The Report on the Club Day Out to Stratford Races

21st May 2017

 

Stratford Races Day Out Report

Sunday 21st May 2017

 

Another great day out, this time organised by Nigel.  He had arranged a dedicated parking area for our MGs, in pole position facing the entrance gate.  We all arrived in good time to go out onto the course (before the event program started) to get up close to the fences and Nigel explained the differences between the 'Hurdles' jumps and the 'Steeple Chase' jumps.  We were left to imagine what it was like to be on the horses heading for these jumps, especially after he pointed out where the horses start their leap and then where they land on the other side, rather them than me!!!

 Next Nigel took us into the changing room and saw the pegs with saddles ready to be used, the girls especially enjoyed this bit as the jockeys were not holding back in getting changed ready for their races.  Onwards into the weighing room, an important part of the handicap process!!  A few of us were brave enough to step onto the scales and we could all see the displayed weight, I'm not sure Diane realised this!!!

From there out into the stables area and exercise ring before walking over to the parade ring.  We were all now ready for the racing but how do we place the bets (there were quite a few betting virgins).  Nigel was again on hand to explain the differance between the various bets and the tote or on course bookies, the only complaint was he didn't tell us who the winners were going to be, well I didn't lose too much but the kids might have to forgo their inheritance!!

Our offical photographer for the Day, Graham Robson:

 

 has put together a photo montage video, which can be accessed on youtube by clicking this link:

Stratford Races Day Video

Our 'Cheerleader for the Day - Nigel:

 

 

 

 Into the Changing Room

 

 

 

 Through the Tunnel

 

 

 

 The Parade Ring

 

 

 

The Races

 

The photos above are thanks to Andy Bourne, here are a selection from John Stevens

The Cars

 

 

 

 Nigel gets everywhere

 

 Picnic Time

 

 

 

 Back to the Races

 

Thanks to John for those, now we have a selection from Norman Large

Cars lined up

 

 

 

 Nigel leading the 'Pack' onto the course

 

 Checking the Hurdles

 

 Nigel 'walking on water' at the water jump

 

 Nigel explains the weighing room

 

 Who is risking the scales?

 

 Punters at the Parade Ring

 

 

Thanks for that selection Norman. Now for some of my photos

The Cars before we took the flag down due to the strong wind.

 

 Walking the Course

 

 We can't forget Nigel

 

 A busy day on the course

 

 And now for the Action

 

 Over the Jumps

 

 

 

 

A great day out, thanks Nigel.