Author: Allison Graham

Subscriber Only Competition July 2017

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHARLOTTE OF LONDON, who won the June 2017 Lucky Dip – we hope you enjoy your Designer Sunglasses and Lippy set! We wanted to do something to thank you for your subscription, so from now on there will be monthly Subscriber-Only competitions, and the only way anyone will be able to access them is via a link on the subscriber newsletter. Each month we will pick a subscriber who has signed up for these exclusive competitions and send them a Lucky Dip prize, so keep an eye out for your Newsletter and follow the links if you’d like to Win! Enter...

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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...

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What to do apart from the horses at Royal Ascot

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...

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Royal Ascot: Fascinating Facts

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...

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Royal Ascot: Race Histories and Conditions

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...

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