York Races 2017: A Winning Day Out

Champagne at York races

It was a privilege to be invited to York Races for the John Smith’s meeting last week and choosing my outfit was a fabulous precursor to the day. Everything I wore came from Monks Cross Shopping park near York and I wrote about the contending runners and riders as well as my final outfit choice in yesterday’s post.

We had admission to the County Stand, a formal area in which gents need to wear a collared shirt, tie and jacket. This allowed us to entry to all areas including all food and drink options in the Grandstand and Paddock and Course Enclosure. We went to the recently opened Moet Chandon tent for a small bottle and sat for a while to take in the atmosphere.

York Races, champagne selfie

York Races John Smiths

We were treated to a beautiful picnic and Prosecco platter in the Edwardian Weighing Room, an informal eating and drinking area, that was previously home to riders and officials for over a century.

Edwardian Weighing Room

Of course I couldn’t resist sitting on the scale.

Weigh in at York Races

The picnic was absolutely divine…a salmon and prawn starter, followed by a chicken, ham and asparagus salad, and lemon torte and strawberries.We chose to dine inside because it was a little blustery, but many took theirs outdoors.

The only other time I have placed bets was when I went to York Races some five years ago. The bookmakers are very friendly and are quite used to novices such as myself, so there’s no need to feel daunted. In fact, every official, steward and member of staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We placed a small bet on each of the seven races; Ian choose to look at the form and various statistics, while I picked those with names that appealed. I feel quite vindicated by my non-scientific approach because we each had an “each-way” winner, with neither of our choices winning on the nose.

York Races

York races screen

York Races

York Races

York Races

We were invited to the Parade Ring where one of the Pink Ladies, (herself a former jockey), explained that this is where the horses and riders parade before each race and where the presentations take place,

York Races

York Races, winners enclosure

This is Novoman, clear winner of The Cakemark Stakes, getting watered before receiving his winner’s blanket.

York Races, Novoman

York Races winner Novoman

York races, Novoman in winners blanket

And this is the winning jockey Georgia Cox at her presentation and interview.

York races winning jockey, Georgia Cox

Winners enclosure

From start to finish our day at York Races was perfect. There is something for everyone including families and I really hope it won’t be another five years before I return. Huge thanks to Amy Swales of York Racecourse for organising, facilitating and hosting which made our day extra special.

I’m wearing:
Coral chiffon dress, £22 (sale price), Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Coral fascinator, £25, Dorothy Perkins at Outfit
Floral sandals, £17.50 (sale price), Outfit
Leonie stripe beaded and sequinned clutch bag, £14.50 (sale price), Accessorize
Oversized bloom scarf, £10 (sale price), Monsoon
Earrings, £10 for a set, River Island
Coral nail polish, Revlon £6.49 Boots

Honey bee bracelet, gold, £27, Lizzy O

Pineapple bracelet, gold, £27, Lizzy O

Pineapple ring, gold, £24, Lizzy O (Sign up to my monthly newsletter here for exclusive subscriber discounts at Lizzy O).

Ian and I were guests of York Racecourse. My opinions are always 100% honest and the content is always my own.Thank you for supporting those brands, companies and organisations that support What Lizzy Loves.

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  1. Michelle Tyler
    July 21, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    What an incredible day! It's so lovely to see Ian feature in one of your blog posts Liz. Also how amazing is that picnic lunch? Of course you know I adore your outfit 😉 xxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 21, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      It was absolutely wonderful Michelle and the lunch was divine- every bit of it. And yes, it's lovely to show Ian off and thank you for your lovely compliments on my outfit in the previous post. You're a sweetheart xxx

    • Anonymous
      July 21, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      What a nice picnic hamper! Colourful photos and such a lovely dress you wore. Is Ian also the jockey you are pictured with? It looks like a great day out ☺

      Susan, Dover

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 21, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Susan, the picnic hamper was absolutely delicious and yes, it was a great day out. No, the jockey was just collared (poor man), to come and have a photo with me!!! He was very accommodating though. Ian was behind the camera on that occasion! xxx

  2. Christine Coates
    July 22, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Ejat a wonderful day. You look amazing and so happy Liz. Xx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 23, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Thank you Christine. It was absolutely brilliant thank you and yes, I'm so happy and feel very lucky! xxxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 23, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      It was amazing Suzy thank you. I hope we'll be able to do it again sometime too. And, thank you. I love the dress too, it was so nice trying so many on too before deciding on this one! xxx

  3. mummabstylish
    July 31, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Wow what a quality day you must have had – superb photos of a lovely day. x Jacqui

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