The Hennessy Gold Cup 2015

A few weeks ago I was very lucky to be invited to attend the
last day of the Bet365 Festival at Newbury races after entering a competition online
and I have to say I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to go as it was
something that would be completely new to me…

The Bet365 Festival, a three day Jump racing spectacular,
takes place at the racecourse in Newbury in late November/ early December each
year. The crowning glory of the event is definitely The Hennessy Gold Cup which
is considered to be one of the highlights of the National Hunt racing season
and a race has taken place at Newbury Racecourse since the 1960s and is held in
high-esteem within the industry alongside races such as the Cheltenham Gold

In preparation for the day I was also gifted a £30 voucher
to spend at John Lewis which came in very handy when it came to deciding on my ‘look’
for the event. Knowing full well that November in the UK was never going to be
anything other than cold and wet I opted for a rather dark, cosy outfit with little
splashes of berry tones throughout. My coat is one that I have had for years
now and really is my go to item when I know I need to look good and the skirt
is something that I picked up from Next a number of years back and that has
always been slightly too small; not anymore! I teamed these with a plain black
Roll Neck Sweater from Next, my Jax Booties from JustFab and a gorgeous Fur Collar
from Missguided (I’ve linked a similar one as mine is no longer in stock). I
kept my makeup very simple but used my John Lewis voucher to procure one of
Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Love Liberty & also the
Lip Cheat Pencil in Crazy in Love to add a bit of colour to the affair. Paul on
the other hand was a little on the cold side in his suit!

After finally arriving at the Racecourse shortly before the
first race (taxi’s on Gold Cup day are like gold dust), we decided to head into
one the many food & drink venues at the Racecourse, The Crafty Filly and
have a quick drink whilst we planned out our day. The Crafty Filly ended up
becoming our base for the day as it was close by to the Hampshire Stand where
we watched most of the races from and served the most amazing Steak Pies! The
highlight of the day was definitely The Gold Cup itself where the grandstands
and terraces filled to the brim with race goers cheering on their chosen horses
as they made their way around the circuit and over the 21 jumps on the course.
Unfortunately neither mine nor Paul’s selections placed in the main event, but
it was still very good to watch regardless.

There was definitely a party atmosphere back in The Crafty
Filly after the last race as the cocktails flowed and the music played and as
we reflected on our day we both admitted we were pleasantly surprised with how
much we had enjoyed ourselves. Everyone we met on the day were lovely, full
advice and guidance and we never once felt out of place  despite being totally novices and possibly the
most Northern people there!

If you have never been to a race before I would highly
recommend it as it certainly is a lot of fun and I cannot recommend Newbury
enough as the staff there were amazing too. Sometimes it’s good to try new
things out and this was definitely one of those occasions!

Are you a horse racing aficionado or a novice
like me? I’d love to hear your tales below. I’m posting every day this month at
6.30pm and so I will catch up with you again tomorrow, until then though x

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