The richest racing day of the year at Rasen

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MARKET Rasen Racecourse is gearing up for its biggest jump racing occasion of the year on Saturday – Totesport Summer Plate and Ladies’ Day.

The crowds will descend on the Lincolnshire racing town in large numbers for the showpiece day of high-class horse racing, shopping, and fashion shows.

With £120,000 in prize-money on offer, Saturday, July 16, is the richest racing day of the year at Market Rasen Racecourse, which means the country’s top horses and jockeys will be in action.

The £50,000 Totesport.com Summer Plate is run over two and three quarter miles and is the most significant race of 2011.

The major supporting race is the first at 2.05pm – the £30,000 Totescoop6 Summer Hurdle.

In the public enclosures, there are three fashion shows by the Agatha boutique of Lincoln, shortly before the first race.

Judges will decide between 10 finalists for ‘best dressed lady’ and five finalists for the ‘best hat’ award from those visitors who register in The Journal marquee before 2pm.

Pip Kirkby, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “It’s a delight to be looking forward to our most important horse racing day of the year, and we anticipating a super crowd of jump racing fans on Saturday.”

As for punters looking for a tip in the major races, racing presenter Mike Vince will be hosting his punters panel in the winners enclosure before racing begins.

n Book your tickets by logging on to www.marketraseraces.co.uk or by telephone on 0845 579 3009.