This weekend I met up with friends in Cambridge and took a trip to Newmarket races for the first time. The home of horse racing Newmarket is world famous and hosts the classic races the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in early May. This meet was not quite as important but still a great day out for anyone who likes horse racing. The Rowley Mile course, named after King Charles II’s favourite horse ‘Old Rowley’, is perfectly kept and was well attended with punters for the 7 race event.
We studied the horses as they were walked round the paddock and then over to the bookies to place our bets before each race. We pooled our money and each chose a horse per race and by the end of the day we’d doubled our money which paid for the entrance fee and taxi, not enough for the beer though! One of our winners was Klammer who is now bound for Royal Ascot later in the season.
Back in Cambridge we went to the Kingston Arms a great little pub serving real ales and, by coincidence, a great Perry (7.5%) from Broadoak in Bristol which I’d first tried last weekend in Bath. We reviewed the days winners and losers over a few pints of Perry and the odd bag of Pork Scratchings. Just about able to walk by the end of the night we staggered down the road to get a taxi back home. A great day out!