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Racing Explained

Find out what to wear, what to do and what to expect from the action at the races.

Guide to what happens on a raceday

Racing is a sociable sport, so first and foremost enjoy yourself. Have fun and take in the atmosphere.

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What is the Parade Ring?

The Parade Ring – or the paddock – is the place where horses due to race prepare to meet their jockeys and parade in front of racegoers. You can also go to see them in the pre-parade ring where they warm up and prepare to be saddled.

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What is the Winners Enclosure?

Sometimes situated within the Parade Ring, the Winners’ Enclosure is the place where winning and placed horses are reunited with their proud owners. Here, the winning owner, trainer and jockey are awarded with trophies by the VIP guests or sponsors.

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How popular is horseracing?

Horseracing has a long and illustrious history and has been practised the world over for millennia. The sport was popular in ancient civilisations, with chariot racing taking place across ancient Greece and Rome.

 

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Glossary

Gain an understanding of racing terms here.

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