Chelmsford or Cheltenham
|Vintage Hat, Vintage Karen Millen Coat, Vintage Scarf, Jay Ley Gloves available at Furlong Fashion, Chanel Handbag, Jimmy Choo Snakeskin Ankle Boots.|
I wore this outfit a couple of weekends ago for my first ever trip to Chelmsford City Racecourse. We set off from Babworth in the horsebox at 6am, so a simple outfit choice accompanied with a hat was most definitely needed. The hat however ended up being the wrong decision.
If you are looking for inspiration for The Cheltenham Festival then this outfit would be perfect. It is simple and easy to wear, yet stands out from the crowd, with the grey fur adding a touch of luxurious glamour. The hidden bonus is you can also wear as many layers as possible underneath and nobody will know! (Click here for more Cheltenham Festival Inspiration)
It was rather strange and a little exciting, for Scott and I to attend a Racecourse, that we had never visited before. I had no idea what to expect. When traveling to the races in the horsebox you learn to expect that there may be a long walk from the stables, where the horseboxes park to the course itself, especially when visiting York. So it is essential that you ensure you can walk comfortably in your shoes. The walk from the stables at Chelmsford in high heeled shoes was like something from an assault course. It wasn't so much the distance but mainly the steep hill through a tunnel teamed with the wind. I found walking in a straight line, whilst keeping my hat to be a mission in itself, but I made it in one piece. I can only imagine that the tunnel will cause some fun and games for the younger or more temperamental horses.
|Photo courtesy of John Hoy http://www.hoycubed.com/|
I must admit when we made it onto course it did take a few minutes to get our bearings, but after a short walk around the course we were soon familiarised. The course is not laid out like most courses, you watch all of the action from the centre which makes viewing rather difficult. However there are enough large screens situated around the course to try to make up for this. The centre of the course is quite open and the wind was extremely strong proving to be a nightmare for any ladies and gentlemen wearing hats, many racegoers fell victim to losing their hats across the course, myself being one of them. Luckily Scott came to the rescue before it travelled too far from the owners and trainers, so no harm was done apart from a broken feather which is easily fixed.
The course wasn't 100% completed with the ticket office still being painted before the gates opened, and the lack of a handle on the door to the owners and trainers which meant people had to keep letting each other in, I suppose it is a new way of getting to know new people. The facilities were impressive and the staff in the owners and trainers were fantastic. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day catching up with owners and friends that we hadn't seen for a while, with the added bonus of scott's horse Sir Geoffrey running well. I am definitely looking forward to returning again soon to see how things have changed.
Scott has his second runner at Chelmsford this evening for the P J Dixon and Partners syndicate, who are also lying second in the AW Championship owners table, so let's hope it turns out to be a lucky course.
Have you visited Chelmsford City yet? I would love to know what you thought!
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