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Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) is delighted to announce a partnership with William Hill which sees the bookmaker open betting facilities on six of its racecourses.

William Hill has also signed a three-year deal to sponsor the Group 1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, worth £700,000 this year, along with a feature race each day of the four-day festival which will be known as ‘The William Hill St Leger Festival’ and run from Wednesday 13 September to Saturday 16 September 2017.

This betting facilities agreement between ARC and William Hill follows on from the long-term media rights deal agreed between William Hill and The Racing Partnership in December 2016.

William Hill’s Divisional Director for the Northern Region, Steven White, said: “The William Hill facilities at Doncaster are already proving popular so we are excited about extending our presence to the on-course betting facilities at five other of ARC’s racecourses including Lingfield Park, Royal Windsor, Southwell, Wolverhampton, Worcester. On course customers will receive the full William Hill service enabling them to bet on other courses as well as other sports while viewing the best of the day’s televised sporting action.”

ARC’s Director of Operations, Mark Spincer said: “We are really pleased to have been able to work with William Hill to ensure all these betting facilities will be open in the coming weeks.  As a leading betting operator, and key sponsor partner of ARC, William Hill’s facilities are well placed to meet all customers’ needs and thrive in the years ahead.”

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It is a little-known fact that Doncaster as a town attracts more day visitors than your typical tourist destinations including Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and its Yorkshire counterpart Harrogate.

Over a three-year period, between 2013 and 2015, 646 million[1] people visited Doncaster for a day, or part of, and over this same period almost 200,000 of them visited the St Leger racing festival that takes place each September in the town.

“The visitor figures are quite startling and we are delighted that Doncaster Racecourse draws in such a huge crowd each September and showcases the very best of what Doncaster has to offer,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing at Doncaster Racecourse. “It is anticipated that both Ladies Day and Leger Day will once again be a sell out event and, as the Wednesday and Friday continue to attract more visitors’ year on year, we are hopeful that the 60,000 visitors we enjoyed last September will increase in 2017.”

The St Leger Classics race first took place in 1776 on Cantley Common and moved to its current home, Town Moor just two years later. Whilst the race has been run each year it has occasionally moved from its Doncaster home due to myriad reasons, including World Wars, subsidence and in 2006, the redevelopment of Doncaster Racecourse.

This year, Wednesday 13th will see Pepsi Max Leger Legends Day take place, whilst the finest fillies in the region flock to the course on Thursday for DFS Ladies Day. Friday is Gentleman’s Day, where male visitors are encouraged to dust down their finest attire in the hope of being crowned ‘Best Dressed Gent’ and the William Hill St Leger Day on Saturday is usually sold out as race goers flock to witness one of the highlights of the racing calendar, the William Hill St Leger Stakes.

Abby concluded; “The William Hill St Leger festival really does help to put Doncaster on the map and makes a significant contribution to visitor figures during the month of September. We look forward to another fantastic week of racing, events and music in the town and to welcoming racegoers from near and far to the fantastic Town Moor.”

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One of the most popular TV heart throbs of this century has been unveiled as the guest celebrity DJ at one of the most popular Ladies Day meeting north of Royal Ascot. 

As ladies enjoyed a spring evening at the racecourse last weekend, the team at Doncaster made the surprise announcement that St Leger Ladies Day at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday 14th September 2017 will welcome the TOWIE star, model and TV presenter Mark Wright.  Mark will perform a ninety minute DJ set straight after the day’s racing and will also be on hand to meet a handful of racegoers during the day who will be selected from an earlier competition. 

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to our racecourse on one of our most spectacular days –  Ladies Day and we look forward to showing him some true Yorkshire hospitality,” said Abby Chandler Head of Marketing Doncaster Racecourse. “After a packed race card Mark will take to the stage and delight the after racing crowds with a DJ set showcasing his inimitable charisma and stage presence.” 

Mark shot to fame on the reality TV series The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) and has since then become a household TV name appearing on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s I’m a Celebrity.  Mark is married to Michelle Keegan known for her role in ITV’s Coronation Street and more recently the BBC hit drama Our Girl. 

Ladies Day is always hugely popular during the St. Leger Festival and is seen as one of South Yorkshire’s biggest social occasions full of glitz and glamour.  It is also well-known for its celebrated Best Dressed Lady competition which sees an array of fine fillies hoping to secure the coveted title along with a plethora of prizes including a holiday. 

“This year’s competition details will be announced ahead of the day so ladies have as much opportunity as possible to choose a winning outfit,” said Abby. “We already have one finalist securing her place in the 10 lady lineup.  Zoe Mulligan won the Best Dressed Lady title at our Visit Bawtry Spring Ladies Night meeting last weekend, so with just nine places left we’re looking forward to seeing some outstanding outfits that are sure to impress our stylish celebrity guest.” 

In the past, prizes have included a trip to New York, the use of a Mini car for a year and numerous indulgent smaller prizes. 

Tickets for the St Leger Festival are now on sale. Further details can be found by visiting