Visit Royal Ascot in 2019
Just imagine yourself at Royal Ascot in 2019, in awe of witnessing the European superstar Enable in action, maybe even cheering on a few Australian horses such as Santa Ana Lane, Trapeze Artist, The Autumn Sun or Redzel and last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling who has the Ascot Gold Cup in his sights.
You could be toasting a winner or two at one of the many Royal Ascot bars named in honour of past Australian big race winners such as Choisir and Takeover Target whilst enjoying the Royal pageantry coupled with high class racing.
And if that is not enough, Grand Racing Tours’ 2019 exciting trip to the UK also encompasses the Irish Derby at The Curragh and the July Cup at Newmarket with many a stable and stud excursion along the way.
Such as time at The Queen’s Royal Stud at Sandringham and Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables plus visits to the English and Irish National Studs and the Tattersalls July Sale as well as the famously beautiful Newmarket gallops and the internationally acclaimed Palace House National Horse Racing Museum.
Departing Australia on June 15, the four week tour also provides the opportunity to wander through the stones at Stonehenge, to marvel at the sights of London and Dublin, to photograph the Rock Of Cashel, to feat on a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle and to shop at the Kerry Woollen Mills.
Past tours run by Geoff Richardson have been so thoroughly enjoyed by participants who have not only loved every day of their trip but who have made life long racing friends whilst cherishing the memories of meeting such racing legends as Lester Piggott and Sir Henry Cecil along the way.
The 2019 tour will be hosted by Geoff with racing writer Kristen Manning who will be aided by some wonderful local guides including respected author and journalist Lissa Oliver and the Newmarket based trainer John Berry.
“It has been a real pleasure to meet Geoff’s tour groups and get swept along by their fun and enthusiasm,” Lissa said, adding that she was “green with envy at the places they’d visited and the people they’d met. Everyone had become close friends along the way and they made me feel so welcome; I look forward to meeting the 2019 group.”
“I am delighted to hear that Geoff will be bringing a tour party to Newmarket,” John said, “especially during the best week of the year here; not only is the racing top class, it is a week during which Newmarket comes alive with the sales and all the social events going on.”
A series of lovely hotels have been hand selected by Geoff and his Grand Racing Tours team and an early bird price of $13,500 includes return airfares (ex Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane), accommodation, breakfast, coach transport, all entries and race day tickets is outstanding value.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.