Doncaster Racecourse is a horse racecourse located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Doncaster Racecourse traditionally begins the UK 's Flat season 'on turf' in March and brings it to a close in November.
Doncaster Racecourse Description:
The Doncaster Racecourse Flat Course is a left-handed, pear-shaped, galloping course that's almost 2 miles round with a 4½ furlong run-in. The course is mainly flat, providing fair test. Horses that draw high numbers are usually best on the straight course.
The National Hunt course at Doncaster Racecourse is left-handed, galloping and generally flat. It is a 2 mile circuit.
Doncaster Racecourse Race Events:
Doncaster Racecourse hosts two of the world's oldest horse races: The Doncaster Cup and the St. Leger Stakes.
The Doncaster Cup is the oldest continuing regulated horse race in the world. Together with the 2 mile (3,219 m) Goodwood Cup and 2½ mile (4,023 m) Ascot Gold Cup, the Doncaster Cup is part of Britain 's Stayers' Triple Crown for horses capable of running longer distances.
Meanwhile, the St. Leger Stakes is considered the world's oldest classic horse race. It was founded by Colonel Anthony St. Leger in 1776. It is now marked in horse racing calendar as the fifth and final Classic of the British Flat racing season.
Every September, Doncaster Racecourse hosts the prestigious four-day Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival, which is acclaimed as the premier sporting occasion of the Autumn calendar. Doncaster has also taken over events whose traditional homes have closed, such as the Lincoln Cup in 1965.
Among the major races held at Doncaster Racecourse are:
- Champagne Stakes
- Doncaster Cup
- Flying Childers Stakes
- Lincoln Handicap
- May Hill Stakes
- November Handicap
- Park Hill Stakes
- Park Stakes
- Portland Handicap
- Racing Post Trophy - Group 1
- St. Leger Stakes
- River Don Novices' Hurdle - National Hunt
Doncaster Racecourse Facilities:
- The Club Enclosure gives access to all public areas, as well as exclusive access to the Yorkshire Stand and the Champagne Lawn.
Doncaster Racecourse History:
- Racing has been recorded in Doncaster as early as the 16 th Century.
- In 1614, Doncaster corporation marked out a racecourse.
- In 1766, the Doncaster Gold Cup was first run over Cantley Common.
- During the first world war the racecourse was used for military purposes and substitute races were run at Newmarket from 1915 to 1918.
- In 1992, the first ever Sunday meeting on a British racecourse was staged at Doncaster Racecourse. A crowd of 23,000 turned up despite there being no betting.
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