Special surprise at the course

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Pip Kirkby, General Manager of Market Rasen Racecourse, joins the Rasen Mail today with a new monthly column covering goings-on at Legsby Road.

50,000th visitor wins annual badge

When spectator number 50,000 of 2014 comes through the gates of Market Rasen Racecourse, he or she will get a special surprise. An annual badge to all the track’s meetings in 2015.

That’s likely to happen at the Christmas Food & Gift Fair day on Thursday December 4, an occasion when many visitors are on the look-out for festive presents.

And what better for Christmas than a ticket to every race fixture in 2015. As well as over 20 meetings at Market Rasen, there are 60 free days at other racecourses.

Champ doesn’t pay

The top rider at Market Rasen Racecourse is, unsurprisingly, the 19 times champion jockey Tony McCoy.

His record at the track during the 2014/15 season is phenomenal to date – 15 winners from 49 rides at a strike rate of better than 30%.

But backing all his horses – at level stakes - would be the road to the poor house! You would have lost money.

‘AP’ – as he is nicknamed because of his initials – is pictured with Gerald, the Appaloosa hack from the Scamblesby racing stables of trainer Steve Gollings.

Win tickets to the races

Do you fancy winning a pair of adult Tattersalls tickets to one of Market Rasen Racecourse’s remaining 2014 fixtures which are on Sunday November 9, Thursdays November 20 and December 4, and Boxing Day?

Then answer the following question and email your answer to marketrasen@jockeyclubracecourses.com by 9am on Tuesday October 28. Remember to mention your choice of fixture should you be the lucky winner.

How many British racecourses in total stage jump racing?

Christmas extravaganza

The 26th Leukaemia & Lymphoma Shopping Extravaganza – a great way to get Christmas shopping under way if you haven’t already started – takes place at the racecourse on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Gifts from this event support a great cause. It’s 6pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, including a drink and Rachel Green’s canapés, for £10 and 10am to 3pm on Thursday for £5.

Next racing

Armed Forces Family Race Day is on Remembrance Sunday, November 9, when there will be a child-friendly assault course for youngsters to enjoy.

There is free admission for members of the armed services (on production of their ID), a military vehicle display, Second World War memorabilia, a visit by military historian Andrew Robertshaw, fancy dress competitions and face painting.

Adult tickets can be bought at the newly redesigned website, www.marketrasenraces.co.uk, or by telephone on 0844 579 3009. Advance prices for 9th November, which are discounted, are: County Enclosure £17.10; Tattersalls £12.60; Family £6.75. Savings of up to 25% on on-the-day admission are available on advance purchases. Accompanied children aged under 18 are admitted free of charge.

Did you know?

There are currently 58 operational racecourses in Great Britain – 24 jump racing only, 18 Flat only, while 16 stage both racing codes. There are 3 in Wales, 5 in Scotland and 50 in England. Market Rasen is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire.