With all the fuss made during spring and autumn carnival, it’s easy for the race track to drop off your radar during the summer months. Here are nine good reasons to continue to attend the races outside the major carnivals.
1. Dine like Kings and Queens without the price tag
Most major race clubs offer sensational hospitality packages, from seafood buffets to five star à la carte menus. Better still, the cost usually includes beverages! Outside major carnival time, the rates are generally more affordable. For your next birthday celebration, anniversary or family get together, opt for a quality lunch with trackside entertainment to match (without burning the budget).
2. Less is more in the off-season
Take advantage of the less formal racing dress code in the summer months. Ladies can opt for a simple headband or hair scarf with sunglasses, matched with wedges or a comfortable strappy shoe. Gentlemen can rock chinos and open shirts, with jackets optional at most race clubs if the temperature reaches over 30 degrees.
3. Get up close and personal
With less crowds there’s opportunity to get right to the fence and feel the rush of the horses galloping down the straight just metres from where you stand. Hear the horses’ hooves thunder, the crowds cheer, and be a part of all the action. It’s also the perfect opportunity for a Snapchat or selfie!
4. Gather the squad
This is the time to do your research and see what your local racecourse is offering in terms of group promotions and special ticket offers. For example, Sydney’s Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens are offering a buy-3-get-1-free Ticketek deal for the duration of the summer racing season. Look up your local track to see if there is a similar offer happening in your neck of the woods.
5. Be one of the first to sport new season trends trackside
Once the autumn collections are launched in stores, it’s the perfect opportunity to jump on your favourite designer pieces and flaunt them at the track before anyone else can! Plus, with headwear usually being optional in summer, you can wear your favourite dress without having to worry about matching millinery.
6. More than a racecourse!
Australian racecourses are some of the most-prized land blocks in the country from a uniqueness and location perspective. Don’t forget to look up your local track and see what non-race day events they’re holding. Whether it’s a music festival, new bar, exhibition or performance, it’s guaranteed to be entertainment plus.
7. Add a day at the races to your holiday itinerary
Summer is usually the time you book weekends away to soak up the sun and rejuvenate for the year ahead. Don’t forget to check out what’s happening at the local track wherever you are heading and start your trip with a few glasses of bubbles trackside.
8. The weather is more dependable
In the lucky country of Australia, when it’s summer it’s usually warm and sunny. Take advantage of these ideal trackside conditions and forgo the need to worry about layers when the sun disappears.
9. Become a master of the sport of kings
During the quieter months, heading to the track can give you the time and experience to really become an expert in racing. Read the form guide, hit the track as often as possible and keep an eye on your favourite trainer’s social media channels. By the time the action kicks off in autumn, you’ll be a seasoned pro!