And whilst it is undeniable, that the appeal of the race track or hippodrome of yesteryear is certainly not as foreboding as it once was, the sentimental attachment and overwhelming feeling of nostalgia attached to a hippodrome remains as pertinent within society as ever.
Sure, you can tune into every horse race as it unfolds on your smartphone or sports channel subscription and kick back and tweet about it in your pants but very few experiences are as immersive and encapsulating as visiting a hippodrome and watching the action unfold. Bookmakers whistling away, squinting into the distance to attempt to see which horse is in front and the waft of hot dogs and beer are an attack on the senses like no other and for that reason, the appeal of the hippodrome lives on.
Having been intrinsically linked within sporting culture for the best part of a century, some of the remaining hippodromes and racetracks in Europe and America are pieces of architectural beauty. Here is a rundown of some of the must visit hippodromes in Europe and the US from the horse racing wagering experts of the Horse.Bet portal.
AscotWith its rich Royal heritage, Ascot is part of British sporting folklore, having first held races back in 1711.
Flat racing is the order of the day in Berkshire, on the outskirts of London and the relative who’s who of British society can be found watching the action unfold. Regular visits from the Queen and Royal family only add to the allure of a visit to Ascot, which hosts a packed schedule throughout the UK summer.
LongchampFew races capture the sporting world in the same way the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe does every October, with the fastest horses on the planet doing battle at Longchamp. A racecourse situated on the periphery of Paris, Longchamp first hosted races back in 1857 and it too is a place where the great and the good congregate. Aesthetically, Longchamp is one of the most spectacular hippodromes on the planet and with a full winter and summer schedule, no visit to Paris is complete without a trip to Longchamp.