Doncaster Racecourse

Address:
Doncaster Racecourse, Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01302 304207

Both flat and National Hunt racing has taken place on the site at Doncaster since the 16th century and it is one of the oldest racecourses in Britain. Not only that, but in terms of capacity it is also one of the largest tracks in the country, with hundreds of thousands of visitors every single year. In 1992, Doncaster hosted the first ever Sunday race meeting in Britain and despite no opportunity for betting on the day, they were still able to attract a crowd of over 23,000 people. As well as horse racing, the course is also the home of the annual ‘Tattoo Festival’, which takes place every October and attracts a somewhat different crowd to race days we suspect!

Apart from during the St. Leger Festival, there is free parking at all race days and the course is incredibly straightforward to get to by car, with motorway links including the M1, M18 and M62. It is also accessible by train with the station just over two miles from the racecourse. Doncaster is a major stop on the London to Edinburgh line and the journey from London takes less than two hours. On race days there are regular shuttle buses taking customers to the track, priced at £1.50 for a single journey or £2.50 return, although the walk is pleasant enough.

Ticket Prices

On regular race days, entry to the grandstand is priced at just £14.50 and the family enclosure just £7.50, whilst children aged 17 and under are allowed free entry to all race days when accompanied by a full paying adult. During the St. Leger Festival prices are slightly more expensive with grandstand entry costing £19.

The Course

The grade 2 course at Doncaster is a left-handed pear shaped track, measuring 1m7½f in circumference. A left-handed galloping course, Doncaster is mainly flat with a very slight incline and subsequent descent at around the 1m point. Although it has a 4½f run-in, there is a 4f chute available which produces a 1m straight course to allow for shorter sprint races. The National Hunt track at Doncaster is the same length as the flat one, with the steeplechase course having a total of 11 fences. Due to there being seven fences in the final mile of the course, it is difficult to make ground up at the end so winners generally come from those who are in the leading positions at this point. The hurdles course is the same length and has seven flights overall.

Major Meetings at Doncaster

Doncaster hosts two of Great Britain’s 31 Group 1 flat races – The St Leger Stakes and The Racing Post Trophy. Being one of the oldest races in the world, the St Leger Stakes is run every year in September and comes in at around 1m6f in length. Established in 1776, the St Leger Stakes is the oldest of Britain’s five ‘Classics’, and is the final leg of the English Triple Crown.

Another of the world’s oldest races is also run at Doncaster every year – The Doncaster Cup. First run in 1766, it is actually the oldest surviving horse race in the world and is part of the Stayers’ triple crown alongside the Goodwood Cup and Ascot Gold Cup. Measuring at 2m2f, it takes place every September and was moved to its current location in 1776.

The other major race run at Doncaster is the Lincoln Handicap. One mile long, it is run annually a week or two before the Grand National and in terms of betting the two races form the ‘Spring Double’.

Dining and Hospitality

There is a large selection of restaurants at Doncaster, all of which vary in menu, price and experience. The Mallard and Conduit restaurant starts from just £73.50 per person, with the Jumps Brunch priced at the same rate. The Champagne Pavilion restaurant is slightly more expensive, with the menu starting from £119 per person. In terms of private hospitality, customers can choose from a selection of three menus and three different drinks packages to enjoy in their box, with prices starting from £142 per person.

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