Children go free at Ascot Racecourse all-year-round and to celebrate, here is a checklist for you and your family to tick off when you come to a Race Day:
1. Go to the pre-parade ring
Often a little quieter than the main parade ring, it allows you to have a really good look at the horses up close without their saddle on.
2. Pick your favourite horse
Before a race, pick your favourite horse and then follow it throughout the race.
Keep your eye on your horse as it goes down to the start, watch it as it goes into the stalls and then follow the horse throughout the race. If it ends up doing well, cheer it home!
3. Watch a race on the rail
Pick a spot on the rail somewhere in between the one furlong marker and the finishing line. This is the closest you can get to see these beautiful animals at full speed. Listen out for the thud of the hooves, especially when there are a lot of runners.
4. Visit the Winning Post
The winning post is the most important part of the racetrack and by getting close to it you can cheer the triumphant horse home. If it’s a close finish, you can also have a go at trying to decide which horse has won.
5. Go to the Winners ‘Enclosure after a race
Here you can applaud the winning team and see the lucky owner, trainer and jockey receive their prizes. Often there will be a presentation in the Parade Ring.