Etiquette at the Races

New to the races? Debrett's and Newbury Racecourse have teamed up to bring you (almost) everything you need to ensure you are well-prepared for your day with the horses.

And we've got the tips, to ensure no one steps out of line.

1. DECODING THE DRESS CODE
From Ladies Day to the Winter Festival, two separate events can have a very different feel. Don’t make a stab in the dark on what to wear and to take with you. Instead, give the racecourse team a call before you leave home so you turn up appropriately prepared.

Flat or wedged shoes are advisable to save from sinking into the lawn.

2. HATS OFF!
For ladies sporting an extravagant hat at the front of the crowd, spare a thought for your fellow racegoers – an elaborate hat might block their view of the action.

3. HAVING A FLUTTER
It is quite acceptable to chat up the Tote Representative to give you a tip off – this is a great way to start building your racetrack form.

4. POISED IN THE PARADE RING
Refrain from approaching your favourite filly – even friendly looking horses shouldn’t be approached unless the trainer or jockey invites you to.

5. KNOW YOUR HORSE
Familiarise yourself with your horse’s colours, which can be found in the Official Programme, to ensure you are cheering for the right horse when the race begins.

6. TRACKSIDE MANNERS
Once the race has started you can find your voice. Get behind your horse with a roof-raising cheer as he passes.

9. BAR BEHAVIOUR
Pace yourself. It's a long afternoon, so break up your forays to the racetrack, the winning post or the winner's enclosure with a chance to sit down, relax and enjoy the refreshments on offer (Ed - but not too much!).

10. THE WINNING FEELING
Don’t miss the celebration in the winner’s enclosure after the race but keep your winner’s whoops down to a whisper while the interviews with the jockey and owner take place.

 

For more on Newbury Racecourse, click here.

For more information on Pampered at the Paddock Butler Service at this year's Ladies Day (13th August), click here.

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