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1.Buy your ticket in advance to get the best price - consider the Race Day Essentials pack or The Horses for Courses Tour
2.Arrive early to get a good car parking spot and miss the queues
3.Buy a Racing Post on your way through the gate, from just outside the office. (Always got good tips)
4.Back the horse trained by the first trainer you see. (It’s an old racecourse myth, but it seems to work)
5.Local horses run well at Warwick. It’s also a Horses For Courses track. Some love it, some don’t!
Head to Scudamore Bar and check out all the race cards, there is one from every course in the country or wander down to Castle Bar to see the Dante Collection (all the memorabilia from the 1946 Derby winner). If you’re feeling peckish, stop off at the Food Market and try the curry. Watch the race from the top of the grandstand & soak in the atmosphere.
The best place to soak up the excitement and to savour the sweet scent of victory. The winner and placed horses assemble here after the race. The owners and trainers celebrate and the jockeys give a debrief. The horses receive a well-earned drink and, when it is warmer, the handler will pour water over the horse and walk them around to help them to cool down. Horses remain in this area until the Clerk of the Scales gives the signal that jockeys have “Weighed-in” with the correct weight and then the result becomes official.
Also referred to as the ‘Paddock’, the Parade Ring is where you can have a good look at the horses before each race. The jockeys will meet the owners and the trainer of the horse before the race in the Parade Ring for one last discussion about tactics and plans for the race. When the bell rings, the jockeys will mount their horses and make their way out to the track.
What to look for:
“Paddock watching” is a skill honed over many years of practice. The experienced eye can gain a great advantage over those who use analysis of the form alone. A horse in the peak of condition should look bright and alert with a gleam to his coat.
Nothing can beat the excitement of watching the race from the rails; the flashing colours and thundering hooves as the field races by is a moment to savour, especially if you can get near the finish line.