In horse racing, there are many tales of the newcomer getting one over on the seasoned professional and this should give you a degree of confidence as you start out. Racing is a sport, and one at which Ireland excels; it is also a wonderful social occasion without equal and a very special 'slice of Irish life'.
You will find, however, that a little knowledge is a useful thing. What does a good horse look like? What is the 'going'? What is all this about weights and distance? What is a bumper? Do I wear a hat? Your enjoyment of racing will grow as you begin to know how it all works, as will your appreciation of the great traditions and skills which are part of Irish racing.
Above all, relax and enjoy… Let yourself go!