£30,000 race honours racecourse Chairman after 20 years of service

Market Rasen Racecourse is laying on a spring welcome for all visitors on Sunday, especially those spectators who may never have been to the races before.

Thursday’s fixture at Market Rasen Racecourse will celebrate and thank Colin ‘Bud’ Booth for his 20 years of service as Chairman.

A new race, the £30,000 Listed Bud Booth Mares’ Chase, is one of four additional Mares’ Listed Chases added to Britain’s racing programme.

As Mr Booth, who is the Managing Director of the Colin Booth Group, a holding company for a variety of businesses in Lincolnshire, will retire as Chairman at the end of 2016, the racecourse’s committee felt it was appropriate that the contest should be run in his honour to mark his very many years of service to racing in Lincolnshire.

His relationship with racing goes back to long before his period as Chairman – sponsoring a race in memory of his father, being a racecourse steward and a racehorse owner too. He has had racehorses since 1974.

Few people who were at the racecourse on 26th September 2010 when Dipity Doo Dah, trained by Peter Bowen and ridden by Michael Byrne, was a well backed winner of the ‘bumper’ in Mr Booth’s colours will forget the post-race celebrations.

Nadia Gollings, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:

Bud has been and will continue to be a huge friend to everyone involved at Market Rasen Racecourse. His wisdom, knowledge and advice will be sorely missed by us all, but I am sure he will remain a regular visitor to the racecourse from next year onwards after he steps down as Chairman.

Colin ‘Bud’ Booth, Chairman, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:

I am hugely grateful to the Committee of Market Rasen Racecourse for running this new race in my name. It is a great honour that they have bestowed upon me.

I have served on the Committee of the racecourse as a Director and then Chairman for the last 25 years – and I have sponsored a race in memory of my late father for 42 years.

Market Rasen Racecourse has been a huge part of my life and, through my role, I have met some wonderful people who have become friends.

Ironically, the late Victor Lucas who founded the racecourse and my father were firm friends, but I did not start my role until they had both died so it was an unbelievable coincidence that I became involved later.

The first race on Thursday, 3rd November is at 1.05pm. More information is available at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk where tickets can be bought in advance at a discount. Gates open two hours before the first race.

In addition to the feature Mares’ Chase run over a distance of just under three miles, there is the latest ‘Hands and Heels’ hurdle race for conditional and amateur jockeys.

For further information, please contact:
Nadia Gollings, General Manager, at Market Rasen Racecourse, on 01673 843434 or nadia.gollings@thejockeyclub.co.uk

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