The horse that won the biggest race of the year at Market Rasen Racecourse in 2014 – the £50,000 Betfred Summer Plate – is poised to defend his title on Saturday.
And, in a treat for racecourse visitors, the new jockey on It’s A Gimme – ridden to victory 12 months ago by the 20 times champion jump jockey Tony McCoy – could be AP’s replacement.
Barry Geraghty started riding for racehorse owner JP McManus earlier this month, but has yet to venture out of Ireland in his new role.
The rider has confirmed to the racecourse he will be in Lincolnshire on Saturday and he potentially has a choice of rides in the big races.
As well as It’s A Gimme, trainer Jonjo O’Neill has entered last year’s runner-up Lost Legend in the feature contest. Vulcanite is another possible mount for Geraghty.
Other eye-catchers among the 23 entries are rookie trainer Dan Skelton’s Pumped Up Kicks and Ulis De Vassy.
Regular Market Rasen supporter, trainer Charlie Longsdon, has also entered a pair, while the veteran in the race is Champion Court.
The crowds will be pouring into the Market Rasen for the Betfred Summer Plate & The Journal Ladies’ Day. Every year the racecourse is close to capacity on what is one of the most popular racing days.
“Betfred Summer Plate and Journal Ladies’ Day will draw a big crowd and it would be the icing on the cake for them to see Barry Geraghty as he takes over the reins on JP McManus’ horses in Britain from Tony McCoy,” said Nadia Gollings, general manager of Market Rasen Racecourse.
Racing on Saturday, July 18, starts at 1.45pm, with gates opening two hours before.
Admission for adults is from £9 in advance.