Hosting 36 racedays across the National Hunt and Flat seasons, Doncaster Racecourse is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK. Steeped in history, they are home to the World’s Oldest Classic race the St Leger Stakes since 1776 and are proud to host some of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar.
From the flat season-opening Betway Lincoln to the Group One mile contest previously known as the Racing Post Trophy and the four-day showpiece the St Leger Festival, they are lucky to bear witness to some quality flat racing. Not to forget the Thrilling line-up of National Hunt fixtures such as the SkyBet Chase and the BetBright Festival featuring the Grimthorpe Chase.
Sky Bet Chase (27th and 28th January)
The BetBright Festival (Fri 3rd Mar and Sat 4th March)
Betway Lincoln (Sat 1st April)
Easter Family Fun Day (Sun 2nd April)
Ladbrokes Derby Day (3rd Jun)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Family Fun Day (18th Jun)
Doncaster Residents Racenight (Thurs 20th Jul)
St Leger Festival – 13th – 16 September
Betfred November Handicap (Sat 11th November
Festive Jumpers Racedays Sat 16th December
Doncaster’s most famous race, the St. Leger Stakes was first held in 1776 and the 240th running will take place in 2015. The champions of the British Flat season receive their respective trophies on the final day of the season at Doncaster (Saturday, 7 November).
Doncaster staged Britain’s first-ever Sunday meeting on 26 July 1992, while racing over Jumps on Town Moor began in 1947. The Great Yorkshire Chase (now the Sky Bet Chase) was abandoned in 1952, owing to the recent death of King George VI.
The last horse to win the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ of the 2,000 Guineas, Derby and St. Leger was Nijinsky (ridden by Lester Piggott) in 1970. In 2012, Camelot – having won the first two legs – had to settle for second place in the St. Leger behind Encke.