Retired racehorse to become the stars at Market Rasen

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RACEHORSES of yesteryear are to parade at Market Rasen Racecourse next month as it seeks to raise awareness about the care of thoroughbreds after they leave the sport.

The appearance by the ex-racehorses will be at the racecourse’s Newcomers’ Day on Sunday April 15 when people who may not have been to a racing meeting before are encouraged to attend.

As well as the parade of former racehorses, there will be behind-the-scenes tours, trips to the start of races and demonstrations of fence building.

As part of the campaign to highlight retired racehorses, the racecourse is to sponsor the two ex-racehorses classes at the 2012 Lincolnshire Show – www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk – on 21 and 22 June.

A special prize will also be given to the highest-placed Lincolnshire rider.

Among those helping in the campaign is Lincolnshire trainer Steve Gollings who always seeks to find good homes for his horses when their racing careers come to an end.

He is also a regular fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, one of a small number of officially designated retraining charities for former racehorses.

Pip Kirkby, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “People in horse racing care passionately about how racehorses are looked after once their racing days are over.

“Former racehorses can make the most rewarding animals to retrain for second careers, be that show-jumping, dressage or simply as a hack for leisure riding.

“We are aiming to raise the profile of retired racehorses with our parade on Sunday 15 April and will also be sponsoring the two ex-racehorses classes at the Lincolnshire Show.”

Anyone with an ex-racehorse who would like to be in the parade on Sunday April 15 should contact Sian Williams, the commercial manager at Market Rasen Racecourse, on 01673 843434 or email sian.williams@jockeyclubracecourses.com.

The racecourse’s efforts are supported by the Retraining of Racehorses charity – www.ror.org.uk – and Nupafeed Supplements – www.nupafeed.co.uk - which is supplying prizes for the Lincolnshire Show and whose products are recommended by many riders and trainers. The prizes are worth £300, including lunch for two at the racecourse.

Entries for the classes at the Lincolnshire Show can be made to Aimee Chamberlin on 01522 585511 or email achamberlin@lincs-events.co.uk.

The next racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is on Sunday April 15: Premier Members £26; County Enclosure £19; Tattersalls £14; Family Enclosure £9. Accompanied children 18 admitted free of charge.  Parking is free. 

More information is at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk. The first race is currently scheduled for 2.30pm, with gates open from 12.30pm.