A Turf Paradise in Arizona

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As I am over in Phoenix, Arizona right now, I took the chance to pay the local horse race track – Turf Paradise – a visit.

A compact race track, on the outskirts of Phoenix, I was greeted by a super relaxed, serene and friendly atmosphere. Sure, splendid sunshine always helps; nonetheless, this place has loads of charme: you’re close to the action, entry is free and fair food & drink prices make it wonderful day out.

There were only a few hundred or so people attending this mid-week race day. But as this is such a compact place, it didn’t feel lonely as it can be at bigger tracks on these type of days.

Having the big lens with me on the day, briefly some security guy came up and ask “are you with the media?” – otherwise no bother, and I could take some great images.

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Equipment:

Nikon D7100
Tamron 70-200mm G2
Sigma 8-16mm

A Grand Horse

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An imposing individual – 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John, today at Punchestown Racecourse (Ireland) after a winning seasonal reappearance in the Grade 1 John Durkan Chase.

Nikon D7100, Tamron 70-200mm G2; 70mm, ISO 500, f/4.0, 1/800s

Racing at Down Royal

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A fun day at Down Royal Racecourse in Northern Ireland today – it’s the biggest day of the theirĀ season, so you see huge crowds and tremendous quality racing…. and some funny grannies going wild!

These two lads became a bit a viral hit last night when videos emerged on social media as they also went on a wild ride on the first day of the racing festival.

Today I went down myself and couldn’t believe when I bumped right into them entering the course.

Some more photos from a chilly but beautiful day: