The Sport Of Kings - A Day At The Races

Horse racing is known as the "Sport of Kings" - a day out at one of England's premier courses can be a very exciting experience, both in terms of the visual aspect for the spectator watching pedigree thoroughbreds charging round the luscious grass track at speeds in excess of thirty mph and also in terms of waiting to see if the horse on which one has had a "flutter" wins or not! There are many courses within easy access of London, for example, Ascot (the Royal Meeting Week is in June), Epsom (the scene of the famous Derby each May), Kempton Park, Sandown Park, and Windsor. Race meetings are held throughout the year, covering both "Flat" racing (sprint and distance races) and "National Hunt" racing over the "Jumps" and "Sticks" as they are colloquially known (hurdle and steeplechase races of which the most well-known meetings are the Grand National held at Aintree, Liverpool and the Cheltenham Gold Cup). Over seven thousand horses in training annually in the UK participate in competitive races according to their ability, each with the chance of winning what can be substantial prize-money. Your day will include transfers by private deluxe motor coach, during which your escort will explain the intricacies of "studying the form" and how to place a bet, walks around the paddock to view the horses close up, lunch in a private box in the Members Enclosure (which allows perfect unrestricted viewing and protection against inclement weather), and afternoon cream tea. The day may be enhanced by upgrading transportation to a fleet of elegant limousines or "executive" coaches, aboard which champagne and canap├ęs or other refreshments can be served