Big day out at the races

Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman's new jockey Danny Burton on board The Society Man. EMN-150810-122630002
Market Rasen trainer Michael Chapman's new jockey Danny Burton on board The Society Man. EMN-150810-122630002

Spectators are preparing to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse for one of the biggest sporting days out of the year.

For many people, Boxing Day is a once-a-year chance to enjoy a traditional festive afternoon at the races at the county’s only racecourse.

As well as a packed programme of jump racing on Saturday December 26, including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National, there will be a bouncy castle, a rodeo Christmas pudding and lots more besides.

“Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of the festive season as turkey, mulled wine and crackers; it’s Lincolnshire’s big day out at Christmas time,” said Nadia Gollings, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse.

On-the-day prices for adults start from £10 – and there are discounts for advance purchase; accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge.

Adult tickets can be bought at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk or by calling 0844 579 3009.

The first race is scheduled for 12.25pm; the finale is at 3.20pm. Gates open at 10.25am and advice is to get to the racecourse early.