October 23, 2017

Hi guys,

As you my have seen on my Instagram and Snapchat I spent the weekend in London for QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. When I was asked to come along I didn’t hesitate to say yes. It had been a few years since I’ve been racing properly, and I’m by no means an expert but it’s always such a fun day out and a great excuse to get dressed up.

British Champions Day in particular is just one of the best racing days in the year and in the world! It celebrates the very best in horse racing which means you’re guaranteed an entertaining day, and, in my case, a good opportunity to lose a lot of money on bets haha! My friend told me that Racinginfo was A leading choice for professional horse racing info & tips online, but, to be honest, I prefer to pick the horses whose name I like the most!

My first challenge was to find a dress. I, of course, went for my favourite colour this year – RED! I picked it up in Starla Boutique, its by the brand Jarlo. I then got a hat to match in Costello and Costello on Drury St. Finding a pair of dressy heels that are comfy is so important for race days – they are usually long days, with lots of walking around (possibly on grass) so avoid stilettos or anything too high.

The day starts with the opening ceremony which included a performance from the amazing Laura Wright, we then watched the parade of the previous champion jockeys, before placing our bets on the first race. The excitement and atmosphere of the crowd is something I won’t forget for a long time. Ascot is by far the biggest racecourse I’ve ever been to, this year Champions Day saw more than 31,000 people come through the gates. The buzz of the crowd was contagious.

My favourite part of the day was the race named after Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen herself is a big advocate of Champions day, and comes every year to award the winners. We were lucky enough to get a really good view of the presentation. I loved her outfit, the pink was gorgeous on her.

The afterparty began just before 5 and this year George Ezra was the main act – and I LOVE him. I got to meet him backstage and we danced along to his whole concert. The perfect ending to the funnest day.

I have a new found love for horse racing and all that comes along with it,

Looking forward to heading to some more fun races in the new year when the season picks back up,

Hope you all had a good weekend,

Lou x

Thanks to QIPCO British Champions Day for inviting me along and sponsoring this post.

Louise Cooney

Fashion, Lifestyle & Travel blogger from Limerick, Ireland.  

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