Monday, 12 September 2011


Last weekend was racing Sunday in the Butler household, which meant a trip to Fontwell Race Course for the Family Day racing.

The day did not start too well, only in terms of the weather. Torrential rain greeted our journey to Fontwell, but a little bit of rain did not put us off!

Fontwell racecourse is one of only two figure of eight racecourses in the UK (the other being Windsor), and so we parked in the centre of the racecourse and due to the rain we had our picnic in the car, an experience in itself - however, having been in charge of the catering, i think i did ok and Poppy and Jo survived!

We ventured out onto the racecourse in full wet weather gear and had a good wander around and eventually saw some horses! Having arrived early, we beat the horses, however Poppy eventually got to see some horses and we were off!

As part of the family day the middle of the course had a number of things going on for the kids, so the mandatory face painting was done (while i disappeared to take a few pictures of the gee gees going over the fences!)
By the end of the afternoon, the wet weather gear was off and we were treated to lots of sunshine and a really good days racing.
We have to confess that the few attempts we did have at the Tote did not come off very well, i think the first horse we backed came last, and we are sure the other race we choose to have a little flutter on did not place either!

However, it was a really good day, and even the weather played ball for us, eventually!
We finished off the day with a drive back along the coast, well a diversion really to Bognor Regis for some traditional fish and chips on the sea front!
Poppy, by this time, was fast asleep so missed out on the fish and chips, however she will get the chance to experience fish and chips on the sea front as we are on holiday this coming week, and Bognor Regis will feature a fair bit .. however, more of that in the coming week!

As ever, all the photos of the day are on our FlickR photo page.

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