes as they pass the finishing post at speeds of 40mph.

Visit the winners enclosure – After cheering the winner home, celebrate with the owners at the winners enclosure where the winning horse is paraded. The owners collect their trophies and continue the celebrations with pictures and applause.