Photo courtesy of Jackie Kingdom
Friday, 20th April: Visitors to Market Rasen Racecourse’s ‘Horseplay Raceday’ in May will get the chance to meet a famous winner of the Grand National at Aintree.
Neptune Collonges, the first grey horse for over 50 years to win the world’s greatest steeple chase when he triumphed in 2012, is among the well-known equine names in a parade of former racehorses.
The event also features Mad Moose, who lived up to his name on the track by being a lovable rogue, and Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival winner, Junior.
‘Horseplay Raceday’ takes place at the Lincolnshire racecourse on Sunday, 20th May, a day of fantastic sport, education and fun. There will be show jumping and dressage including a side-saddle display with former racehorse Wild West.
Racing fans will have the chance to win private ‘meet and greets’ with the equine stars, with competitions announced on Facebook in the build-up to the event.
On course for the big day are the real-life version of Market Rasen’s racecourse mascot, Gerald the Appaloosa, and his friend Perkin the Shetland pony. Gerald and Perkin will take part in ‘pat the pony’ sessions throughout the afternoon.
Education charity Racing to School will be providing behind the scenes tours, including trips to the start of races, inside the weighing room and in the parade ring.
Lincolnshire farrier Evan Williams will showcase his skills with shoeing demonstrations, while children can enjoy ‘horseplay activities’ and try their luck on the racehorse simulator the ‘Equiciser’.
And that’s not all. It’s also the official opening of the racecourse’s new Neigh and Play Garden.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:
“We’re offering a wonderful, fun packed, educational day out for the whole family on our ‘Horseplay Raceday’ on Sunday, 20th May. A thrilling line-up of entertainment will be laid on, with many racehorse stars of yesteryear on parade, including Grand National winner Neptune Collonges.”
The fun starts when gates open at 12.10pm, the first race is at 2.10pm and the finale is at 5.25pm.
Neptune Collonges (Dressage): The winner of the Grand National at Aintree in 2012 – his final race before retirement – he took to the equine discipline of dressage thereafter. He now makes several public appearances a year, including at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool during the Grand National Festival.
Junior (Dressage and Hunting) – ridden by Abi Espin-Frith: A winner at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival, Junior ran in the 2012 Grand National and won over £200,000 in prize money. Since his retirement in 2015 he has been hunting with the Holderness in East Yorkshire.
Mad Moose (Dressage) – ridden by Sophie Burkin: A talented racehorse, Mad Moose acquired notoriety on account of his refusing to start and he was retired from racing. He has adapted well and taken up dressage and show jumping and last summer competed at the Retraining of Racehorses National Championships at Aintree.
Wild West (Showing) – ridden by Lizzie Harris: Wild West has enjoyed great success in his second career, the highlight being crowned supreme champion at the Retraining of Racehorses National Championships at Aintree in 2017, when ridden side-saddle.
For further information, please contact:
Nadia Powell, General Manager, at Market Rasen Racecourse, on 01673 843434 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Market Rasen Racecourse, which is part of The Jockey Club, is staging 22 jump racing meetings in 2018 and is a leading conference and events centre in the East Midlands. It has been chosen by the Racehorse Owners Association as one of the top six smaller racecourses in Britain for the last three years. More information is available at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk.
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