Christmas Flutter at the Wadebridge Races

Posted on December 14th, 2018

Over time I think we all start to build up family traditions around Christmas. Whether they originate in our own childhood or evolve in adult life, they begin to define the Christmas we create. For us a little Christmas flutter at the Wadebridge races is one of these events. Usually hosted a couple of weeks before Christmas, it is a real local point to point.

A wet and Windy Racecourse

The 2018 Christmas races turned out to be the usual wicked winds, squally showers and glimpses of wintry sun I’ve come to expect. I had dressed accordingly with gloves, hat, welly boots and plenty of warm layers; however I am renowned for being cold if I’m not running around and the family awarded me the prize of most wrapped up, yet simultaneously most cold looking spectator! Despite this I still love to go, it is a part of my Christmas now.  

A few photos from one of the Races

Family banter waiting for the race to start

watching the race at Wadebridge Christmas point to point

Where are those horses Dad, the mist is too thick! 

Watching racing with binoculars

 

First lap, watch the jockey in yellow and black…. 

Point to Point race at Wadebridge Dec 18

Racing down the back straight  as the sun makes a fleeting appearance.

Racing along the back straight at Wadebridge Christmas point to Point

 

Here’s that jockey in the yellow and black racing up to win. Sadly not the one we backed! 

Christmas Flutter at the Wadebridge Races last lap

Sustenance on Offer

Thankfully there is always refuge from the elements between races in the big covered shed where the bookies take your bets and local businesses sell their wares. This is always a winner for the kids as the smell of bacon and burgers cooking draw them in. Due to various alternative commitments we only had Theo and Guy with us this year, but they fleeced us for some good racing grub. I must say I was tempted by a brandy from the bar hosted by our local village pub, however I was sidetracked buying a new farm wax jacket as my Christmas present.  

Photo credit to Theo as I tried on a new farm coat between races

A new farm coat from Wadebridge Races

It’s not about the money

Last year we pulled in a winner, but this year we lost on every race. In fact we considered ourselves lucky if our horse even completed the allotted race. But when you are only betting a couple of pounds on a race it isn’t about the money; it’s about the family time, the banter we exchange and the sense of belonging within one of our family traditions. My face ached, not from the cold but with laughter from the jokes and puns flying between us. Our Christmas flutter on the horses reminded me how much family traditions mean to me and how much fun having teenagers can be.  

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Christmas Flutter at the Wadebridge Races

Christmas Flutter at the Wadebridge Races