General , good course for the punter, just avoid the louts in suits and evening dresses at summer evening fixtures - but that's universal I think
1) Great view of expansive track from all stands - giant Screen in addition to make sure you dont miss any action - eg:Doncaster suffers badly from this
2) Paddock parade ring well laid out - raised areas, spacious
3) Wide concourses and easy access to Tote and up to 2-3 lines of bookies
4) Adequate cover from rain when needed
5) midweek racing excellent for novice racegoers - easy access to bars/food etc.
6) free car parking next to course - but be prepared to wait a good half hour after last race before setiing off
7) No pretentions, no-nonsense - eg: Chester a bit OTT on this
1) Food n drinks cost a fortune - never seen a reasonable priced ones anywhere though
2) Can be breezy/chilly so take a coat outside hot summer days - open course right on intersection between two major roads - gets a strong breeze even on calm days
3) Gets more expensive at weekends/evening - disproportionately so, bars take forever to get served and full of louts
Avoid summer nights - things that really cheese me off :
1) just rammed with p*ssheads. I go to see racing not to get smashed, I can do that later. Why people think getting wasted and betting are a good mix is beyond me. Waste fortunes on overpriced booze then stagger about to the bookies, dont even see any races at all - total losers
2) Too many posing women there too - the whole place is full of ladies who havent a clue on horses, betting or any sport - so why the **** go horse racing, just strut up n down the high street in town n save a few quid.
3) Posers just getting in the way at the bookies when you're trying to get a bet on at changing odds - thinking nothing of wasting a lot of money on getting tanked up and new outfit yet putting £1.50 EW bets on odds on favourites and each asking what happens if it comes first second third etc. every frigging bet. Then the next one of their 10 mates comes and does the same sh1t. Look if it wins I'll pay you myself, just get out of the way while I have a bet !!! Whooping like a Banshee and waving the ticket in the air when their horse wins, total of £1.90.
All in all pretty good place to go racing, especially for novice punters.
After visiting a few (Sandown, Epsom, Wolves, Uttoxeter, Aintree, Doncaster, Chester, York), I can say the best value is York, second comes Haydock.
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