The final ‘Super Sunday’ horseracing fixture of the spring at Market Rasen Racecourse promises to be the best yet, with an array of attractions aimed especially at first-time visitors to the track.
Families – with accompanied under 18s admitted free of charge as usual – will be able to go behind the scenes, test their jockey skills on a mechanical racehorse, take trips to the start of races and, in a surprise bonus, meet footballers from Lincoln City who reached the FA Cup quarter finals and were promoted from the National League this season.
Lined up for Sunday, 21st May as well are:
A parade of former racehorses, including loveable character Mad Moose, plus a talk from leading re-trainer Jayne Gollings;
A farrier display;
The famous BIG Jigsaw Challenge;
A fence and hurdle display;
The chance to ‘pat the pony’ – that’s the Lincolnshire-based appaloosa horse Gerald (pictured).
All three enclosures at the racecourse – County, Tattersalls and Lawn – will be open, offering visitors a choice of where to watch the races and enjoy refreshments. Adult tickets start at £7.20 when bought in advance.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:
“We’re delighted to be staging a Super Sunday fixture designed not only for regular visitors but also for families who would like to find out what a day at the races is all about. It’s fantastic too that players from Lincoln City will be joining us after their historic season – it will be a real celebration about what they have achieved for sport in Lincolnshire.
“As well as the excitement of the horse races, we are laying on a host of attractions for all the family to enjoy. Especially popular will be the behind the scenes tours, the equicisor mechanical horse and the appearance by our appaloosa horse Gerald.”
Market Rasen Racecourse’s ambassador, teenage jockey Sean Bowen said:
“A trip to the races, particularly on Sundays, is a great day out for families. The thrill of the races and all the off-track activities ensure everyone has a thrilling time. I’ll hope to be there at the racecourse and riding one or two winners.”
Gates will open at 11.50am, with the first race at 1.50pm and the finale at 5pm.
More information is available – and tickets can be purchased - at marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk. Young adults, aged 18 to 24 years, can get half-price admission by registering at RacePass18to24.co.uk to receive a free RacePass membership card. Senior citizens can obtain discounted admission by joining The Diamond Club, with details available online.
At Super Sunday fixtures, children under 12 years receive a free two-course meal in the Brocklesby Suite restaurant with adult reservations booked in advance.
Hospitality packages are also available from £60 per person to include a private suite, hostess, County Enclosure admission, race-day programmes and a two-course Sunday lunch.