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More than 9,000 people are expected to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse today for one of its most popular jump racing occasions of the year, the Rand Farm Park Boxing Day At The Races meeting.
There’s a packed programme of jump racing, including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National. Like the ultimate Aintree race – the Randox Health Grand National - stamina is crucial for the Lincolnshire National, which is run over a distance of three and a half miles.
“Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of Christmas as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. 26th December is always a very affordable festive day out for families over Christmas.
"I would recommend people to set off in plenty of time to get to the racecourse today. The racecourse is clearly signed, with a number of routes in place and we urge all visitors to follow them and to get here early.”
The gates of the racecourse will be open from 10.05am when the fun begins for a first race time of 12.05pm. The finale is at 3.25pm.
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Spectators are preparing to descend on Market Rasen Racecourse for one of the biggest sporting days out of the year.
For many people in Lincolnshire, Boxing Day is a once-a-year chance to enjoy a traditional festive afternoon at the races at the county’s only racecourse.
As well as a packed programme of jump racing including the annual Clugston Lincolnshire National, there will be a bouncy castle, a rodeo Christmas pudding and lots more besides.
“Boxing Day horse racing at Market Rasen Racecourse is as much a part of the festive season as turkey, mulled wine and crackers. It’s Lincolnshire’s big day out at Christmas time.”
The first race is scheduled for 12.25pm; the finale is at 3.20pm. Gates open at 10.25am and the best advice is to get to the racecourse early.
Visitors should take heed of the well-established Boxing Day traffic management plan:
From Lincoln: Take the A158 (Skegness) road and fork left at Bullington (signed), following the directional signs via Holton cum Beckering and Bleasby.
A46 northbound to Market Rasen: Light traffic is strongly recommended to turn right in Faldingworth and to follow the diversions via Buslingthorpe.
A46 southbound and from Grimsby: Follow signs on to the B1225 (Caistor High Street), and the yellow signage via North Willingham and Sixhills.
A15 southbound: Turn left at Caenby Corner and follow signs.
Now, there was no repeat of last year's win on Aurora's Encore for Yorkshire trainer Sue Smith and jockey Ryan Mania in this year's Grand National.
Today Mania was aboard Mr Moonshine, and led seven fences from home, but couldn't quicken in the run-in.
Mr Moonshine finished well behind the winner Pineau de Re. Mrs Smith's other entry, Vintage Star, and Rose of the Moon, trained near Thirsk, both failed to finish.
Zara Philips prepares to cheer on Monbeg Dude, owned by her husband Mike Tindall, in the big race at 4.15pm.
Thousands of racing fans will watch and bet on the Grand National today, as an estimated 500 to 600 million people watch the race in over 140 countries, according to Aintree.
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Saturday is the biggest day in the horse racing calendar - Grand National day. And for one stable in West Yorkshire it's a very special first anniversary.
Trainer Sue Smith, from Bingley, celebrated her first ever winner at the Grand National last year, and this time around she is aiming to ensure lightning can strike twice as she enters two horses into this year's showpiece event at Aintree.
Chris Dawkes went to see their preparations:
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