Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who made my visit to Ascot Racecourse on the 29th July a thoroughly enjoyable one! Every person I spoke to on the day was incredibly kind and the whole experience is something, I feel, will never be beaten!
We had a short ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the weighing room and I was already star-struck within 5 minutes when Hailey Turner was only a few feet away from me! I believe our tour guide was a lovely man called Kit who had everything organised perfectly so it ran very smoothly for all of us. Then we listened to a gentleman talk about how the scales worked and the rules involved with weights for each horse. It was very interesting to see into the finer details of how my favourite sport is run.
Then came the main event, meeting Caspar. The view from the box was totally surreal. On one side you could see a stretch of trees go into the distant world of Berkshire and on the other side was an astounding view of Ascot Racecourse. Oh and of course, Caspar Lee was there too!
Caspar, the internet sensation with over 7 million subscribers on YouTube, was so lovely to all of the winners of the #StirrUpSummer competition. We stayed to watch the first race with Caspar and he told me his money was on no.3 which was Musical Art, the Irish filly trained by Paul Cole. I was quick to tell Caspar that he had chosen badly and no.2, Dance Diva, would win. In the end, we were both wrong as the 2-1F Nyaleti, trained by Mark Johnstone kicked 5 lengths clear of my horse, consequently leaving Caspar’s horse battling for 3rd place. I’m usually pretty accurate when it comes to the tipping side of things so I had to bite my tongue…
When the time came to say our goodbyes, I thanked everyone for showing such great hospitality. I can honestly say that I was shocked at the genuine nature of every person in that room. It was such a calm and relaxed atmosphere in that box and everybody seemed to get on really well.
Once my Father and I had left Caspar’s box we made our way down to the betting stations and I gave him all of my tips for the races to come, of which I had two winners and two seconds out of! Obviously, I had won the competition with the main intention of coming to see Caspar, but the race between Enable, the double Oaks winner and Highland Reel, the Irish globetrotter, was a HUGE highlight of my afternoon and although it rained, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
It was an absolute pleasure to see the filly Enable skip 3 or 4 lengths in front of Ulysses in a matter of strides. She was a star and I am incredibly lucky that I got to witness her performance in the King George!
All in all, I had an absolutely fantastic day courtesy of Great British Racing, Ascot Racecourse and Caspar Lee. It really was one of the best days of my life and I would encourage anyone to get involved next time an opportunity like this comes along!