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Five tips for heading to the races

Five tips for heading to the races

Going to a major horse racing event like the Grand National or Cheltenham Festival is always an exhilarating experience in anybody’s life. But whilst perusing the Gold Cup odds can be exciting, the main race events can sometimes be a little costly, so here are some tips to help keep costs down for your trip to the races.

Travel tips

There are many big horse races across the whole of the UK, and thankfully most of them are served by good transport links. Buying rail tickets well in advance can take a lot of the sting out of increased train prices, and help avoid the sometimes prohibitive car parking fees. And similarly, be sure to check the racecourses’ websites as the likes of the Cheltenham Festival put on handy shuttle bus services.

Accommodation ideas

Similarly, it’s always a good idea to book accommodation well ahead of the big race. Many hotels close to racecourses often put on special offers so that racegoers can split the cost of the ticket and also enjoy a suitably-themed raceday breakfast.

Betting form

Having a flutter on the horses is always a lot of fun, and like most things, doing a little bit of research in advance can reap major financial rewards. Sites like Coral can help anyone to claim Gold Cup glory as the site is already previewing the upcoming Cheltenham Festival so that you can find out all of the tips and information on the horses running at this massive racing event.

Raceday tickets

Going to the races can often feature a bewildering array of ticket prices. If you’re looking to enjoy the comfort of your own VIP box overlooking the finish line, be aware that such viewing opportunities can run into hundreds of pounds. A far more cost-effective solution is to join the crowds in the likes of Cheltenham’s Tattersall Enclosure where you can enjoy the party atmosphere and don’t have to worry about the restrictive and costly dress-code of the more expensive racecourse areas.

Food and drink

As going to the races is likely to be an all-day event, it can often be costly to stay fuelled for the duration. This is particularly so as the Cheltenham Festival is a four-day occasion, and with the prestigious Gold Cup taking place on the final day, the odds are that you’ll need a little food to keep you going. There’s also a massive selection of acclaimed chefs and restaurants plying their trade at such events, but thankfully due to the thousands of people flocking to the races, there’ll always be a fast food joint just around the corner to see you over the finish line!

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