The blacksmith’s in town, so run on down to the top horse racing events this year

If you’ve never sampled the excitement of a live horse racing event, then 2015 is the year to change that.

There are few things as thrilling as watching your horse race across the line. In fact, the very act of choosing a horse upon which to place your bet can be filled with anticipation and excitement. Perhaps you choose a horse based upon carefully considered odds and a pundit’s advice, focus your attentions on a trainer’s record, or even decide after thinking about the horses’ names and what they mean to you.

Few things make a race day as memorable as those with whom you choose to share it. Watching a horse race with close friends, colleagues or family can make a good day great; no wonder more people than ever are choosing to enjoy their stag and hen dos, birthdays and anniversaries at the races. Whether you indulge in a little light-hearted gambling, taking it in turns to pick a horse and see who ends up getting lucky, or decide to work as a team, the people you choose to surround yourself with on race day can boost the whole atmosphere of the event; discussing the latest Grand National runners with your friends can be as fun as watching that horse cross the finish line.

If you would prefer to simply soak up the atmosphere, there is still so much to enjoy during a day at the races; it really can be an event for the whole family. From stalls, catering vans and competitions to watching the parade of spectators and horses, a day at the races could be the highlight of your year.

Your horse racing bucket list

Events such as the Grand National, held annually in April, Royal Ascot, which is held from the 16th June 2015, Glorious Goodwood, which takes place towards the end of July, and November’s Cheltenham Open are all “must-sees.” If you were to make a bucket list of horse racing events that you’d like to see before you die, it is well worth having any of these right at the top. Wherever you live, there is likely to be a horse racing venue nearby, and some of the most prestigious, such as Ascot, Cheltenham, Newmarket, and Aintree, should be visited at some point in your life.

Have you seen all there is to see in the UK? Horse racing can be enjoyed across the globe; for the keenest traveller, this is a great excuse to see the rest of the world. Whether you’re excited to see the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held on the 30th and 31st October at Keeneland, Kentucky, can’t wait to witness the Melbourne Cup, which is held on the first Tuesday in November, or have been waiting for an excuse to watch the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which will run on the first Sunday in October, the world is your oyster.

Fast-paced, glamorous, and utterly thrilling, horse racing is a sport best enjoyed with friends and family. Whether you’re placing a carefully considered bet, fluttering on a whim, or simply there to soak up the atmosphere, 2015 looks set to be an exciting year for anyone wishing to spend a day at the races.

Section:

Pete White Pete White

Love Shrewsbury editor and chief developer at The Web Orchard, find out more on petejwhite.com

Read More from Pete White