Lingfield’s returning crowd had an extra option available as they sampled the race-day experience again – a pint of beer while watching Wednesday’s action.
As crowds returned to four tracks around England for the first time since March, save for two previous pilot days – with sites in Tier 2 of Covid restrictions allowed to host up to 2,000 spectators – it emerged that Government guidance allows for a drink during the racing too.
Along with cinemas, theatres and other sports stadia, courses can offer drinks – without the need for an accompanying substantial meal – as long as they are served in open view of the entertainment.
Lingfield took advantage of the guidance, and so did those attending once they realised they could have a pint with their punt.
Mark Spincer, racing division managing director of Lingfield’s operators ARC, told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s brilliant to see people, and they are working with us.
“It’s a bit of an education programme first day back for customers.
“They’ve probably not been racing since March, and everything is a little bit different, but everybody has been fabulous.
“People can get a drink and take it back to their seat now. We’ve not promoted that. You can get a pint of lager and sit down outside and watch the racing.”