While Cheltenham was taking all of the headlines, there was some success for our local stables last Thursday when Market Rasen staged an extra meeting. The local meeting attracted only a modest crowd on a bleak afternoon, but Newstead trainer Nick Kent had a couple of runners from his local yard. The first race was a Mares Novice Hurdle, with only five runners going to post.Mega Yates, who had finished second and third in listed races, appeared to be in a class of her own and was sent off at odds of 1/12. Kent’s Catlin proved herself the best of the rest and picked up place money in second, with Kielan Woods on board.Kent said: “She ran really well and jumped well. She was never going to beat the favourite, but they went at a slow pace which helped her. “She will still be tired after today’s trip. I have a decent feeling about her and think she will be able to stay further.”Kent’s other runner was Duffy Allen in the fifth race a Handicap Hurdle, … [Read more...] about Market Rasen Racing: Newstead trainer Nick Kent lands prize
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Market Rasen Golf Club’s men’s seniors section held a team waltzer competition in dry and calm conditions last week. Seniors captain Danny Mellor found himself in the winning team along with Eric Finch and Graham Holmes after carding a a total of 82 points.Runners-up Derek Straw, Chris Brooke and Jerry Buttery were close behind on 81 points, while the trio of Keith Borst, Ed Beechey and Tony Cook completed the top three with a score of 75 points. Market Rasen Races: Who What When has the answers to upset favourite in big race Market Rasen Racecourse mourns former director and track historian Jean Lucas … [Read more...] about Market Rasen Golf Club: Seniors captain helps trio to victory
Market Rasen Racecourse has lost a familiar face and leading authority on the track following the death of Jean Lucas, aged 74, earlier this month. The course announced with great sadness last week the passing of the well-respected former director at the track, and racecourse historian after a long illness, fought with characteristic fortitude.Jean’s husband Paul is the fourth generation of his family to have been involved with the course.Jean will also be remembered for her book about the course’s history, as well as her memories of the track, which was reprinted 14 years ago.Peter Thompson, horse racing correspondent of the Market Rasen Mail for the past 20 years, joined the tributes.“Jean was always a welcoming face at the course, standing with what seemed a perpetual smile in front of the waiting room, and always finding time to say hello.“Nothing was too much trouble for Jean and her book was a delightful read to all racegoers. She will be greatly … [Read more...] about Market Rasen Racecourse mourns former director and track historian Jean Lucas
Anticipation is building as Market Rasen Racecourse gears up for one of its flagships meets of the year next week. More than 9,000 racegoers are expected at the family-friendly Rand Farm Park Boxing Day meet next Wednesday, with gates opening at 10.10pm, two hours before the seven-race card gets under way.The day’s biggest prize purse will be in the third race of the day, the Class Four Rand Farm Park Handicap Steeple Chase, which goes off at 1.20pm.But the most anticipated race will undoubtedly come at 2.25pm, the Clugston Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase, held over three-and-a-half gruelling miles.County pride will be at stake, with local punters hoping for more home success.There have been two Lincolnshire-trained winners in the last six years in Soudain and Gonalston Cloud.In 2016, five horses had a chance at the last fence before Gonalston Cloud, from the Nick Kent stables in Brigg, pulled away to take the prize ahead of Amiral Collonges. Last December, Amiral Collonges … [Read more...] about Market Rasen racing: Buzz builds for Boxing Day meet and Lincolnshire National
Following on from the announcement of Craig David headlining at their summer line-up, The Jockey Club Live and Market Rasen Racecourse are pleased to announce another act - ska legends Madness. Nadia Powell, general manager at Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “ Everyone loves Madness and I am sure that the band’s appearance at the racecourse next summer will prove as popular as any of the concerts that we have hosted in recent years. "Jockey Club Live music and racing events attract enormous crowds and with Madness appealing to all age groups, especially families, I am sure their fans will come from far and wide to enjoy a day at the races and the concert afterwards.” Combining the genres of ska, reggae, Motown, rock ’n’ roll and classic pop, Madness have become one of the music industry’s best loved British bands. Fronted by the charismatic Suggs, Madness have enjoyed many hits including; Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love, Driving In My Car, Our House … [Read more...] about It’ll be Madness at Market Rasen racecourse next summer!