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 (25th and 26th January)
The Grimthorpe Chase Festival (Fri 1st and Sat 2nd March)
The Lincoln (Sat 30th March)
Derby Day Sat 1 June)
Family Fun Day (16th June)
Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival (Thurs 25th July )
William Hill St Leger Festival – 11th – 14th September
November Handicap (Sat 9th November
Festive Jumpers Race meeting Fri 13th and Sat 14th December)
Doncaster’s most famous race, the St. Leger Stakes was first held in 1776 and the 240th running took 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.