Desert Queen is set to bid to retain her crown in the most valuable race of the month at Market Rasen Racecourse. The nine-year-old reigned over her rivals 12 months ago in the most significant victory of her career when she made her first start over fences a winning one in the Bud Booth Mares’ Chase.
The Harry Fry-trained mare enjoyed her first Listed race success in the inaugural running of the race named in honour of the racecourse’s long-serving chairman Colin ‘Bud’ Booth who stepped down at the end of 2016. Desert Queen is the joint highest rated horse among 12 potential runners in the 188bet.co.uk-sponsored three-mile contest on Thursday. Indian Stream is the only other entrant who has a victory at Market Rasen to her name. A major player would be Paul Nicholls’ Antartica De Thaix, with three wins out of four runs during 2017, including one in which she defeated Harry Fry’s horse.
The racecourse’s valuable card on Thursday offers a total of £64,000 in prize-money. The first race is at 1pm, with the finale at 3.45pm.
Adults pay just £12 for admission, with accompanied children admitted free of charge. Young adults aged 18 to 24, who register for a pass, get in for £6. Senior citizens can obtain discounted admission by joining The Diamond Club, with details available online.
Everyone can utilise the County Enclosure, with the best views, bars and eateries – as well as the rest of the racecourse, including watching the horses in the parade ring.