5 Myths About Horse Racing

Features | 24th June 2022

Like every sport we sometimes have preconceived ideas on what it’s like but it’s not always the case!

Not everyone has experienced horse racing so might not know just what a great sport it is. 

Here we’re going to bust a few myths that you might have heard about going horse racing and perhaps you might round up the crew and check out what our marvellous sport has to offer!

“It’s just going to be really expensive isn’t it?”

Horse Racing certainly doesn’t have to break the bank.

Of course like any sport there are options if you’d like to splurge a little and experience fine dining and champagne but on the whole, up and down the country there’s great options for all budgets.

Whether it’s kids go free, the ability to take your own picnic or live music included in the ticket price, a day out at the races often works out cheaper than other sporting events.

Look out for group saver tickets, early bird tickets or special offers all over the country and check out our article on great value here. 

Ladies in Newcastle enjoying a picnic

“Do I have to wear a top hat?!”

If you watched Royal Ascot you’ll have seen some top hats on the men and extravagant dress from the ladies but on the whole racing isn’t like that.

Lots of people like to dress up for racing but in the vast majority of places it’s definitely not a prerequisite.

Check your local racecourse as different enclosures may vary, just like different restaurants would, but on the whole wear what you feel comfortable in and have some fun!

“Racing isn’t for people who look like me”

Don’t let any stereotypes fool you, racing is for everyone.

One of the great things about racing is Grandad can go with Granddaughter and across the wide spectrum of roles within racing there are people from every different background.

Whether it’s Khadijah Mellah, Sean Levey, Hollie Doyle or Jack Duern different religious backgrounds, racial profiles, genders or sexualities are making waves in the sport and the fans are no different. 

Khadijah Mellah with her Mother after winning The Magnolia Cup at Goodwood

“It’s just a load of horses racing. Is that it?”

Don’t get us wrong the racing is BRILLIANT… but there’s plenty more going on at a race meeting.

Whether it’s activities for kids, live music or all manner of food and beverage options the sport isn’t just about watching the races and betting, although that can be fun!

The likes of Paloma Faith, Rudimental and Anne Marie are just a selection of acts playing racecourses this summer all over the country. Check out some musical highlights here. 

“I’ve never heard of racing near me”

Perhaps you live in the middle of the city and have never even seen a horse? Well, why not start now?!

There are racetracks big and small within easy reach of all major British cities and you might be surprised that even in remote areas it’s not actually too far to your nearest track.

You can check out our postcode search tool here to find your nearest racetrack, see information about when there’s racing on and get the gang together to experience racing near you!