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Weston Park Cancer Charity and Hospital is once again painting the town purple as it hosts a special race day at the town’s iconic Racecourse on Friday 2nd June.

As part of the charity’s ongoing fundraising efforts, racegoers will be able to unite at Doncaster Racecourse and enjoy an evening of top class racing and entertainment as the town moor turf adopts the velvety undertones of the colour purple – the colours of the charity.

“Last year many racegoers wore purple in support of Weston Park and we hope that this year’s crowd will do the same again,” said Abby Chandler Group Marketing Manager Arena Leisure Corporation. “It promises to be a lovely early summer’s evening with a fantastic mix of quality racing and entertainment coupled with a fantastic atmosphere.  And, visitors can be assured that by enjoying an evening out they are also supporting a hugely important charity that not only cares for people with cancer but is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England.”

In addition to a packed race card, visitors can enjoy music from the PYT’s after racing. A 6-piece contemporary band that performs an exhilarating combination of rock, pop, funk and soul to get everyone in the party mood.

Darren Hayes Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity commented; “Last year’s inaugural race day was a fantastic evening for everyone concerned and we hope that this year’s will be equally well supported. We ask the people of the region to come out and join us to help raise awareness and much needed funds to support the local cancer network. The evening promises to be another showcase for the charity and a chance for people to make the effort to support us and have a great night.”

In support of the evening Doncaster Racecourse has donated 2,000 Grandstand tickets to Weston Park Cancer Charity.  The tickets worth £16 each will be available to the charity’s patients for the event on Friday 2nd June.

Gates open at 4.30pm with the first race taking place at 6.20pm. The final race of the evening commences at 8.50pm.

For further information and to buy tickets visit  Patients can call Weston Park Cancer Charity on 0114 226 5370 for tickets.


Doncaster Racecourse, one of the largest attractions for day visitors in the town, has received a top industry accolade from the Racecourse Association (RCA), one of only 11 courses in the UK to receive such recognition.

It received the award for its overall visitor experience, with a particular commendation for its visitor information and signage, which adds to the enjoyment of the day for its visitors.

“We are delighted to receive this award and the associated industry recognition that comes with it,” said Tim Banfield Executive Director Doncaster Racecourse. “It is the continued efforts of the entire team to deliver a fantastic experience for everyone, whether an owner, jockey, trainer or visitor, that has led to this award and I thank them all for their team spirit and commitment.”

The Quality Assured Racecourse Scheme (QARS) is carried out in conjunction with VisitEngland and VisitScotland and allows racecourses to be benchmarked against other attractions, ensuring that standards across the sporting and leisure venues remain consistent.

Of the 60 courses in Great Britain all were rated as ‘good’ or higher however, eleven received the highest award of Excellence when judged and rated on criteria which includes; the quality of the day out, customer service levels, cleanliness and the efficiency of the racecourse operation.

“Racing at Doncaster continues to grow in popularity with a growing number of loyal visitors choosing us as their number one racing venue,” said Tim. “We aim to make racing and our venue enjoyable for everyone whether it is their first, or one of several visits, and achieve this through consistency and a clear direction of standards and strategy.” 

For further information about fixtures for 2017 at Doncaster can be found by visiting


The start of the flat season in horse racing takes place each year at Doncaster Racecourse with the famous Betway Lincoln. This year it will be a particularly memorable occasion as a silversmith from Sheffield has designed and manufactured a stunning new perpetual trophy for the Lincoln Heritage Handicap.

Designed and commissioned by Silversmith Chris Perry the perpetual trophy and winner’s replica have brought together iconic images from Doncaster Racecourse along with the iconic Cathedral and Fleur de Lys from the flag of Lincoln, creating a truly memorable trophy.

“It is a tremendous honour to be asked to be part of this historic race and we are delighted with how our ideas and designs have come to life,” said Christopher Perry. “We hope our trophies give the participants an even greater sense of achievement by winning a trophy that has been designed and made by local crafts people and which encapsulates the spirit of the occasion.”

The trophy which forms part of  a series of commissions to create race day memorabilia for Doncaster Racecourse was designed by Chris Knight and Karen Perry and manufactured by Chris Perry.  It is formed from copper, silver plated and then oxidised to emphasise the visually intricate graphic design.  Elements from this design will also be featured in other trophies for the Lincoln Race Meeting to create a uniform collection.

“This perpetual trophy represents a new vigour for the Lincoln Handicap and meeting at Doncaster in 2017 as we work with our partners to elevate the status of the occasion in the racing calendar,” said Roderick Duncan Clerk of the Course Doncaster Racecourse. “I believe this is one of the strongest renewals for quite some years, 26 of the 108 horses currently standing their ground are over nine stone which clearly demonstrates the strength of this race.  And, because it is a hugely important heritage handicap in the flat season racing calendar the Lincoln certainly warrants a remarkable trophy that reflects its high standing and the quality of horses it attracts.  Chris and his team have epitomised the spirit of this legendary horse racing occasion and it will be a pleasure to present this trophy to our 2017 winner.”

The race meeting features the listed Betway Lincoln, a heritage Handicap worth £100,000 in prize money and run over 1 mile, and also the first two-year-old flat race of the turf season The Betway Brocklesby Conditions Stakes.  Currently, this year sees a particularly strong presence from the Yorkshire fraternity with two Yorkshire trained horses appearing in the top seven weights including Top Notch Tonto by Brian Ellison and Gabrial by Richard Fahey.

Gates for the 2017 Betway Lincoln open at 11.30am and the first race is scheduled for 1.50pm. The final race is at 5.20pm. All children under 18 receive free entry to the course when accompanied with a paying adult.

A number of special packages, including hospitality, are available if booked in advance.

For further information and to buy tickets visit