Another Fun Day At The Tokyo Races

A couple of weeks ago I had such a great day out at Tokyo Race Course enjoying some spectacular horse racing that I decided to go back for more on Sunday 2010.5.23 for the Japanese Oaks, one of Japan’s most prestigious horse races. The weather was wet but I discovered rain doesn’t matter at this amazing course & stadium. It’s a quick (20 minute) express train ride to Fuchu Keiba Seimon Mae from Shinjuku Station on the Keio Line & a 1 minute undercover walk into the stadium.
If you’d like to experience the races too get more information at the Japan Racing Association website

At the Tokyo Race Course entrance with the gold horse statue.

Tokyo Race Course entrance & todays race is The Oaks.

I’m greeted by happy gals at the ticket gate!!

The parade ring surrounded by massive lush trees – feels like a day in the countryside!!

The parade ring is also viewable from the stadium, undercover from the rain.

Getting up close with the horses & jockeys before the race & todays form on the big screen at the parade ring.

The stables are also viewable from inside the stadium.

Time for lunch in one of the many restaurants inside the stadium.

Coffee & cakes also on the menu.

The massive, overwhelming Tokyo Race Course stadium – I almost expected a Star Wars space ship to fly in & dock on one of the platforms!!

And now I decide to go underground, through the tunnel, under the turf & inside the race track..

On the other side, inside the race track – gardens behind the big screen & the view across the track to the stadium.

The rose arch in the gardens.

The kids playground.

The big screen for the big kids.

The stadium from across the tracks.

And here come the horses for the race.

Reporting live on Inter FM.

The winner(s!!) on the big screen – #17 Apapane & #18 Saint Emilion. It was literally a neck & neck race, a photo finish & a 10 minute wait as the officials made their decision – a tie, the first time in Japan Racing Association Grade One race history!!

And a little piece of my history – me learning to ride in Singapore 1968, with a Singapore Polo Club horse handler & my Dad.

It’s in the blood. I’m a disc jockey but my grandfather Richard Perryman was a real jockey!! You can see more about him at the England National Horseracing Museum website
Click here to listen to the 2 reports I did live from Tokyo Race Course on Inter FM..

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