On ‘Love Market Rasen’ raceday on Sunday, which was a celebration of the Lincolnshire town and its community, Brave Spartacus certainly demonstrated his liking for the racecourse.
Four seasons ago he had won the Listed Summer Plate, the feature race at the track every year, and he returned as a 13-year-old on Sunday to land the Mayors Race Handicap Chase at 3-1. That also took conditional jockey Ross Chapman on to four winners this season at Market Rasen.
Trainer Graeme McPherson’s Skipthecuddles could head for next month’s Cheltenham Festival after the 13-8 chance won the Love Lincolnshire Wolds Novices’ Chase under jockey Kielan Woods.
Alan King’s Chosen Path was defeated by Skipthecuddles, but his Dino Velvet took the Market Rasen Town Council Handicap Hurdle at 13-2 for jockey Wayne Hutchinson.
Viva Vittoria had been suffering from ‘seconditis’ – having finished runner-up in three of her four starts – but finally got her head in front as the 7-1 winner of the WLDC Chairman’s Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
A Little Chaos won the opening Love Market Rasen EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle at 2-1, while the only successful favourite of the day came in the concluding visitlincolnshire.com Handicap Chase when joint 2-1 market leader Miss Amelia emerged triumphant.
*The next meeting at Market Rasen Racecourse is an additional one on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival – Thursday, 14th March. The fixture originally scheduled for Towcester Racecourse, which is currently closed, means that visitors to Market Rasen can enjoy watching jump racing live as well as the races from the third day of The Festival on racecourse televisions.
Admission on the ‘County Raceday’ is just £10 for adults when bought in advance. There are also discounted hospitality options, find out more.