During racing season, people come together to enjoy each other’s company, place a bet, have a go at Fashions on the Field and, of course, watch the horses race it out. But there’s no denying that some people “stand out” a little bit more than others. Here’s the nine people you’ll ALWAYS spot at the races:
The “Just Here For A Good Time” Friend
You know the one. They tag along to have a good time, no matter what event it is. You’ll find this person lapping up the atmosphere, shouting everyone drinks, talking to every person that walks by and somehow managing to give sage advice on a horse they’ve never heard of before today. This is a friend you can take anywhere – they’ll enjoy themselves trackside no matter what!
The Inappropriate Dresser
There’s always one person who flouts the dress code and doesn’t care who knows it! They rock up in the shortest dress you’ve ever seen with cut-out detailing and lots of cleavage, or they try to get away with wearing a Ralph Lauren polo shirt. Gentle reminder: having a horse on your shirt doesn’t mean you’re good to go! Those things might be perfectly fine for clubbing but they’re just a no-go at the rack. Racy is not racewear, people!
The “I’m Feeling Lucky” Newbie
This person is fixated on winning. Not just a few dollars, mind you – they’re going to be rolling in it because, hey, it’s the races! They place bets on every race, certain this will be the bet to change their life. When the race actually starts, they forget who they’ve actually bet on and just wave their tickets in the air in excitement. They’re feeling lucky!
The Expert Punter
This person has ALL. THE. HOOK-UPS. They’re the one you go to when you’re unsure of your betting game. “Mate, race seven is going to go off! You need to barrack Your Sister’s Mama.” You know you can trust them because they’re at the race course any chance they get and they always win the big $$$.
The Person Who Has No Idea
“What IS a trifecta? What IS a place bet? What IS a horse?” This person has NO idea what’s going on and just didn’t want to suffer from FOMO. They bet by the names of the horses (“Lady Sparkles and Berry Speckle Smoothie sound SO cute!”) even when everyone tells them the horses are absolute shockers. Oh well, they’ll just have to learn the hard way.
This is the guy you need to watch out for. His ego is so over-inflated, he’s bragging about winning three races before they’ve even started. Not to mention he has eyes for your friend and OMG, he wants to take her home. Ew. Plus, his attempt at cutting shapes on the marquee d-floor is failing and oh, look at that! None of his horses won. BYE!
The Low-Key Celebs
Racing season brings people together – young and old, rich and poor, celebs and us “normal” folk. You never know who you’re likely to rub shoulders with! You’ve run into that couple from MKR, and hold on - “IS THAT MICHAEL FROM THE BACHELORETTE?!” Next thing you know, you’re Facebooking everyone to get down here because it’s a game of “Spot The Celeb”.
Miss Fashions on the Field
This girl has more sass on the racetrack than Beyoncé has in Lemonade. She KNOWS what the judges love, she KNOWS what to wear and she had her milliner create her fascinator months in advance. She’s there for one reason: to win Fashions on the Field. Her game face is on and no loose hemline is going to get in her way!
The One That Had Waaay Too Much Fun
Woohoo! Life’s a party and you’re smack-bang in the middle of this person’s. They chug their drink, yours and your friend’s in under two minutes and they’re asking everyone when and where the “kick-ons” are. Calm down, buddy. It’s only 12pm. They’re jumping from group to group and oh gosh, they just smashed their new iPhone. Run before they start crying on your shoulder!