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Day out: Ripon Races.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Those times when you struggle to buy your Dad a birthday or fathers day present because his sock draw is bursting and he's already drunk a lifetime of wine, go to the races. Usually it would be £16 for a ticket into the races but the package we did as a family was £24.50 which also included a free drink, free pie, free racing programme and a £2 bet. Personally I'm not a gambler, I love horses and could just stand and look at them all day. They are beautiful animals and oh my god they can certainly move.

Here is some of my personal tips for betting on horses.

1) Pick a horse that either has a name you can relate to, a rider with a snazzy silk on that's either spotty or pink and purple, or just the horse that is your lucky number. Winning tips...

2) Always back a horse each way. Which means that you still get money if it comes second or third.

3) Have a look at the horses walking around the paddock before and back whichever horse is throwing a paddy because thats the one that will want to just get it done and over with as fast as possible.

Now my dad doesn't agree with this but I won a whole £5.25 today, so the proof is in the pudding.

The atmosphere at the races is so alive. Whether you don't know anything about gambling or you are an expert everyone is playing the same game, and as the horses come up to the finishing line all that can be heard is the roar of the crowd. Hoping that their screams will make their horse run just that little bit faster.

As you can tell from the photos above the weather was very mixed. It's Yorkshire lets not forget, so some essentials for the races would have to include;

1) Something waterproof or a sturdy umbrella.

2) Wearing layers for when the sun does come out and it starts to warm up.

3) A reasonable sized bag with shoulder strap so your arms are free to wave and cheer.

It is an excellent family day out, whether you choose to dress up or not!

I'll be back soon with another post!

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