I’ve been a fan of horse racing for many years now but even with that being the case, I’ve not been to a great many UK race courses. The first racecourse I ever went to was Great Yarmouth as a child. It was generally part of a weekend break down the coast; some sun, sea, sand and a bit of a flutter on the horses. Great Yarmouth may not be the most attractive of courses, but I have a tonne of good memories from there involving family and friends, and of course I’ve also had the odd big winner (I swear!).
One memory I always return to was when I managed to get on a 40-1 shot in the last race of the day, only for it to win rather impressively. I only had a fiver on it, but that was enough. I felt bad for the bookmaker to be honest as I placed my bet just before the off, and he looked to be in two minds whether to accept the bet or not. I suspect he remembers paying me out to this day!
In recent years I’ve also quite enoyed going to Newmarket, especially combining it with Newmarket nights, where they ‘very’ occasionally have an act I quite like. Chase and Status are there later this year. That should be a good’un. Some of our most highly regarded courses include Cheltenham, Ascot, Aintree, Sandown, York, Goodwood and Epsom. Check out the wikipedia racecourses page for a complete list of British race courses.