Racing on Remembrance Sunday is something of a tradition at Market Rasen, and a respectable crowd saw a rare moment in National Hunt racing, a dead heat!
Highlight of the afternoon on the seven race card was the Victor Lucas Memorial Chase.
This was the first running of the event and the first meeting at the course since the death of former clerk John Lucas, son of Victor and part of a family with a long association with the course.
John’s brother Paul and Market Rasen Racecourse Director Jean Lucas carried out the presentation.
The front running My Brother Sylvest took them along at a decent pace, but was finally caught two out and their finish produced the dead heat, with the judge and modern technology unable to separate 6-1 shot Brass Tacks with Daryl Jacob up and the 2-1 favourite Alpine Breeze, ridden by Peter Carberry.
Brass Tacks had been a runner-up on all three recent chase starts, while top weight Alpine Breeze also has a good strike rate over obstacles.
The opening race was the Market Rasen Young Farmers Club Juvenile Hurdle and it saw a win for the 11-2 favourite Kashmir Peak under Dougie Costello.
The 3 year old was making his debut for trainer John Quinn, who produced last season’s Triumph Hurdle winner.
Quinn has a fine record with three-year-old hurdlers and this one looks to have plenty more in him over the smaller obstacles.
In the ABF Soldiers Charity Novices Hurdle, Vale of Glamorgan trainer Evan Williams saddled Barrakilla, the 2-1 favourite, and Paul Maloney on board had to work hard to see off 20-1 shot Timesishard.
The winner ran second in an Ascot bumper then disappeared for a year.
He went close on reappearance at Worcester last time out.
It was a good pointer though that Williams won this race two years ago and considered the long 200-mile journey from South Wales worthwhile.
The ‘Remembrance Sunday Lest we Forget Handicap’ might have seen punters fancy ‘No Panic’ but this race was made for Prophete De Guye to repeat his 2011 win. Under Felix de Giles, he began to mount his challenge two out and was in cruise control after the last for his 11-length win.
Rossmore Lad (13-2) ran on to take second, but the 15-8 favourite Chac Du Cadran, like No Panic, never challenged when the business part of the race arrived.
Farewellatmidnight has had two wins in his career, both at Fakenham, and in truth he had an excellent chance from the off to make his mark here, such was the lack of quality in the ‘Get Married at Market Rasen Handicap Chase.’
Among the runners was the Michael Chapman trained Peak Seasons, who has registered just five wins from 126 career starts.
He was 7lb out of the handicap again here and finished well down the field before making the journey across the road to his Woodlands home.
The Royal British Legion Handicap Hurdle at the bottom of the card saw a win for 5-2 shot Dark Energy.
Another with a poor record - one win since 2009 - he has recently moved to Fergal O’Brien’s stable and the change of scenery seemed to work here.