Rasen’s golden racecourse on track for award

Crowds packed Market Rasen racecourse at the height of the 2015 summer season. EMN-151115-175831001
Crowds packed Market Rasen racecourse at the height of the 2015 summer season. EMN-151115-175831001
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Market Rasen’s best known facility has won national recognition and could win a further accolade as ‘Racecourse of the Year.’

The town’s racecourse had a fantastic year of racing in 2015.

It is one of six of Britain’s rural racecourses named as the ‘best in the country’ for owners and has already been awarded Gold Standard status for 2015.

“We are delighted to have been awarded a gold standard,” said Colin Booth, Chairman of Market Rasen Racecourse.

“It has been an important year for us, not least with the arrival of Nadia Gollings as our new general manager.

“We enjoyed our busiest and most successful season of summer racing, with fantastic racing in front of a big crowd at the summer plate meeting in July.

“In August, the Tom Jones concert evening brought us our biggest crowd for 70 years – and what a memorable night it was.

“We have also had some major alterations structurally.”

The accolade, given in a competitive way for the first time this year, comes from the Racehorse Owners’ Association, representatives of which visited every track in Britain at least once between January and early October to assess every aspect of the owners’ raceday experience.

Now the racecourse must wait to see whether the award becomes even greater, as one racecourse from each of the two sections – large courses and smaller courses – will be named as their respective category’s ‘racecourse of the year’ at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards to be held in London on December 3.