Yes, for most people, when they go to the races, they think of decent facilities, bookmakers (in this country at least), and generally racing on turf. Alright, even over here nowadays we have racing on artificial surfaces, generally described as all weather racing (though believe me, it isnt in winter!), but in Ireland, once a year, they have something different, they race on the beach at Laytown!
Yes, you could say its the track with the best watering system in the world, a natural one, controlled by the tides!
Nowadays, they only have short races (up to about a mile) on a straight track, laid out on the beach, after the morning high tide. It didnt used to be the case, there used to be longer races, ran on a circular track, that took events much closer to the sea. Snag was, the sand wasnt always as solid out there, and a number of years back, for safety reasons, they changed it to the current form.
Indeed, on one occasion, many years ago, a horse got loose at the start of one of these longer events, and he went off for a swim in the sea, having discarded his jockey! Yes, I would love to go sometime, but given its generally early September, and I tend to go to the US in mid September, well, its a bit of a challenge! But hopefully one day, while I still can, I will get there.
Whats that, you want to see what its like? How could I ever let you down?
A race from today in fact.