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Market Rasen Racecourse

19th October 2019

Autumn's most glamorous raceday

 

Put on your best autumn wardrobe, cheer on a winner and join us as we celebrate our first ever Virgin Bet Autumn Ladies Day – a wonderful array of Autumn Chic, Gin, Shopping & Style Awards.


This must-attend event will include fabulous Style Awards, offering an array of prizes. We urge all racegoers, male and female, to dress to impress and enter The Marshalls Yard Style Awards; the competition is free to enter.

 

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUTUMN LADIES DAY LOOK BOOK! 

 

raceday entertainment

 

The event also includes a Gin festival which takes place throughout the day in the Exacta Bar and concessions across all enclosures.

 

Keep and eye out for a GOLDEN LEAF which will be hidden accross all enclosures on Autumn Ladies Day! Find one and you will recieve a free Gin & Tonic! 

 

*One golden leaf per person. Over 18’s only. Management reserve the right to refuse alcohol. For a single measure of gin and tonic only. To be redeemed in the bar stated on the leaf.

 

Please note the Willingham Road Picnic car park is closed for this meeting, the Legsby Road picnic car park remains open as ususal. 

 

The virgin bet AUTUMN LADIES DAY RACEDAY OFFER

 

Don’t miss a true feast with the ‘Best Of British’ Restaurant Experience - only £68 Including VAT Per Person, under 12s only £20! 

  • Raceday admission
  • Reserved Table for the day
  • Racecard programme
  • Betting facility
  • Two Course Set Meal 

 

GATES OPEN: 12:00

FIRST RACE: 14:00

LAST RACE: 17:30

 

THE VIRGIN BET PRELUDE HANDICAP CHASE 

The £50,000 Virgin Bet Prelude Handicap Chase will be run for the 16th time at Market Rasen Racecourse on Saturday, 19th October, one of two feature races on Autumn Ladies’ Day.

First run in 2004, the contest is always a wide open and competitively contested affair over the extended two-mile five-furlong trip.

Three jockeys – four-time champion Richard Johnson, Grand National-winning rider Daryl Jacob and Tom O’Brien - have enjoyed two victories apiece while, among the trainers, Welshman Peter Bowen holds sway with three consecutive wins between 2007 and 2009.

Like the Prelude Hurdle in which no favourite has finished better than second until this year, punters have had a tricky time picking the winner in the corresponding handicap chase. In the 15 races to date, just two favourites have finished first, both of them joint market leaders – Oscar Rock at 4-1 in 2015 and 9-2 chance Vintage Vinnie 12 months later. Three of the successful horses have been priced at 20-1 or longer. The average starting price has been in excess of 10-1.

Silmi was successful under the minimum weight of 10 stone in 2010 for jockey Richie McLernon. At the other end of the scale, Iron Man shouldered top weight to win for rider Paddy Merrigan 12 years ago.

Iron Man was the first of Peter Bowen’s trio of winners. Always Waining followed up in 2008, while Valley Ride triumphed in 2009.

In the latest renewal, the valuable prize headed to the yard of Worcestershire trainer Ian Williams; Royal Village giving Tom O’Brien his second victory in the saddle ten years after his first. The horse’s win was the culmination of a successful summer campaign which had included a midsummer triumph at Market Rasen. The horse was subsequently runner-up in this year’s Listed Betway Summer Plate.

So, who will emerge victorious in the Virgin Bet Prelude Handicap Chase of 2019? It’s certain to be a hot race again, with a good field of runners, and it’s likely once more to be a tricky puzzle for punters to solve.

 

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Event Schedule

Start Times

Race

Distance

Prize Money

2:10pm

CHAMPIONS DAY BETTING AT VIRGIN BET MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (CLASS 4)

2m 4f 139yds    

£6,500 TPF

2.45pm

THE SYMES BAINS BROOMER MAIDEN HURDLE  (CLASS 4)

2m 148yds

£5,800 TPF

3.20pm

RUGBY WORLD CUP AT VIRGIN BET HANDICAP HURDLE  (CLASS 3)

2m 4f 139yds

£20,900 TPF

3.55pm

DOWNLOAD THE APP AT VIRGIN BET NOVICES’ CHASE (CLASS 3)

2m 1f 43yds

£12,900 TPF

4.25pm

VIRGIN BET PRELUDE HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 2)

2m 5f 89yds

£50,000 TPF

4.55pm

THE SEP NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (CLASS 4)

2m 3f 34yds

£8,900 TPF

5.30pm

THE LINCS LOOS “JUNIOR” STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE (CLASS 5)

1m 5f 21yds

£3,500 TPF

The Going

 

Good to Soft, Soft in places.

Dress Code

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