A Day at the Races!
I’m a novice, so Uttoxeter Racecourse opened up a new world to me. If you’ve never been to an afternoon of horse racing like me, then why not have a punt on the gee-gees?! The Uttoxeter experience is impressive to say the least.
From Derby, the Racecourse is just a short trot along the A50 and directly opposite the train station, so links to the city are brilliant. We were there in under half an hour, and not that we wanted to leave, but we got back even quicker – maybe due to my companion’s eagerness to get back to spend the winnings which by then were burning a hole in her pocket!
We were given a little booklet so we could ‘study the form’ and read up about the horses and their jockeys. The pictures of the riders’ hats and jackets - or should I say, Silks? - made it easy to spot which colours we were cheering on! If you’re not a serious gambler you can play with small amounts for a bit of fun, or you can up the stakes if you’re feeling a bit braver.
There’s plenty of choice on the nose-bag front. Hog roast, baked potatoes, stone baked pizzas and fish and chips are all available, and there are three choices of bar if you need to steady your nerves! For a special occasion, how about Hoops Bistro & Champagne Bar? In poll position though has to be the newly refurbished 1907 Panoramic Restaurant, where making a decision which delicious dishes to go for from the a la carte menu can take as much deliberation as deciding which horse to back! At least with the food, everyone’s a winner and the views of the course and finish line are amazing.
Uttoxeter Racecourse is not only easy to access with its central location in the Midlands, but it’s also surrounded by some beautiful countryside. I was surprised to find there is even a Caravan Club site there, but I think I’d be more tempted to stay in the comfort of a nice Derby hotel. I took my wellies to be in with the horsey set, but they stayed in the car as the site is very well managed and appointed, or should that be ‘good to soft’?
Horse racing may be the sport of Kings, but the racecourse is an exciting place for all comers. Next time we’ve got another day free, you’ll find it’ll be under starter’s orders… and they’re off!