The 18th of October saw QIPCO British Champions Day descend on Ascot Racecourse for an afternoon of competitive excitement and highly anticipated racing. Amongst a bustling crowd dotted with crisp white shirts, floral cocktail dresses and the occasional exuberant fascinator, the Fraser Hart Social team was taken under the hospitality of Swiss watch brand, Longines.
The buzz surrounding the day was tangible from the moment the turnstiles opened as young and old alike flooded into the iconic racecourse clutching their racing cards and copies of the Racing Times. Groups of young men headed over to the odds boards, the air filled with the anticipation of the ‘Big Win’ whilst young children skipped over to the Riding school with the hopes of joining the jockeys one day.
Thanks to the amazing hospitality from the team at Longines, we were fortunate enough to pass the day in a Premium box with an intimate number of personnel from Longines, press individuals and representatives from other retail companies. With outstanding views of the race course including a close up view of the finish line, the day passed with excitable cheers for our chosen horses, intense studying of racing odds and the occasional glass of bubbly.
A delicious three course lunch was laid on around midday consisting of smoked salmon, roasted beef and a banoffee flavoured cheesecake – cue unanimous mouth-watering. And to top off an outstanding day, the amazing ladies at Longines had also laid on an Afternoon Tea platter to match no other. Tiny pink and yellow macaroons (rhubarb and custard flavour) and tiny brownie crowns (brownies topped off with red velvet sponge and decorated with icing sugar) sat alongside traditional scones in the perfect mix to sign off the day.
A special thank you to all at Longines who made our day one to remember and a special mention to Noble Mission, the winner of the 2014 QIPCO Champion Stakes.