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.
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.
Of course I couldn’t resist sitting on the scale.
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.
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,
This is Novoman, clear winner of The Cakemark Stakes, getting watered before receiving his winner’s blanket.
And this is the winning jockey Georgia Cox at her presentation and interview.
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.
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).
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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
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
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, 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
Ejat a wonderful day. You look amazing and so happy Liz. Xx
Thank you Christine. It was absolutely brilliant thank you and yes, I'm so happy and feel very lucky! xxxx
WOW it looks like you had the most amazing time, Lizzy!!
And you look absolutely beautiful in that dress <3
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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
Wow what a quality day you must have had – superb photos of a lovely day. x Jacqui