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Yorkshire folk are happy to admit they love a night out that doesn’t cost the earth!  Combine that with their love for racing and you have the perfect recipe for one fantastic evening of fun!  With the folk of South Yorkshire in mind – Doncaster Racecourse has announced the date of its Free Residents Evening.

 The Frenchgate Free Residents Evening will take place on Thursday 20th July and residents whose home address has a DN postcode will enjoy free tickets to the family enclosure for the evening.

“We want everyone in the Doncaster area to be able to experience the thrilling action and vibrant social scene at this famous racecourse and this annual event has proved to be hugely popular in previous years,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing Doncaster Racecourse. “It’s great to see people enjoying our hospitality and allows us to give a little something back to the local community of Doncaster.” 

During 2016 2.3m visitors flocked to Doncaster with over 300,000 visiting the racecourse highlighting the significant contribution it makes to the local tourism economy when it is open for only 36 racing days each year. 

“It is possible to upgrade these complementary tickets to other areas of the racecourse for those that may like to be able to access all areas,” said Abby. “Whichever part of the course you choose to watch the racing from you will enjoy a summer evening racing, perfect for racing enthusiasts or those wanting to try it out for the first time.” 

Tickets can be booked quoting the code JULYFREE. Upgrades cost £5.00 for the Grandstand Enclosure, £10.00 for the County Enclosure and £15.00 for the Premier Enclosure. Children under 18 are free when accompanied by an adult.

 Gates open at 4pm with the first race taking place at 5.40pm. The final race commences at 8.50pm.

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Stable Staff take Centre Stage in the Clock Tower Cup

Now in its third year, the Betfair Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster Racecourse on the 7th July, is the pinnacle of Racing Staff Week, celebrating the role of racing staff, which runs from Saturday 1st July to Saturday 8th July.  

The race will see 12 members of stable staff line up in a 7 furlong charity race.  In recognition of their hard work and dedication, the riders will have been nominated to ride in the race by the trainers they work for.  Normally the staff would be leading up a runner at Doncaster but on the 7th July they will don racing silks and experience the thrill of riding in a race. 

Over 200 guests at the Racing Welfare Charity Lunch will cheer on the Clock Tower Cup riders and enjoy a great afternoon’s racing.  The lunch will raise funds for Racing Welfare, the charity that supports racing’s workforce.  It will feature a Champagne reception sponsored by Pommery, guest tipsters providing all the winners, and an excellent three-course meal with wine.  A lively auction will include some amazing lots which will also be available to bid for online from Friday 31st June until Thursday 6th July: 

Racing Staff Week is an initiative developed by Racing Welfare, the charity which supports Racing’s Workforce, and sees the racing industry united to inform and engage horseracing followers and supporters about the passion, skill and dedication required to work with racehorses.   For more information about Racing Staff Week and the activities taking place across Britain during the week please visit


Renowned for bringing some of the music world’s greatest names to the town, Doncaster Racecourse has announced two more acts to its Music Live 2017 line-up.

Following hot on the heels of five-time Grammy award winning DJ Mark Ronson will be the modern British rock band Ocean Colour Scene (OCS). During the height of their fame in the 90’s the band achieved five Top 10 albums and six Top 10 singles.  Masters of music in the Britpop scene OCS supported top acts such as Paul Weller and Oasis and received international acclaim for their second album Moseley Shoals.  The band continue to enjoy sell out crowds and will be paying homage to their Moseley Shoals album plus many more of their renowned singles at Doncaster Racecourse on 5th August.

The second act announced to grace the stage this summer is the hugely popular Scottish rock pop band Texas.  Fronted by Sharleen Spiteri the critically acclaimed band have sold over 40 million records, have had 13 UK Top Ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK Top Ten albums.

Abby Chandler, Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse said: “We are delighted to welcome two huge bands to our Music Live line-up.  Both bands have stood the test of time and continue to sell out wherever they play.  They both have a dedicated following but more recently have attracted new fans to their classic rock pop sounds.

“Both OCS and Texas will play live on stage following a day of racing here at Doncaster which will offer our visitors a fantastic day and night of entertainment.”

OCS will play following the Unison Race day on Saturday 5th August and Texas will be live on stage on Saturday 19th August after the Sun Bets Music Live afternoon racing.
Abby continued: “Summer racing is hugely popular and when the crowds have had such a good time during the day its great to see that they can continue into the evening with our Music Live acts.”

Texas have added Doncaster to their European tour which is promoting their latest album Jump on Board.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at