The last days of the season see some big name trainers testing their horses over the Knavesmire; astute form watchers have their notebooks to hand especially for the sprint contests such as the Listed Coral Rockingham Stakes and the Coral Sprint Trophy.
Friday means the return of Countryside Raceday, a celebration of countryside activity and produce. Last year we delighted in seeing Maisie the sheepdog herd a gaggle of geese down the track or taking the chance to get close to the birds of prey displayed by eagle eyed falconry. The Countryside Market proved an easy way to get some early Christmas treats.
In recent years, Saturday has become the busiest weekend raceday of the month nationwide so there continues to be a buzz about the grandstands. The Coldstream Guards Pipe and Drum Band have been regular performers during the afternoon and bring the curtain down on the season in rousing style as they mark the Coldstream Guards Association Stakes.
Most of us love the anticipation and carnival atmosphere of a big sporting occasion. Yet there is also something nice about the relaxed pace of a raceday that offers the chance to catch up with friends whilst enjoying easy access to some of the best views and facilities on the turf. These have been called our “undiscovered gems” and the October Friday fits this description.