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1 April, 2020

Grand National

By |2020-04-14T13:18:41+01:00April 1st, 2020|Charity fundraising ideas, Horse Race Night Downloads, Horse Racing Night Downloads, News, Race Night Downloads, Race Night downloads online 10 greyhound races, Race Night downloads online 10 racing pigs races, Race Night downloads online 10 UK horse races, Race Night Downloads UK, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Corporate entertainment may be the inevitable accompaniment of present-day race night events, but the Grand National on Saturday showed that even the privileged may be forced to suffer some of the indignities borne so stoically by Joe Public.  Almost 70,000 people crammed into the archaic racecourse just up the road from Liverpool town centre, and most must have been appalled by the abject misery of facilities offered for a minimum £15 per head in the enclosures.  Heads were about all you could see in most places, unless you were seven feet tall.  The alternatives were to pay £27.50 for a ‘place’ - no seat guaranteed - in the County Stand or, for £50, a more definite spot on the roof of the race night venue.  Other vantage points at more competitive rates give only a fragmental view of proceedings, especially the thrills and spills of the race night itself.  Firms, clubs and race night enthusiasts, bent on enjoying ‘a good day out’ have latched on to British Rail’s race night package.  At only £85, it obviously doesn't include admission to the actual race night itself, but it does include breakfast, dinner and transfers to the racecourse.  Two and a half hours from Euston to Liverpool is pretty good, but it was here that me and my friends were to experience the vicissitudes of life.  The convoy of buses set off in dilatory fashion from Lime Street, but still reached the entrance to the race night around midday.  However, what we [...]

21 September, 2019

The Oaks

By |2019-12-03T12:17:47+00:00September 21st, 2019|Charity fundraising ideas, Horse Race Night Downloads, Horse Racing Night Downloads, News, Race Night Downloads, Race Night downloads online 10 greyhound races, Race Night downloads online 10 racing pigs races, Race Night downloads online 10 UK horse races, Race Night Downloads UK|0 Comments

Visiting the Oaks in September is very different to the hustle and bustle of the Derby.  The actual race night itself was full enough, but it seemed by comparison quiet and deserted; and I had a new sense of space and leisure in which I could take in all the details of the race night.  I imagine that the contrast between the two scenes must always be pretty striking, but this year it was even more noticeable because of the drastic change in weather conditions.  Another difference that forced itself on my attention was the greater prevalence of gypsies.  Caravans lined the road that runs from Tattenham Corner to the paddock and the grandstand.  I attributed this increased activity partly to the simple mathematical fact that, as there were fewer people present to be pestered, there must be more gypsies per head to pester them.  Also, unlike the race night in June, this time I had a lady accompanying me.  It was about her welfare that the gypsies were chiefly concerned.  'Buy the lady a favour, sir,' pleaded one merchant whose stock-in-trade consisted of hundreds of disgusting little race night souvenirs.  I'd hardly even finished explaining to him that the lady would not thank me if I did - a sentiment heartily endorsed by the lady herself - when another (thinking, I suppose, that she looked hungry) suggested that I should regale her with a depressing form of fish which had the appearance of s