Horsing around at Southwell Racecourse
With race season in full swing, we asked Southwell Racecourse for an interview with one of their racing stars. Read on for some thoroughbred answers from Tenancy the horse.
Where are your favorite places to horse around in Nottinghamshire?
As you know I live next door to Clumber Park, therefore after I have finished my morning training I like nothing better than to visit the local country parks and to have a gallop around Sherwood Forest.
Sherwood Pines is brilliant with over 3300 acres and has a wide range of activities and includes a cafe, cycle trail, cycle hire and children’s adventure playground. I am partial to a bit of music and go down to watch some of the bands play in the summer.
On a nice summer evening I sometimes head off to Blidworth bottoms as there are some nice walks and after my exertions I usually finish off at the local pub, which is called the Fox and Hounds. This is where I chill out by having a few crates of Guinness.
Sunday is my day off and I usually have a ride to the nearby Thoresby market, which is in the grounds of Thoresby Park.
Describe a typical day for you at Southwell Racecourse?
I arrive early at the track around 8am and play 9 holes on the lovely little golf course, which is situated within the racecourse. I find that this helps me mentally relax before racing and gives me the chance to catch up with some of my horsey friends from all over the country. I suppose in human terms I am a modern day version of Robin Hood but in this case my fans take the money off the rich bookies.
After golf I can be found reading the Racing Post and enjoying a jug of Guinness in one of the many bars situated on the course. The bar staff at Southwell are always so friendly and always jump to attention and clear a big space for me as I enter the building.
If I a fancy a snack I go into the pantry where they do some wholesome home cooked meals, these days I usually go veggie and keep well away from the burgers. When I have lots of friends running at the course I book a table at the course restaurant, which provides some delicious meals at a very good price.
And what about the surrounding ‘neigh’borhood of Southwell? Are there plenty of surrounding attractions to enjoy?
On the way to the races I always stop off at The Workhouse which was built as a relief for the Victorian poor and is the most complete workhouse in existence.
On a nice day I visit the Southwell Minster, which is a most impressive building rich in historical and architectural interest.
Just down the road from the minster is the town centre which has some excellent independent shops, restaurants and some of my favorite pubs. I recommend the 16th century inn the Saracens Head and the Bramley Apple: named after my favorite fruit which was first grown from pips in a Southwell garden in 1809 by Mary Ann Brailsford (Clever boy Tenancy. Editor)
Which are the best dates in the racing calendar at Southwell for visitors to trot along to?
My favorite days are the family fun days on Sunday June 2nd and July 14th.
I just adore going on the free bouncy castle and scaring all the kids it’s a lovely way of spending a Sunday afternoon.
Have I told you about my pal Brad (El Bravo) he also owns Nottinghamshire Racing and is a bit of a ladies man, that is why we also like to go to the Newark Advertiser Ladies day on Sunday August 18th.
Away from the racing a gang of us always go to the Beer Festival on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th December its a great way to prepare for Christmas with a great selection of tipples to taste, three great days of racing, and also fantastic live music playing at the end of each days racing!
The racecourse at Southwell has been around since as long ago as 1850.
In 1886, the racecourse had its first grandstand, although riding conditions were difficult. However, in 1897 it was decided a new track was to be made and almost seventy years later a new enclosure stand was built and opened in 1965. The track became all weather in 1989, which is also the year Southwell held an all-weather National Hunt meeting for the first time.
It is now famous for providing the only fibresand surface in the country and also of course with its connection to me.
Does the Racecourse provide entertainment for young colts and filly’s?
Human children are well looked after at Southwell and this year the course have arranged for some Family Fun Day’s starring Peppa Pig on Sunday 2nd June and then with Fireman Sam makes an appearance on Sunday 14th July. Entry for children is free!
These special days provide free entertainment including a large bouncy castle (My favourite); soft play area with inflatable surround, unlimited candyfloss stall, (yum – yum) a gladiator duel, circus workshop and a bungee run (Might give that a whirl).