A packed festive crowd witnessed some fine racing at the traditional Boxing Day meeting at Market Rasen.
The feature race was the £6,400 ‘Clugston Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase’ with seven runners going to post in the testing 3 mile 3 furlong stayers marathon.
Local interest was centred on Brigg trainer Nick Kent’s Around a Pound. The stamina sapping conditions proved too much in the end for the nine-year-old and he was well distant when the impressive Carli King passed the winning post. Trained by Caroline Bailey, the winner was given a cracking ride by Adam Pogson in the saddle.
There was some local money in the next race, the fifth on the card, for The Society Man who always seems to run gallantly at his local track. It seems trainer and Grimsby Town FC director Michael Chapman only has to bring him across the Willingham Road from his Woodland Stables for him to find inspiration.
However in the ‘Happy 40th Birthday Chris Marriott Handicap Chase’ he again left it late and for once managed to finish in fourth and out of the places.
Ten ran in the first race, a selling hurdle. The 11/2 shot King’s Road with Joanna Mason on board took the lead going to the final flight and soon went clear.
It’s Oscar (3/1 f) won the second race, the appropriately named ‘Whatever the Weather Novices Handicap Hurdle’ by four and a half lengths with Nick Kent’s Ivans Back in third.
Benevolent is now at Chris Bealby’s yard but despite recent promise has something to do to match the form showed in his early career when he was an Irish Hurdle winner. Tom Messenger was on board as the 7/1 shot defied some recent poor form for a one and a quarter length win in the third race the Garthwest Novices Limited Handicap Chase.
There was a local winner in the final race. Scamblesby trainer Steve Gollings saddled the six-year-old Make me a Fortune.