HORSE RACING: Lincolnshire racehorse aims to break Market Rasen duck

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That could be the motto for Lincolnshire racehorse Ifonlyalfie.

He is entered to race in the RAFBF Midshires Powerchairs Handicap Chase at Market Rasen Racecourse’s annual Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund family fun day this Sunday (August 4).

On the last four occasions when the eight-year-old horse, trained in the county by Chris Bealby, has run at Lincolnshire’s only racecourse he has finished runner-up.

On Sunday, could he be ready to go one better at the fifth time of asking and get his head in front?

He could face opposition in the 3.25pm race from Market Rasen-trained Peak Seasons, a horse from the stables of Michael Chapman. If he runs, the ten-year-old will be making his 142nd start, but has yet to record a win at Market Rasen.

Michael Chapman has also entered Galley Slave in the RAFBF Per Ardua Ad Astra Handicap Hurdle at 5.05pm. He’s twice been a winner at his local track.

Trainers make their decisions on Friday about which horses run on Sunday.

Racing is between 2.20pm and 5.35pm, with gates open two hours before the first race.

There is free face painting, temporary tattooing, balloon modelling and bouncy castle for the children.

All serving RAF personnel can have two free Tattersalls tickets – all they need do is bring their official identification on the day.

Visitors can meet the Benevolent Fund’s mascot Ben Elephant – and there will be air displays from a Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109.

On-the-day prices: Family Enclosure £7.50; Tattersalls £14; County Enclosure £19. Students and senior citizens save up to £4 off admission. Call 0844 579 3009 to book general admission – advance purchase qualifies for a 10% discount. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge.