Caption: Horse racing can be so exciting that a weekend watching it can go by in a blur
There are few weekend activities that are quite as quintessentially British or Irish as spending a glorious spring or summer weekend watching a spot of elite horse racing. Whether you prefer taking in steeplechases, like those seen at the Cheltenham Festival, or flats races, nothing compares to the thrill of jockey and steed charging in unison towards the winning post.
In this article we look at the ways people can further enhance their enjoyment of a top racing meet or festival.
Ensure You Prepare Properly
Once you have booked your days off work for the entirety of a horse racing festival, it would be remiss of you not to go the extra mile to prepare yourself for the races by perusing online form guides and corresponding betting offers.
Rather than trawling all about the internet for these, there are comparison websites where everything you need in the build-up to race week is collated for you. This includes tips from racing experts, bookie offers and welcome bonuses for new customers, and even full lists of runners for upcoming races like those that take place during the Cheltenham Festival.
If you still cannot pick a winner after all that, then just sit back and enjoy the action instead.
Caption: Backing a winner and watching it romp home is one of the best feelings in sport
Have a Live Stream to Hand Whatever Your Vantage Point
Whether you manage to watch from trackside or you are spectating from an establishment elsewhere, having a live stream of all the action is a must, especially when the runners disappear from view to jump a distant fence, or round a sharp bend on a course’s outer extremity.
Many online bookmakers now provide free streaming of most races that they produce odds for, and all people need to do to get access to such streams is to open an account.
Dress to Impress Wherever You Are
A day spent enjoying the racing is never quite the same if you fail to make an effort to get dressed up for the occasion.
No matter whether you are in the grandstand or screaming home the favorite all the way from Timbuktu, donning your top hat or your fascinator will have you feeling like a million dollars. After all, dress codes for race days are made for a reason!