Market Rasen is situated at Market Rasen town in the Lincolnshire County of East England. It is a jump-type racecourse owned and run by the Jockey Club Racecourse.
Races in the town were run on different sites between 1828 and 1924, when they were moved to the current course. It was funded by four locals who raised funds to acquire the 50-acre property for a permanent site to avoid the perennial shifting.
A 2008 earthquake did affect the racecourse, but only minor renovations were required and no races were cancelled.
Market Rasen is a right handed track, left handed over a length of 1 mile. It hosts National hunt races only, which run throughout the year despite the race type being associated with winter seasons. A point-to-point race formerly held in the left handed track was discontinued and the track is no longer used.
The course is famed for its family activity atmosphere. Children up to the age of ten are allowed free entry so long as they are accompanied by an adult. Group booking allows visitors to enjoy lower ticket prices, but the offer is in high demand and often requires early reservation.
Road and air access are the most convenient ways to get to market Rasen. Note that the market does charge a parking fee, which is waived for disabled racegoers. Air access can be made in three ways: landing by helicopter at the course with prior management approval, 5 miles off Wickenby Airfield landing for fixed-wing planes or Humberside Airport, 20 miles away, for larger planes.
The Summer Plate is market Rasen’s foremost headline race. It is usually run on the third Saturday of July, the run-up to which creates a palpable buzz within the town. The Summer Hurdle is also held during this meeting. The Prelude Handicap Chase is also a popular race among the track’s loyal race goers.