When it comes to the pinnacle of horse racing, there really is nowhere else to look aside from The Royal Ascot. With its prestige, glamour and excitement, it is truly a royal occasion that simply cannot be missed. It is however, as much a trip for the ladies as it is the men, despite the thinking of many that horse racing is simply for the male punters out there.
In fact, The Royal Ascot even has its very own day for women who enjoy the sport of horse racing, which is conveniently, and just as simply, branded as ‘Ladies Day’. This doesn’t stop the ladies flocking in for the other days of the race meeting however, with the warm weather paired with the opportunity to get the best dresses and headgear out, proving all too tempting. If you have a week away from work, or even just a day, a day at the races offers ample opportunity for fun and enthrallment. With just five races on the card, The Great War (5/4 with Betfair) could be the perfect horse to get you off to the perfect start when betting on ‘Ladies Day’ at Ascot, which is on Thursday. The horse, which runs in the first race of the day, at 2:30pm, has won two races thus far in its brief career, the latest a resounding success at the Curragh under jockey Aidan O’Brien, who is on board once more tomorrow. Another horse that could break the mould on Thursday is Abbey Village (SP), who will be looking to win the 5:00pm race, which is the second to last of the day.
Alternatively, you could opt to go on the weekend day of the meeting, with many race-goers opting to consider that as a ‘Family Day’, with children also attending the event. This could prove to be the perfect day out in the warm weather as a family, all the while staking your bets in the hope of making a bit of extra money whilst having fun.
If, however, you are not able to attend, then you can always place your bets online, with some sites such as Betfair allowing you to stream the races, in order to experience the action from wherever you are. At betfair.com you can place all your bets with the advantage of seeing better odds than on other betting sites, due to the fact it is an exchange market. This means you can not only stake against other people, but also oppose a fellow player’s selection, which is what is known as ‘laying’ a selection.photo credit: gaspi *yg via photopin cc