GUIDE TO THE JULY FESTIVAL AT NEWMARKET: The July Festival is one of Britain’s most stylish summer events, with visitors donning their finest attire to complement and enhance the formal garden party atmosphere at Newmarket’s July Course. FASHION Alongside the world class racing, the best dressed ladies, gents and couples vie for an array of amazing prizes in the three-day ‘Style Awards’ as the July Course is turned into a sea of colour and high fashion. Spectacular outfits and hats are everywhere to be seen in the grandstands, on the sun- kissed lawns and around the picturesque parade ring – especially so...Read More
Author: Allison Graham
One of the world’s most prestigious annual horse racing events – the Royal Ascot – is upon us, but there’s far more to the event than just the horses. It’s also about having a great time with friends and family, and drinking and eating to your heart’s content. You’re probably going to need to soak up those flutes after flutes of Bollinger champagne, and this year there’s plenty of fine food on offer. Michelin-starred chefs Phil Howard and Raymond Blanc will be overlooking the cuisine at the Panoramic and On 5 restaurants, whilst the newly launched Village Enclosure will...Read More
For those who love the quirky anecdotes and fascinating facts that make up Royal Ascot, here is a quick selection: Since Queen Anne founded Ascot Racecourse back in 1711, a further 11 monarchs have acceded to the British throne. Mrs Gertrude Shilling was undeniably the premier indefatigable sartorial dame of Ascot (nicknamed The Ascot Mascot), but she has met with competition from all over the world, including in 1976 when Australia’s Dame Edna Everage, alias Barry Humphries, attended with a four foot Sydney Opera House perched on “her” head. Following the successes of Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic...Read More
Royal Ascot Race Histories Royal Ascot is steeped in history and below is a brief guide to the stories behind some of the most famous races: The Queen Anne Stakes (Group One) Founded in 1840, the Queen Anne Stakes commemorates the monarch who established racing at Ascot in 1711. Run as the Trial Stakes until 1929, the Queen Anne Stakes was first awarded Group Three status in 1971, becoming Group Two in 1984. The race, attracting Europe’s top older milers, achieved the highest three-year average rating of any Group Two race in Britain from 1999 to 2002 according to...Read More
Ascot Behind the Scenes There are not only faces of Ascot but voices too, and Raymond Glendenning’s was one of the most evocative in horseracing. Glendenning in fact provided the audio backdrop to many other sports in his long career as a BBC radio sports commentator, including every FA Cup Final from 1946-1963, the football World Cup and the Wimbledon Championships. His distinctive broadcasting style of fast-paced commentary delivered in public school, cut glass tones would eventually fall out of favour as “BBC English” in the 1960s and ‘70s, to be replaced with more regional and less obviously upper or middle class accents. But to hear his commentary today is to be...Read More
- Dapper Dress for Men at the St Leger Festival 2017Aug 12, 2017 | Men's Fashion
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