A day at the races

“Get yourself a decent haircut, man. We’re going to the races!”
Any excuse for a mention of Peaky Blinders, ey?

So yesterday, I spent my Sunday at Stratford-upon-Avon’s racecourse. I love the races! A place I don’t frequent too much, but when I do, oh I love it. Anyone who knows me knows that I am partial to a pony, I’ve been around horses since I can remember and they’re certainly a majestic creature.

Just a disclaimer: I know racing is not everyone’s cup of tea, and some are very much against it. If you disagree with it, that’s cool, I respect that, but maybe don’t read anymore, as this entire post is about the races.

I was actually pretty lucky and the first race of the day, I backed the winner! Normally a one hit wonder, I proceeded the afternoon with another winner and a placed. I don’t bet big, but coming home with more than I went with is always nice.

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How to back a winner:
1. Does the name of the horse resemble a genre of music you like?
2. Does the name of the horse resemble a band you like?
3. Does the name of the horse resemble anything you like?
4. What about the silk- is it pretty?
5. Ignore all of the actual relevant things like the trainer, jockey, experience etc.

My first winner of the day, thank you, Jazzy!

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Look at this fantastic view I got of the final fence. Certainly didn’t squeeze myself behind the back of an ice cream van.

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You can’t win them all, poor lil’ guy. The sun obviously backed this guy as he didn’t stay out to see the result.

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We perched ourselves on the walking ring so I could look at all the bobbins! We actually had a fairly good view of the giant screen and we were just after the finish line.

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This girl was my second win of the day. I stopped at the winners circle en route to collecting my winnings.

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Now this final race we saw had a selection of the prettiest bobbins I’d seen all day! This chestnut was such a beaut.

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But perhaps the looker of the day was this dapple grey. I have a place in my heart for greys- fleabitten, dapple, steel, I don’t discriminate. My best little bobbin is a grey and they’ll always hold a spot in my heart.

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Cheers to the races, I’ll be back very soon.

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