Right handed, sharp with minor undulations. Generally favours nippy types (though the ground can get testing), plenty of races being won by those who quicken best on the run to the first obstacle in the home straight. Fairly easy fences, with the downhill third last catching out fewer in recent seasons than used to be the case.
Located in stunning rural surroundings of Lincolnshire, Market Rasen is a venue beloved by local racing enthusiasts, who make up a significant portion of its loyal fanbase.
Throughout its history, the racecourse has never had a permanent home until the 20th century. The races would generally take place all over Market Rasen until 1924 when it settled for good in Willinghome Road, where it remains to this day.
The most heartwarming aspect of its history may be the fact that it was the fundraising efforts of four local gentlemen that purchased the 50 acres of land needed to give the racecourse a permanent home - showing just how dear the races really are to the local people.
Due to the shape and design of the track, this racecourse favours horses that are quick and agile thanks to its sharp corners. Amongst other high quality races that have been hosted at Market Rasen is the Summer Plate Handicap Chase, renowned for the beautiful French-bred horse Alcala snapping up £50,000.
A quick track and home to some of summer jumping’s highlights, including the Listed Summer Hurdle and Summer Plate Chase. These often favour good ground ex-Flat horses who are well handicapped, Strong travellers find life a lot easier. When the field sling-shot off the final bend and down into the home straight they really quicken away off the front end and, as its flat, they don’t stop. A gear change is imperative here. The Fences are fair, although the first in the straight can prove the trickiest.
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