12 May 2016
Barbados is the ideal holiday location for white sands, smiling locals and amazing food. It is the destination that keeps me returning again and again, and this year I decided to try something new by visiting the Sandy Lane Gold Cup for the first time.
This illustrious horse race is the most hotly anticipated event on the island's horse racing calendar, popular for both the racing and lively carnival atmosphere that accompanies it, with Bajans and visitors alike enjoying a flutter and a rum punch or two!
The race takes place at the Garrison; an historic race track surrounded by impressive buildings once occupied by British military in the 18th and 19th centuries. They provide great contrast to the contemporary touches given to the racecourse - perfect for modern day racing.
I chose to sit in the grandstand opposite the winning post and parade ring. It doesn’t match the glamour of Ascot, but instead the atmosphere is fun, friendly and a truly fabulous day out with plenty of betting facilities, refreshments and delicious local fish cakes to savour. Crowd participation is fabulous too! The Bajans are passionate people and, as with any horse racing fan, love to get a winner or two!
Sandy Lane Hotel, one of the most iconic addresses in Barbados, offers the finest hospitality in a private box. From here racegoers will join the glitterati in their finery and enjoy true luxury throughout the day.
The horses were mainly from the USA and there were about 10 jockeys in total, all of whom had great determination to win and to celebrate their victory with a lap of the course. Such fun! The Sandy Lane Gold Cup was definitely the highlight of my holiday and I was pleased as rum punch to be a Bajan dollar up by the end of the day!
Senior Account Manger, Chairman's Club
To book your place at next year's Sandy Lane Gold Cup click here.
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016