Doncaster Racecourse has an abundance of history and is home of the famous St Leger which is the oldest of the classic races. Town Moor, as Doncaster is often referred, is one of only three racecourses in Britain staging classics with Newmarket and Epsom the other two.
The course itself is a largely flat left handed pear shaped circuit just less than two miles in circumference and is thought to be one of the best and fairest in Britain. Although mostly straight, the track does contain one tight bend which is positioned just after the finishing line, but the other turn into the home straight at the far end causes no interruptions to a galloping horse as it is very long and round. The home turn run in is roughly five furlongs long making Doncaster ideal for a strong galloper who feels every yard of the trip.
Both flat and jump racing is staged at Doncaster all year round and the racecourse holds special significance to the flat racing season as it officially both starts and ends the campaign. In March, the running of Lincoln Day begins the new season which is then rounded off in November with the conclusion of November Handicap Day. In total, 24 flat fixtures are staged each year while a further nine jump fixtures makes Doncaster one of the busiest tracks in the country.
The main feature in March is the Lincoln Handicap, which sees a large field of handicap performers battering up the straight mile. But the biggest and best race staged by Doncaster is the Group 1 St Leger, which is the high point of a four-day festival taking place in September. The St Leger dates back to 1776 and is the longest of the five British classics and the last of the quintet staged each year. It also forms part of the triple crown along with the 2000 Guineas and the Epsom Derby. Other significant races of the flat season at Doncaster are the Listed Doncaster Mile in April and the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes, Flying Childers Stakes, Doncaster Cup, May Hill Stakes, Champagne Stakes and Park Stakes, Group 3 Sceptre Stakes and Listed Scarborough Stakes in September, the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and Listed Doncaster Stakes in October and the Listed Gillies Fillies’ Stakes and Wentworth Stakes in November. The highlight of the jump season is Sky Bet Chase day which includes the listed race of the same name along with the Grade 2 Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle and the Grade 2 Lightning Novices’ Chase.
Race day highlights each year include:
Sky Bet Chase Day in January
Grimthorpe Chase Day March
Lincoln Day in March
St Leger Meeting in September
Racing Post Trophy Day in October
November Handicap Day in November
Christmas Fixture in December
HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS
Doncaster Racecourse tickets are sold for three different enclosures – the County Enclosure, Grandstand Enclosure and Family Enclosure – with prices in all three varying. Doncaster is a vast course so there is plenty to explore in each enclosure with the badges gaining you access to different areas of the Lazarus Stand, the main grandstand. Special tickets are required to gain access to the Mallard Restaurant and Premier Suite from the County Enclosure, but you will have access to the Paddock Pavilion, Champagne Lawn, Silks Champagne Bar and Restaurant and Conduit Restaurant. In the Grandstand Enclosure, there are numerous eateries in the food court and tickets provide you with the opportunity to frequent The Earl Champagne Bar. Both kinds of badges provide access to the parade ring and winners enclosure, which are not accessible from the Family Enclosure. That is, however, an ideal place for a picnic and enjoying children’s entertainment.