With the pinnacle of the horse racing season taking place next week in the Grand National and the flat horse racing season not too far over the horizon, it is the time of year when wannabe gentlemen put on their best clobber to hit the course with their mates.
The 2014 Grand National will take place next weekend on the 5th of April, with thousands of amateur punters set to pull-on their glad rags for the three-day Aintree meeting. The historic race itself was first run around 1836 (some historians disagree) at Liverpool’s famous racecourse and to this day it remains there as Europe’s most lucrative jump race.
Known as a handicap-steeplechase-hunt, it is run over a distance of four miles and contains 32 fences for the horses to jump. Usually broadcast in over 100 countries, the tricky course along with its extreme distance has led to it being known as “the ultimate test of horse and rider”.
Famed for being a popular event for once-a-year-racing-viewers who plough millions of pounds into the betting industry through their largely ill-informed betting selections, the Grand National offers a lucrative 1 million pounds prize pot along with a wealth of fame for the winning horse, jockey and owner.
Being such an old and traditional pastime, horse racing events tend to be embraced with more traditional outfits but despite the suited-and-booted reputation of Aintree it is surprising that the dress-code isn’t all that formal, and as long as it isn’t fancy dress or sport-related you’ll not look out of place.
The Grand National usually coincides with the start of the flat racing season which is the same minus the hurdles and runs regularly through the summer up until around October, meaning horse racing events have always been a platform to showcase contemporary gentleman’s fashion.
Here is our Grand National outfit for 2014 which we bet will be a winner during the upcoming season.
Of course, the season stretches beyond simply the Grand National, so in addition- here is our list of key items for the racing season in 2014:
A seasoned racer-goer may find dressing up a bit of a novelty having frequented the course so often, so we have complied a list of a few items which can be taken to any of the fixtures on this year’s calendar.
- A flat cap by G-Star Raw is an accessory ready to accompany any of your outfits, a tuxedo, suit, jeans and shirt- it will always come in handy.
- The perfect coat for the colder race days is the Hackett Wax Kilimanjaro jacket, perfectly insulating the heat from an adrenaline packed race day.
- Horse racing has a country gentleman essence to it and if you want to embrace this then you could use corduroy or tweed items- traditionally associated with country style- to achieve a casual outfit whilst still adhering to course etiquette. A corduroy shirt like the one from Paul Smith is a functional race-day staple ready to be thrown together with multiple outfits and on multiple occasions.