Nothing beats the vibrant, spectacular atmosphere of a day at the races and yesterday we were given the luxury of attending the evening races at Lingfield Park Resort, for a seven race card courtesy of Red Letter Days. Despite the downpour of rain in the afternoon, the day started and ended with sunshine and high spirits and so we were delighted to venture into suburban Surrey for a day of excitement.
On arrival we were given a tour of Lingfield Park Resort and we were lucky to see the weighing room as well as the jockey’s saddles and weight cloths. It was interesting to learn about what goes on behind the scenes. We picked up on some interesting facts such as the importance of each horse carrying a certain amount of weight for the race. To make sure they do so, each jockey must weigh out before a race to make sure that both they and their kit are the right weight. If the jockey happens to be lighter than the required weight, lead weights are put in a saddle cloth to make up the difference. Once this has happened the horse is saddled up and after the race the jockey must weigh in to confirm that the horse carried the correct weight.
After viewing the weighing room we then took a leisurely stroll around the rest of the resort and were then taken to see the racehorses in the parade ring where we picked up some interesting tips on how to spot a winner. You can usually sense a winner by studying the horse’s form and 'swagger'. A sleek and shiny coat is a good indication of the horse’s wellbeing and a good horse will display a graceful pace and a suppleness.
There was a host of refreshments across the complex and our package from Red Letter Days included a drinks token. We opted for a refreshing glass of wine as we sat and soaked up the exhilarating atmosphere and enjoyed the races.
It was lovely to attend an event where both men and women were dressed immaculately. Smart two-piece suits for men and elegant dresses for women. We too were excited to dress for the occasion especially as we have just launched our new arrivals. We decided that the Belgravia Shirt Dress would be a nice choice for the event. Featuring a pretty painterly style on a loose fitting shape the relaxed fit made it easy to wear whilst the collar gave it just the right amount of elegance and sophistication for the event. The beauty of this dress is that it’s versatile nature means it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Of course we decided to dress it up with a large pearl necklace and a white leather handbag with a delicate gold chain strap. We brought our Black Balham Cropped Cardigan to pair with it but fortunately for us the weather was lovely and warm so we didn't need to wear it in the end. We would however highly recommend wearing this with the dress if there is a slight chill in the air.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out at the races and would like to thank Red Letter Days for giving us this fabulous experience. We would highly recommend it for anyone wishing to enjoy a glamorous event with friends and family.