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I’m a huge fan of the races. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given that it combines three of my greatest loves; champagne, low stakes gambling, and wearing ridiculous outfits. My first trip was to Sandown for a hen do, and I’ve managed to rack up half a dozen trips since then, including a last minute trip to the Derby, and three very memorable trips to Royal Ascot. I love choosing my hat, then choosing the outfit to go with it (the only way to do it). Here are my looks from the last couple of Ascot trips, in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to Royal Ascot this year as I was in San Francisco (yes, my diamond shoes are a little tight now you mention it) so when an opportunity came up to go to another big race meeting this year, I jumped at the chance. The Hennessy Gold Cup (during the Bet 365 Festival) takes place at Newbury Racecourse in November, and not only will I be putting on my cold-weather gladrags for the occasion, you can too!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be my date. I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away, plus a £30 John Lewis voucher to put towards your outfit for the day. They have a contest for the best dressed, so it’s definitely worth putting in the effort!
Of course, given the time of year the weather will be a slight fly in the ointment when it comes to outfits. Unless you’re lucky enough to be in hospitality, the majority of your racing day is spent outside, so dressing up is not as simple as my usual Ascot combo of pretty dress + statement headpiece. Instead, it has to be all about the coat. With that in mind, I’ll be wearing my Collectif Annabelle coat.
I’m now in the process of hunting down the perfect vintage-inspired headpiece to go with it. Newbury Racecourse doesn’t set out strict wardrobe rules like Ascot does, and any smart outfit is fine, but we have few occasions in life to truly dress up, and as far as I’m concerned there is no such thing as overdressed when it comes to the races. Though this will be my first time at this particular racecourse, I have it on good authority (and I’ve seen photos to prove) that plenty of people do opt for smart outfits and headwear. Yay!
If you fancy joining in the fun, enter my competition to win 2 tickets plus a £30 John Lewis voucher.
PLUS, you can also get a discount on any tickets you buy. Just use the promo code FUN15 to get £5 off premier or grandstand tickets for Saturday 28 November, Hennessy Gold Cup Day. Then look out for me on the day!
If you enter by tweet, remember to use the hashtag #WinInStyle and include @NewburyRacing and @gemmacartwright.
This competition is open to UK residents aged 18+.
Your email address will be used for promotional purposes by the Company in question but will never be used by external third parties.
Transport to Newbury Racecourse is not provided.
Offer applies to Premier or Grandstand admission tickets only.
Does not apply to existing bookings, three day tickets and cannot be used with any other offer such as group discounts or bumper packages.
Expires at midnight on 12th November and cannot be used on the day of the event.