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    Depending on the day the bookie that is sponsoring the main race usually has a tent where you can win offers, I’ve won free tickets to the snooker, chester races, free beers etc. By playing games etc.

    Good way to pass a few minutes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane fly View Post
    Depending on the day the bookie that is sponsoring the main race usually has a tent where you can win offers, I’ve won free tickets to the snooker, chester races, free beers etc. By playing games etc.

    Good way to pass a few minutes!
    Go every year and had no idea. Cheers

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    Visit the Hall of Fame too, some great history there...

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    If it’s your first time I’d get there for about 11 and have a good walk round whilst it’s a bit quieter. Loads more room in club these days since the new Grandstand was sorted, my favourite viewing place now is to go up the stairs across from the parade ring and through the walk way (there’s a tote stand in the corner) and then stand at the top of the stand. Means you can quickly get back to the parade ring to welcome back any winners. If your driving rather than drinking you might as well drive to the rugby club near course, parking is reasonable and you can get a breakfast rather than pay a fortune for food on course

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faugheen_Machine View Post
    I'd recommend getting to the course at 10:30, it gives you an hour or two to have a walk around before it gets too busy.
    Best advice you’ll get! Nice quiet couple of pints in the Arkle bar before it gets busy is the way to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormez View Post
    Best advice you’ll get! Nice quiet couple of pints in the Arkle bar before it gets busy is the way to go!
    Amen. Couldn’t have put it better myself

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    All good advice. Consider getting the Festival Radio head sets if you're going to spend any time on your own - it's worth listening to. Take a walk around the Shopping Village; there is the occasional gem sprinkled among the tweed and other old fashioned stuff. Watch one race from the Centaur - it has an atmosphere of it's own and worth experiencing at least once.
    If you are going to drive in on Friday then you can pay on the day. However, I would suggest that you leave straight after the Gold Cup because it's going to take 10 minutes to get to your car and that will make it nearer to 3.50. You can always tune into Festival Radio (87.7fm) for the commentary on the Foxhunters (you can get it up to 10 miles away). If you left after the Foxhunters you would be exposed to Friday night traffic on the M5 and, particularly, M42 which would not be good for your nerves. You also need to factor in the 15-20 minutes it takes to return your car and walk to the terminal.
    Last edited by Bayoffreedom; 01-20-2019 at 03:31 PM.

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    Thanks.

    I'd settle for patting Alice Plunkett.

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    Driving from Cheltenham to Brum airport at Christmas and with a sudden accident we ended up making our flight by the skin on our chinny chin chin. I'd allow yourself a decent chunk of time tbh

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    Quote Originally Posted by quevega View Post
    Afraid I'm of no use.

    I drink heavily and don't go in club anymore cos you can't get a pint and a piss. It may have improved since they've decorated.

    And even though I go down every year for at least the Tuesday, I barely watch a race in the flesh. Just on Telly in Istabraq bar.

    I will go and hang around way past the finish line though (where they interview the jockey with a stick before they walk down the path in front of the stands) for first three or four races, and get selfies with the winning horse. If I backed it that is. Sometimes they let you pat them (the horses I mean, not Francesca Cumani)

    Then I get taxi back to Birmingham when the pubs in town no longer want my company. Train home next day.

    PS, You've no chance with the bands bit. It's Irish Rover or Sweet Caroline only. Maybe a bit of Cotton eye Joe if you're lucky.
    Unless there's an underground Jazz/blues club I'm unaware of on course.
    Thanks.

    I'd settle for patting Alice Plunkett.

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