Think Ascot, think Ladies Day, think about all those strange hats and dressing up, think how very British that all is. Sometimes a day at the races can be fantastic fun, me and my friends used to go to Ascot and a few other racecourses every now and then for a big day out.
It’s a bit like cycling, this is the cycle; buy a beer, drink the beer, go down to the betting arena and browse the odds, place a bet, watch the race, throw losing ticket in the bin, buy a beer.
Ascot was, without doubt, my favourite racecourse in the UK, so much so, that’s where me and my friends went for my stag do before I married Mrs Bobinoz.
Surely there is nothing like Ascot or even Ladies Day here in Australia?
- They call it the race that halts the nation.
- It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world.
- This race has been taking place since 1861.
- It was on yesterday and Prince Charles and Camilla were here to watch it.
- It was the 152nd running of the race.
- It takes place in Flemington, Melbourne, and yesterday around 100,000 people turned up to watch it.
- Total prize money for the race is about $6 million, double the amount for the Gold Cup on Ladies Day.
- I have written about it before, it’s called the Melbourne Cup.
But is it like Ascot? Can it be compared to Ladies Day?
Check it out for yourself; it’s certainly a colourful event and an excuse to dress up. And here are some Aussies dressing up…
Anyway, I stayed in.