USA / Royal Ascot 2011 Tour - update

Dec 24, 2010

This message is another reassurance that planning for the 2011 Laurel Oak/Tony Noonan USA/Royal Tour is well under way.

The details are being fine-tuned and there is some urgency to do so as we are finding bookings for the Northern Summer much more intense for flights, transport and accommodation than in the past two years, so there is a greater urgency to finalise the tour, ascertain how many people are going, and start paying deposits.

Below is the latest detail of the tour. This is advance on previous information sent out. The broad itineraries are the same but with a little more details.

To help us to the next stage though, we seek your feedback on your intent please.

As this tour is being prepared with a number of options we are seeking your feedback to obtain an idea on approximate numbers within these options. We have made block flight bookings, Royal Ascot bookings, some accom bookings and we need a 'feel' for numbers to make sure that we are in the ball park and cater for the demand. Your feedback is non-committal as we do not expect commitment until we can give you prices.

The broad options that exist are:

· Full tour - Royal Ascot then USA (flying west all the way)

· Royal Ascot only

· USA only (starting in New York)

No doubt there may be individual permutations within those broad guidelines. The latest detail of the itinerary is below but we would be grateful if you could please reply with an indication of your current intent.

With that feedback we should be able have the tour fully costed over the next two weeks and we would be looking for initial $1,000 deposits by mid-January as we will have to start paying deposits to hold bookings.

Royal Ascot leg

The departure date from Australia for Royal Ascot will be Friday 10 June. Royal Ascot starts the following Tuesday 14 June and concludes on Saturday 18 June.

Bookings have been made in the Parade Ring Restaurant for the Tuesday and in the Bessborough Restaurant for the Saturday. These are both high-quality facilities with views of the racetrack (which not all restaurants on the track provide). The Parade Ring Restaurant is in the Royal Enclosure so Morning Suits will be compulsory. The Australian sprinters traditionally race on those two days and on this occasion we may have the bonus of So You Think running as well. Attending on other days will be optional.

One thing we have observed already this year compared to last year is that Royal Ascot is likely to enjoy some post-GFC bounce-back just as the Flemington Carnival did this year and it will book out much quicker than in previous years.

Other plans for the week in London will be:

Fittings for morning suits (on Saturday after arrival)
Visit to Manton training centre if the invitation is received again (Monday)
Visit to Windsor twilight race-meeting on Royal Ascot eve (Monday evening)
Visit to Newmarket Studs (Thursday)
USA Leg of the Tour

Flights have been booked from London to New York on Sunday 19 June. Flights for USA only tourists have been booked from Australian to New York so that you arrive on Sunday 19 June in New York as well.

The U.S. itinerary is: -

Arriving in New York Sunday 19 June. We will leave on Sunday 26 June so that we can take in the Group One Mother Goose Stakes on Saturday 25 June at Belmont. New York will be a blend of formal tours and free time to give you the opportunity to see Broadway shows, museums, sporting events, the shops, culinary delights and more. There is basically no limit to what we can do in this fantastic city.
On Sunday 26 June we will be travel to Washington by coach to see the famous sights of the Capital. If Pimlico is racing a Baltimore stopover will be in order to go racing at the home of the Preakness Stakes.
On Wednesday 29 June we will fly from Washington to Kentucky. In Kentucky we will spend a few days visiting the major studs, On Saturday 2 July we will attend a Group 3 meeting at historic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.
On Sunday 3 July we will fly from Kentucky to Las Vegas to experience this iconic city and visit local sights such as the spectacular Hoover Dam. We will experience American Independence Day celebrations here.
On Tuesday 5 July we will start the journey overland to San Francisco through the magnificent and spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains and include stopovers in Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes or Kings Canyon National Parks.
Arriving in San Francisco on 8 July we will have 3 nights in this spectacular city.
We leave San Francisco on 11 July for a 3-night stopover in Hawaii.
We fly out of Hawaii on 14 July and head home to Mother Oz.
The balance we sought in the USA is to take in 'must-see' sights and cities, take in racing wherever possible, and see some 'unique America' without spending all the time travelling in such a big country. This tour achieves that balance.

As we like to do on our tours, we have a blend of tourism and highlight locations, racing wherever possible, whether at high-profile meetings or not to get a sample of the local racing scene, and stud tours all blended with enough free time to allow you to do your own thing in the places we go to. This would include sight-seeing, recreation such as golf etc as per your individual preferences. Further, we will be doing our homework on high-quality eating establishments to periodically slot in some ''special'' meals along the way.

Accommodation-wise we want to ensure a good standard with the occasional treat of something very special. That overriding mindset has worked brilliantly on the last two Royal Ascot tours and we would like to replicate it in the USA.

So right now with this updated itinerary, which may still be subject to fine-tuning we seek your feedback and your current plans so that we can get a feel for the numbers that we need to book for in the various locations.

Regular updates will continue be issued as the detail becomes clearer.

Best regards

Louis

 

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