Having only been to the races once, a lifetime ago when I lived in Sydney, I was super excited to be invited to Cheltenham Festival by Ladbrokes for Ladies Day. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never got around to organising for myself so when I was invited I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. It was a very early start to the day travelling from London and getting on the tube wearing my outfit for the races I looked particularly out of place amongst the early morning commuters.
Although the weather started off dubious, the sun came out in full force and it felt like the first day of Spring. We were invited by Ladbrokes, and given the full works for the day. On arrival we were treated to a four course a la carte lunch in the Festival Restaurant, complete with the most insane cheese board.
After watching the races on a screen throughout our lunch we decided to get a bit closer to the action and to give the whole betting thing a go. Although backing the favourite, my first bet didn’t go too well but thankfully the second horse I chose won! It was a small victory so I don’t think I’ll be leaving dental school anytime soon to pursue a career as a professional gambler.
The atmosphere at the races was incredible, our hospitality pass allowed us to access the parade paddock to see the horses and jockeys up close. We wondered around making the most of being close to the race course and chatting to cheery random race goers. There must be something about the sunshine, winning bets and a day of drinking that makes everyone you meet at the races super friendly.
Being Ladies Day, I couldn’t not wear a fascinator for the occasion. As the weather held out I opted for a pastel skirt and floaty top. Being ladies day there were some phenomenal hats on show and no shortage of tweed around.
I had such a fantastic day indulging in amazing food and meeting new bloggers. Thank you so much to the hospitality team in the Festival Restaurant for looking after us so well and to Ladbrokes, for those who want to try their luck on the horses future races to take part in can be found here. Thank you Carrie @CarrieRosePR for inviting us all and hosting such a spectacular event. I would certainly go back to the races, I had such a great time and was gutted for the day to be over.