New To Racing Guide

Racing Explained

There's nothing like a day at the races for excitement, thrills and quality entertainment.

Before you leave

First time coming racing? Visit Racing Explained for an introductory guide. There is also an app for Android and iPhone which can help you get the most from your day. 

Check our FAQs of the website to find out more about dress codes, parking and travel information and of course don’t forget to bring your tickets if you've taken advantage of our advanced booking discount! If not, subject to availablility, tickets will be available on the gate.

On arrival

When you arrive (or when you buy your tickets), buy a racecard and all will be explained. For each race, the horses and races will be listed with the key words and figures deciphered. If it's all still too much, just pick the one with the best name and rely on beginner's luck! The racecard also contains a map of the racecourse facilities to help you get your bearings. The racecard will also have adverts and offers for upcoming events. 

The Parade Ring

Also referred to as the Paddock, this is where horses are led around having been saddled, immediately before their race. Jockeys will mount the horses here. Not surprisingly this is the centre of activity, and is great for soaking up the atmosphere.

You can see all the horses for the next race, along with some of the sport's most well known jockeys, trainers and owners having their final discussions before the race. This is where you will spot television crews and pundits as they conduct interviews.

Placing a bet

You will probably fancy a flutter, and there are plenty of bookmakers and tote betting booths on the course. There are lots of complicated bets but you can keep it very simple too! The easiest way to bet is to either place a sum of money 'to win' or to place a bet 'each way' which means you will still get some money back if your horse is placed second or third. Bear in mind however that a £2 each way bet, for example, will actually cost you £4 because you pay for the place bet as well as the win.

Watching the race

All of our Enclosures have a view of the racecourse, so it's easy to get a good view. We also have giant screens across the course. For the very best view of racing, head up to our Panoramic Bar & Restaurant (no booking required, subject to availability). Why not head up, have a drink at the bar and enjoy the view! 

After the race

Hopefully you will have backed the winner and you'll want to rush back to the Winner's Enclosure when they are led in! There's always a great buzz, especially after big races and you'll be able to see the horses being welcomed back by theirs owner and trainer. After most races there will be trophy presentations to the winning owners, trainers and jockeys and sometimes interviews so you can catch all the post race drama.

Between races

You'll be surprised how quickly time goes but if you have time, there are all kinds of good spots to eat and drink including our Panoramic Bar & Restaurant which boasts the very best view of the course. There's no booking required but please note it does get fully booked in advance on the busier days.There are bars and food vendors aplenty dotted around site.


The majority of the bars will be open for a short time after the last race.

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