Approx no. of meetings
Rail: from London (5 hours from London, change at Motherwell)
Air: Glasgow airport is a taxi ride away,
Bus from Glasgow (25 minutes)
Railway station to Racecourse (15-minute walk from the nearest train station)
Taxis – Taxi rank outside the course.
A single main stand. On certain race-days there are multiple classes therefore segregation, but as this was a family day this was not in evidence. The Paddock and ring are easily accessible and there are many bars following what appears to be a winter upgrade to the track.
We stayed in Mill at New Lanark and chose to drive to the course, which was spectacular, but there are certainly a number of local chain hotel options.
One ticket type on the day, but normally multiple types, (Paddock, Premium etc).
(1) Return after challenge complete due to the distance from home.
07 May 2017– UK Tracks Visited (26)
We decided as we were staying in New Lanark that the journey was one step too far by public transport and that I, Sir Hoof, would do the gallant thing and drive, which of course means no booze for me. Well, no good deed goes unpunished as they say, and even though the drive cross country was delightful in both directions, we did get punished for driving. When party the car, our very eager parking assistant (first day) decided to leave no spaces between the rows. This meant a reasonable wait at the end of the day for the other motorists to appear to untrap our motor.
The car parking issues aside, Hamilton is a delightful surprise. On the day we visited it was a family event and they had gone all out. Even though Madam Hoof can be a little terse when the ankle-biters get underfoot, the children were on the whole well behaved and a credit to their parents. This was in no short measure due to the efforts that Hamilton-Park had gone to in order to provide entertainment for them. There were no less than 5 inflatables and also face painting and trampolines, a real way to get the kids hooked to the sport.
We settled in the panoramic bar and were afforded one of the best views so far from a watering-hole. The Track is a delightful thing that in many ways reminded me of Salisbury. In fact, of the races was the “Buttonhook” and this nest describes the track shape for those with as milliner’s bent. The thing that makes the track more interesting and also more visible is the amount of elevation in the terrain. The course has a dip in the middle which means for short races, the horses run down then up to the finish. For the longer races, staying sprints and the like, they have an initial downhill followed by a long climb up the button hook, down the hill and finally the lactic-acid laden muscles must make it back up the final three-furlong hill to the finish. This variation makes Hamilton one of the most delightful flat (sic) courses we have yet visited.
As the day went on and the sun shone, the volume level rose appreciably, but this was a friendly track that drew and in and left a lasting memory of a great day of family racing.
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