Excitement is building for one of the most prestigious race weeks of the British horse racing calendar. Today marks just 50 days to go to the William Hill St Leger Festival.
Tickets to the premier enclosure on Saturday 14 September have already sold out, and tickets for the Lincoln & Conduit Restaurants on Ladies Day and St Leger Saturday were snapped up before June 2019, much earlier than in previous years.
The St Leger Festival, is Yorkshire’s only classic, and with visitors travelling from across the globe, the 2019 festival has been named a finalist in the prestigious White Rose Awards for Tourism Event of the Year.
Established in 1776, the festival is undoubtedly the oldest classic in the horse racing calendar. However; the 2019 festival also boasts a star-studded line up of after racing entertainment including Melanie C on Ladies Day 12 September and Yorkshire’s own Ricky Wilson on Gentleman’s Day 13 September.
Speaking about the 50-day countdown, Racecourse Executive Director Russell Smith said: “Today is a milestone occasion that takes us a step closer to the beginning of a fantastic festival, that kicks off with Leger Legends Day on September 11th then culminates with the flagship St Leger Day on September 14th, a celebration of all things Yorkshire.”
Russell continued: “I am eagerly looking forward to the four-day festival and would encourage anyone who has not previously attended, to join us for what will be a Yorkshire festival of great racing and music.’
Today also marks the opening of entries for the St Leger Stakes, the 3 stage entry process results in only the best horses going forward to compete in the final leg of the English Triple Crown, worth £700k in prize money, the winner taking home £396k. The St Leger is the last classic to be run each year, and boasts the longest distance of any of the other four.
The St Leger Festival also sees the return of the Doncaster Cup on its penultimate day, a key race in the QIPCO British Champions Series. Along with the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Cup, Doncaster’s oldest race is part of the Stayers’ Triple Crown.
For tickets and further information visit: www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call the racecourse on: 01302 304200