National Hunt Racing at Market Rasen Racecourse
Set in the picturesque surroundings of Lincolnshire, just outside the quaint town of Market Rasen in England, the Market Rasen Racecourse is one of the most popular National Hunt racecourses in the country. It is a right-handed course that is just over a mile in circumference and although National Hunt racing events are usually held in the winter, the Market Rasen Racecourse offers all year round National Hunt racing. At present, the racecourse is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year, the Totesport and The Journal Ladies Day, also known as the Toteswinger Summer Plate Day, which takes place on Saturday, 19 July 2008.
The Totesinger Summer Plate Day, or The Journal Ladies Day, is a day that is not only supported in great numbers by the horsemen, but thousands of spectators always show up at the Market Rasen Racecourse for this big day. With a total purse of approximately £160,000 to be won for the day, the most influential stable yards will be sending their best horses to compete, ensuring that Saturday will be filled with exciting racing action.
When it comes to winning horses, trainers like Peter Bowen, who has won two Summer Plates consecutively, will be entering a few horses to increase their chance at success. Many will be looking at the biggest race of the day, with £65,000 in prize money waiting for the winner. The race takes place over a two and three quarter mile course and tests both riders and horses to their limits. The next big race on the race card is the Totescoop6 Summer Hurdle, with a purse of £40,000.
But it is not just the horses who are able to walk away victorious, because as it is Ladies Day spectators are encouraged to add fashion and flare to the day to secure their own winning position in the competitions being held throughout the day. Well known names in racing, such as Mike Vince, Damian Walker (Totesport PR) and Lee Vicker (Jockey) will be on hand to present the racing events and to share their valuable tips and knowledge. With fans, great horses and magnificent racing lined up for The Journal Ladies Day, Saturday is guaranteed to be the event of the year.