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Glorious Goodwood 2016 – a couple of firsts

Glorious Goodwood 2016 – a couple of firsts

Whilst driving to beautiful Sussex, the sun was out in full force. A glorious day must be on the cards, perfect for horseracing, picnics and, most important, photography. Horses simply do not look as good without the sun lightening up their coats, causing a diamond-like […]

Newmarket adventures: the Moët & Chandon July Festival

Newmarket adventures: the Moët & Chandon July Festival

Against a backdrop of Tattersalls’ record shattering July Sale, which concluded with a total turnover of 12,311,329 guineas, breaking the previous record set a decade ago, the Adnams July Course accommodated its biggest fixture of the year in shape of the three-day Moët & Chandon […]

Darley, the 2016 stallion parade

Darley, the 2016 stallion parade

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Each July the famous Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket hosts a showcase of Sheikh Mohammed’s breeding operation. A mere once a year our eyes are allowed to feast on the Darley stallions, against a setting of champagne, a string quartet and top quality cuisine.

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Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse showdown in pictures

Sandown’s Coral-Eclipse showdown in pictures

Only a short visual blog post for today: a visual impression of Sandown’s richest meeting, with Hawkbill carrying the Godolphin flag to victory in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse.

Pakistan Star – the racehorse that set alight social media

Pakistan Star – the racehorse that set alight social media

The horse racing industry is a colourful world inhabited by genuine fans, horse lovers, desperate punters and staff from all walks of life. Yet lifestyle of the racing insiders, those cavalry troops on the ground, remains largely unknown to most of the onlookers. This high […]

Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown Park Racecourse: fashion in the rain

Coral-Eclipse Day at Sandown Park Racecourse: fashion in the rain

As done by the professionals.
The wet-look, as done by the professionals.

Every. Single. Time. Every time it rains during a mid-summer race meeting, I wonder why I didn’t properly prepare. After all, the English summer can be characterised by copious amounts of rain. The result is getting soaked, Great-Britain style. Maybe I should leave England (I am a foreigner after all), in search for warmer lands.

With Sandown’s richest fixture scheduled for tomorrow, rain is to be expected. It will be a mild 18 degrees Celsius, but rain nonetheless. In (sun)light of this, I will provide a couple of handy tricks that I’ve picked up along the way, that might aid you in your survival of an English summer at the track.

Let’s start at the top: if one chooses to wear a hat, which is optional with no official dress code implemented, make sure it will withstand the rain. Most labels should provide you with enough information. Unfortunately, the majority of labels will say: ‘do not wear in the rain’, indicating that there is a strong possibility of dye leaking down your face; not the most flattering look. Personally, when there is a prediction of rain, I choose to refrain from wearing a hat, and opt for waterproof hair instead.

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First: Royal Ascot

First: Royal Ascot

The worldly Royal Ascot carnival, version 2016, is over. Done and dusted. The social and horse racing highlight of the year, producing five days packed with top quality performances of human and equine athletes alike, did not disappoint. My personal highlights, strong races and incredible performances are […]

Royal Ascot 2016 – a historical presentation of Britain’s most iconic racecourse

Royal Ascot 2016 – a historical presentation of Britain’s most iconic racecourse

Start your Royal Ascot Racecourse history journey: Due to my imminent BSc exam period, which culminates in the week of Royal Ascot 2016, I have refrained from posting any content/adventures on this space. However, I’m back! Nearly. After Royal Ascot, that is. Nonetheless, let this post be […]

The first leg of the British Classics: Newmarket’s Guineas meeting in pictures

The first leg of the British Classics: Newmarket’s Guineas meeting in pictures

 

From running up stairs in barely contained anticipation, to the sharp intake of breath when favourite Jack Hobbs was pulled up in the last furlong: unbridled emotion was the key ingredient at the Rowley Mile.

It had been a while. Time had passed since I got the chance to roam around the race course, discovering new spots and moments as I went along. Actively searching for those seconds when horse and companion are unaware of their surroundings, focussed or relaxed, but most of all: blissfully unaware of the looming camera.

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“Riding horses is all I’ve done, it’s all I know” – The life of Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton

“Riding horses is all I’ve done, it’s all I know” – The life of Hong Kong jockey Zac Purton

As the racing world turned its head to South East Asia today for the Group 1 APQEII Cup in Hong Kong and the Singapore Group 1 Lion City Cup, I turned to Hong Kong’s ex-Champion jockey: the Australian Zac Purton.   “I love to eat,” […]


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