The Most Beautiful Race Course in the World?
Next Thursday I will be heading off to (hopefully) sunny California for a belated honeymoon and I will be gone for three weeks. Myself and Mrs MYBP are going on a roadtrip - flying in to San Francisco and back from Los Angeles. The itinerary is completely open and I would welcome any suggestions from readers as to things we must see/visit. The only firm fixture on my list is to be at Santa Anita on 1st October to combine my two favourite activities - horse racing and eating! The meeting has a gourmet food theme with 70 gourmet food trucks in the infield. Sounds like my idea of heaven. I haven't yet informed the missus that we will be attending - but attending we will be! I will get some film to post up on the blog and I will be attempting to land some of those crazy American pool bets!
The last time I visited an overseas race course was about three years ago when I was lucky enough to get to Happy Valley in Hong Kong. I attended an evening meeting there and it was an incredible experience. I was thinking of trying to describe the breath taking nature of a brightly lit race track surrounded by enormous sky scrapers but my writing skills wouldn't do it justice so I have pasted a couple of pictures below.
If you ever get the chance, I give the place my whole hearted recommendation. I had a fantastic evening only slightly marred by being out-performed by the other half on the punting front. Bereft of my usual punting tools, I was reduced to blindly backing the horses of a trainer whose name I recognised. Suffice to say, Mrs MYBP's pin sticking technique was considerably more succesful!
Last week, typically, Charlie Cool managed to win his race when I was unable to attend. He ran last Thursday over a mile at Redcar and romped home by 4 lengths. I've been to watch him on most of his starts but never managed to be at the course for any of his triumphs. On this occasion I was 300 miles south on a jolly in London with a few of the internet horse racing fraternity.
In future, I will organise alternative events for all of Charlie's runs - he clearly doesn't like my face!