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Published: June 24th 2006
Well, I did go to the opening day at Royal Ascot 2006.
And most of the Royal family was present, we simply did not travel to or from the track or sit together!
In line with my recent punting form, I did not back a winner all day. However, I did have a fantastic time and the new stand, which they did mention was built to rival Melbourne's "Flemington Park" was fantastic.
Most importantly, "Takeover Target", an Aussie horse won the sprint race. I had backed the Aussie mare, "Glamourpuss" instead. The third Aussie starter was Lee Freedman's "Falkirk" who came in fourth. It was great to be an Aussie on track.
The race card was only 6 races, outrageous! First race at 2:35pm and last at 5:35pm.
Royal Ascot has a straight mile! For the non-punters, that means there is a mile (1600m) where the horses run in a straight line, no turns. In Australia, we have the straight 6 (1200m) at Flemington and Victoria Park but not a straight mile.
The number of top hats and tails was amazing and the women were generally better dressed than at home. No jeans allowed on
The new stand
Early in the day before the crowd arrived
track, nor football jerseys etc so needless to say unlike Melbourne Cup day, there were no "fun" outfits.
And unlike at the Flemington Carnival, most patrons went home sober and not staggering. This is polite English society afterall!
I will write more about my London adventures to date and publish my blog for Stuttgart where I spent 4 days before getting to London very soon. Just could not wait to share news of a great day with you.
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