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A Day at the Races

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Published December 22nd 2011

Do you like the GG's? Do you appreciate the physique of a fit and healthy horse? Do you have a thing for jockeys and their colourful clothing? Do you like hanging around the rich and influential? If you dream about winning a motza on a long shot or just like hanging out with friends and family while having a drink and a snack, then a day at the races might be for you.

If you've never been to a thoroughbred horse race meeting, then you're in for a revelation. It's a bit like going to the pub, but with fields of horses thundering down a racetrack every 35 minutes and with lots of well dressed people getting very excited as the horses charge past the finishing post.

Now, there is a secret of when to go to a race meeting. Just between you and me, mid week meetings are mostly free to enter. Yes, free. Mid week meetings might not have the atmosphere of a big Saturday carnival event, but it's still a great venue to go out with a mate, a few friends or take the kiddies to see some horsies and relax for a few drinks, a flutter and ogle at some of the passing parade of the celebrities, professional punters, the rich and idle and the odd bit of fine horse flesh.

There are several courses around Sydney; Randwick, Rosehill, Warwick Farm and Canterbury all have regular horse racing meetings while harness races are regularly held at Bankstown Pace Way.

All these venues have a range of bars and food outlets, air conditioned seating or outdoor tables and chairs to relax and view the proceedings in the sunshine (preferably).

Of course, if you do want to make a splash, then you can put on your best outfit and parade around. You can also buy a premium hospitality package including admission, reserved table, buffet seafood lunch and drinks including wines and beer all from $145.00.

You can stay as long as want, come and go as you please. It's a lot more flexible and relaxing than a day at the cricket or the footy, and for you clever folk that can visit mid week, absolutely free! Bring the kiddies!

Admission on Saturday meetings: $15.00

For information about upcoming meetings head to the website of the Australian Turf Club.

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Why? Get excited, get dressed up and check the horses
Where: Rosehill, Randwick, Canterbury, Warwick Farm and Bankstown
Cost: Free
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