Set in a rural location, Market Rasen Racecourse has been staging horse racing meetings for nearly 100 years. In 2019, it will host 21 National Hunt meetings, with racing taking place in each of the 12 months of the year.
The course is widely regarded as one of the friendliest horse racing venues and is held in such high-regard by the Racehorse Owners Association that it featured in its top-six smaller racecourse in Britain in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Racegoers may attend race meetings in a variety of enclosures, including the County Enclosure, Tattersalls Enclosure, and a variety of hospitality areas, restaurants, and bars. For midweek meetings the racecourse even offers an all-in-one ticket, so that racegoers can frequent any part of the racecourse they want to. Family days are also big at market Rasen, with a variety of days providing children with entertainment like bouncy castles, whilst there are two designated picnic carparks.
Boxing Day is a very big event at Market Rasen Racecourse, with thousands of people from the surrounding areas choosing to make horse racing part of their Christmas festivities. The Boxing Day meeting usually attracts the biggest crowd of the entire season.
Below are some key facts about the Market Rasen racecourse:
Course Type: Jumps
Current Owner: Jockey Club Racecourses
Marker Rasen Racecourse is a flat, left-handed, almost rectangular course that measures about 10 furlongs in length. Unless the ground rides really testing it tends to suit speedy, strong-travelling types that can lay up somewhere near what is normally always a strong pace throughout. Many horses try and quicken up off the final bend into the home-straight and this can often be a race-winning move if a horse is going better than the ones behind. However, the straight is longer than at many National Hunt courses and you’ll often see horses tying up towards the end to set up some thrilling finishes with any horses that are closing from behind. Therefore, jockeys know it’s all about timing.
Market Rasen stages a variety of meetings throughout the season, with days like the Prelude Raceday and Beer Festival, the Winter Ladies Day, the Beer and BBQ Easter Sunday Raceday, the Family Extravaganza, and the Boxing Day at The Races proving very popular.
However, the most notable races take place during the Summer Plate Ladies Day, with the highlights being the Summer Plate and the Summer Hurdle.
The Summer Plate is a Listed Chase run over 2 miles 5 furlongs and 89 yards. Its most famous winner is Snoopy Loopy, who went on to win a renewal of Haydock’s prestigious Betfair Chase. Snoopy Loopy’s trainer Peter Bowen has also won the Summer Plate a record six-times, with his other winners being Stately Home I, Ballycassidy, Yes Sir, Iron Man, and More Buck’s.
Meanwhile, the Summer Hurdle is a Listed handicap hurdle run over two miles and half a furlong. It was also first run in 1995 and has been won in recent years by horses like Red Tornado, John Constable, and L’Inganno Felice.
Market Rasen Racecourse does not operate a strict dress code, but does offer guidelines aimed at making everyone’s day at the races an enjoyable and memorable one.
If attending the County Enclosure, hospitality areas or restaurants, men must wear a collared shirt, with jackets and ties encouraged but not compulsory. Tailored shorts are also permitted, as the course encourages people to dress with the weather in mind. Do not wear ripped denim, beachwear or trainers, as this may mean you are not admitted to these areas.
Meanwhile, casual clothing is considered ideal for the Tattersalls Enclosure, with inoffensive fancy dress outfits also permitted in this area. If you’re worried about the suitability of a fancy-dress outfit, please ring the racecourse to discuss it.
Market Rasen used to hold point-to-point racing, with runners asked to race left-handed around the inside of the proper racecourse.
Market Rasen Racecourse, Legsby Road, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3EA
01673 843 434