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Win an office party at Belle Vue Dogs

Confidential's big night out at the dogs – and win one for your office (up to 50 people)

Published on May 5th 2010.

Win an office party at Belle Vue Dogs

You win some, you lose some, the old phrase goes. But if Confidential's night out at Belle Vue Dogs was anything to go by, a more accurate saying would be, 'some folks win far more than their fair share, while others win bugger all'.

We've got an office night out at Belle Vue Dogs for up to 50 people to give away, including admission, race cards, food and a welcome drink

A couple of weeks ago, a gang of office gambling addicts headed to Belle Vue for a works night out at a Manchester institution. The Belle Vue Dogs have long been entertaining spectators with their lightening-fast circuits and by-a-whisker finishes. The stadium opened in 1925 and is still going strong today – the place was buzzing for a Thursday night with families, couples, groups of pals, and die-hard dogs fans filling up spectator areas.

Being posh, we were led to 'The Stage' area of the Grandstand Restaurant which has fantastic views over the track. Having said that, you get a great view wherever you sit in here – the tables are tiered and the restaurant front is all glass, so you can keep one eye on the races and one eye on your chips.

Waiter service means that your drinks are kept joyfully topped up throughout, and though the food itself is never going to make it into a Michelin Guide, it's satisfying enough if you choose well: the steak, the lamb chops, the cheese board, and the outlandish sundaes were thoroughly enjoyed.

But you're not really here for a fine-dining experience. A night out at Belle Vue is about the dogs, the drinks, and the edge-of-your-seat excitement. There's a real atmosphere to this place: much of the crowd are probably regulars but it feels very welcoming and friendly. Betting is straightforward (even for the type of person who struggles to buy a National Lottery ticket) and winning seems to be more about luck than an in-depth study of form.

Account handler Julie kept selecting the top dogs – she used the highly scientific method of going for the hound whose name she liked best. Sales dynamo Chris wasn't quite so lucky but perseverance paid off. Some of us didn't win a penny but we had a good night anyway.

Speaking of hound names, favourites from the night include: Chrikey Moses, Areyouupneil (there's surely a story behind that, but we don't want to know what it is), Brookside Dancer, and Sporty Lass.

The fun of choosing your hound and watching it bolt round that track means that everyone gets into the spirit of things. And you get to experience a great Northern tradition first hand. There's also plenty of time for chatting in between races. It's a bit like a trip to the pub but one with something really exciting happening just outside the window every 15 minutes.

We've got an office night out at Belle Vue Dogs for up to 50 people to give away, including admission, race cards, food and a welcome drink – just click the button below to be in with a chance of winning.

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Thank you for your interest, but this competition closed to further entries on January 1st 2010.

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