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    cormack15
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    Interesting debate on Channel 4’s Morning Line this morning regarding the benefits or otherwise or the dress standards imposed by some racecourses regarding the wearing of certain items of clothing in certain enclosures.

    So…

    On the plus side do dress restrictions ensure that certain standards are maintained, making the raceday experience all the better, ensuring that everyone has to get dressed up and creating a real sense of occasion? Is it part of the sense of social occasion that so many people go racing for?

    Or, do dress restrictions alienate an even larger section of the public who’d be delighted to go racing and pay for the privilige but don’t want to be dictated to about what they wear? No dress code at a football or rugby match.

    #1032
    MattWFC
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    I’m in the Club Level and it says that "gentlemen usually wear suits or similar". Is this correct? Should I wear a shirt and suit jacket or will I get away with smart casual?

    #43613
    PAULCS
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    <br>I always thought that it was a case of dressing for the weather….

    #43615
    SirHarryLewis
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    Quote: from MattWFC on 1:16 pm on Mar. 5, 2007[br]I’m in the Club Level and it says that "gentlemen usually wear suits or similar". Is this correct? Should I wear a shirt and suit jacket or will I get away with smart casual? <br>

    a big green hat, a leprechaun beard and a giant green inflatable hammer.

    SHL

    #43616
    CarryOnRacing
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    Tweed and lots of it!

    :biggrin:

    #43618
    clivex
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    LOL SHL

    ill look out for you then

    #43619
    Mounty
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    I’d go for the suit option if you’re in Club, especially on Gold Cup day when people tend to make more effort.

    #43620
    lorddenning
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    The only pertinent dress code is a large wallet. Suits are certainly not obligatory nor in the majority.

    #43621
    betlarge
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    Personally, when at Cheltenham I go for high heels, a little off-the-shoulder number with fur stole, set off by matching stringback driving gloves.

    No, hang on, that’s Hall Green dogs.

    Mike

    #43622
    racinggirluk
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    There really is no dress code for Chelt.. But by going on what everyone else wears in Club, its suits, tweed or very smart..

    If your still not sure email the course or check out there website

    #43623
    graysonscolumn
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    LMAO @ Grasshopper – post of the week, no contest (again!)

    gc<br>

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #43624
    bear
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    Brown brogues, pale blue socks, custard yellow corduroy trousers, red and white check shirt, pink tie, tweed jacket that has seen better days, and of course the battered trilby.

    Won’t get you served any quicker at the bar, but you may blag it into the paddock as Nicky Henderson! Just stare the gateman in the eye and mutter "this is a serious racehorse" in your best Ronnie Corbett voice.

    #43625
    Irish Stamp
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    Sports casual should be acceptable Matt

    #43626
    PAULCS
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    <br>Tweed just looks awful IMO – who on earth buys this stuff?

    Only time I thought it looked slightly ok was when I saw a tweed jacket worn with jeans.

    One thing I won’t be doing is wearing my Best Mate scarf. Spent half of Gold Cup day explaining that I supported Liverpool rather than Aston Villa and I definitely won’t risk it this year as I don’t want people thinking that I’m into West Ham:o

    I’m just waiting for Racinggirluk to slaughter for me for my tweed criticisms as you’re a fan aren’t you?

    #43627
    MattWFC
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    So…I’m still none the wiser!! :biggrin:

    #43628
    zome
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    Quote: from Grasshopper on 6:06 pm on Mar. 5, 2007[br]They are trying to put you away, MattWFC.

    Don’t be fooled.

    The correct attire for Club is a pair of brogues, a gold lame codpiece, a Home Guard-issue gas mask, and a sou’wester.

    The sou’wester should be cocked at ‘jaunty’, to complete the look. <br>

    Hey!  That’s what i’m wearing!

    #43629
    properfences
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    LOL at Bear!  Maybe add just a touch of rouge and some comedy vicar teeth for further authenticity?

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