The Betbright Festival
The opening day of the BetBright Festival features The Betbright Casino Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race, which is a qualifier for the Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Final. With £9,000 total prize money, this Class 3 Hurdle is part of the Challenger Series. The initiative arose from Jump Racing Review and provides boost to owners and trainers of mid-tier Jump horses and Northern Jump Racing, and is an expansion of Jockey Club Racecourses’ popular Grassroots Series. Grassroots Jump Series, which was launched in 2011/12, will be expanded significantly and staged across all of the British Jumps courses which are racing between November and March. The Challenger Series will now comprise six separate Series that allow horses rated up to 135 (130 for Mares) to qualify through a total of 85 races for a finals day at The Jockey Club’s Haydock Park Racecourse on Easter Saturday. The Finals Day will carry prize money of around £300,000 in total.
The Betbright Festival
The second day of the BetBright Festival features the popular Grimthorpe Chase. Sure to be hotly contested, it is considered a test for the Grand National. The Last Samuri, who ran to success in the 2016 contest, went on to finish an impressive 2nd in the World’s most famous race, the Grand National.
History of the Grimthorpe Chase Prior to the early 1980s the Grimthorpe Chase was run over 2mile and 150 yards. The distance was then upped dramatically nearly doubling to a stamina testing four miles and 100 yards. The distance was changed again to the current trip in the 1990s, when it was run as the Velka Pardubicka Grimthorpe Chase, a reference to Velká pardubická, a famous race run in the Czech Republic over varied obstacles. The race is now considered to be a trial for the Grand National. The race is named in honour of the Grimthorpe family who have been involved in racing for many years.
Spring into the flat season with the Betway Lincoln. Officially opening the UK flat turf season, the Betway Lincoln showcases World class racing on Town Moor. Featuring the listed Betway Lincoln, a heritage Handicap worth £100,000 in prize money. Also featured is the popular Betway Spring Mile Stakes, a Class 2 contest run down the straight mile and worth £45,000 in prize money.
Doncaster Leisure Trust Family Fun Day
With the Flat Racing season underway at Doncaster, join us at our first Family Fun Day of 2017 on Sunday 2ndApril. There’ll be lots of free fun activities for the kids including Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo, Crazy Golf, Colouring, Tenpin Bowling and Mini Kicks. With a packed seven race card it’s a great Spring day out for the whole family! And don’t forget – kids aged 17 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.
Enjoy an afternoon of Spring flat racing on Town Moor with 7 exciting races on the card.
Spring Evening Racing
Enjoy an evening of Spring flat racing on Town Moor with 7 exciting races on the card.
Enjoy an Evening of quality flat racing on Town Moor. Sponsored by Yorkshire Water Supported WaterAid.
UB40 Live After Racing
Kicking off the 2017 Music Live season is legendary British reggae band UB40 who return to the venue on Saturday 20th May following an evening of racing on the main stage. First formed in Birmingham in 1978, UB40 is one of the world’s bestselling bands and has sold over 70 million records both in the UK and internationally. Most famous for producing the 1983 smash hit ‘Red Red Wine’, crowds will enjoy other classic songs including ‘Falling In Love With You’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘I Got You Babe’, as well as more recently recorded material. UB40 will get a very warm welcome from Doncaster once again, we are delighted that they are returning for our 2017 season. Their songs really have stood the test of time and were the soundtrack of choice for many during the 1980’s and 90’s.
Weston Park Cancer Charity Race Evening
Enjoy an evening of quality flat racing on Town Moor sponsored by Weston Park. Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England. Weston Park Cancer Charity supports the hospital by funding pioneering cancer research and helping to improve cancer treatments and care for patients from Sheffield, all of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire. The PYT’s will be performing on the Champagne Lawn after racing
The Town Moor’s Derby Day fixture on Saturday, June 3 2017 will coincide with, and pay homage to, the Epsom classic which historically attracts some of the very best runners and riders in the sport. It is one of the most prestigious events on the UK racing calendar.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Family Fun Raceday
Enjoy our second Family Fun Raceday of the year on Sunday 18 June which is sponsored by Yorkshire Wildlife Park. With the Flat Racing season well underway at Doncaster, join us at our second Family Fun Day of 2017 on Sunday 18 June. There’ll be lots of free fun activities for the kids including Pony Rides and a Petting Zoo, Crazy Golf, Colouring, Tenpin Bowling and Mini Kicks. With a packed seven race card it’s a great Spring day out for the whole family! And don’t forget – kids aged 17 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.
Summer Afternoon Racing
Enjoy an afternoon of quality flat racing on Town Moor.
Mark Ronson Live After Racing
Internationally renowned DJ Mark Ronson will perform after an evening of racing at the Construction Index Race Day on Saturday 1st July 2017. Ronson, five-time-Grammy-award winning artist and producer, who has worked with huge names in the industry will showcase his inimitable talent to the crowds who are expected to flock to the event. He has always been a major player in the music scene across the world but perhaps is best known for his work with legends such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and his own release the memorable ‘Uptown Funk’ with Bruno Mars. Sun Bets Music Live nights are always a real highlight of our summer season and are the perfect event for race goers and music lovers alike often with one discovering a new found love of the other! Mark Ronson will perform after the last race which will be approximately 9pm. Details and timings will be released closer to the event.
Where to be for the best views
THE PREMIER SUITE
The glass fronted Premier Suite treats guests to unparalleled views of the racing from an exclusive area with a private bar. Situated on the third floor of the Lazarus Stand, the suite ensures exclusivity, first class service and maximum comfort. For these reasons, the number of guests is limited and early booking is advisable. The Dress Code for the Premier Suite is smart attire, and no Jeans, Sportswear or Trainers are to be worn. Gentlemen must wear a Jacket and Tie. It is important to note that this dress code also applies to children.
THE COUNTY ENCLOSURE
The County Enclosure at Doncaster Racecourse provides modern and comfortable facilities across three floors of the Lazarus Stand, and offers a host of bars and restaurants. However, there is much more to a County Enclosure Badge than access to the enclosure itself. Guests will also gain viewing access to the Saddling Boxes, Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure, as well as entry to the Hallam FM Champagne Lawn, home to the The Old Weighing Room Restaurant and Champagne Bar. Smart attire is expected of all guests (including children) attending the County Enclosure. Gentleman must wear a collared shirt, whilst Jeans, Sportswear or Trainers are not permitted.
THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE
Doncaster Racecourses Grandstand enclosure has a fantastic variety of bars and places to eat - all situated on the ground floor of the Lazarus Stand. The seated Food Court provides the perfect menu for food on the go. It should be noted that the enclosure is both spacious and modern, and includes an al-fresco seated terrace overlooking the course, Saddling Boxes, Parade Ring and Winner's Enclosure. Guests will also have direct access to the betting ring and plenty of uncrowded space outside when cheering on their punt. There is no dress code for this enclosure.
THE FAMILY ENCLOSURE
The Family Enclosure is particularly easy going, and is perfect for a family day out at Doncaster Racecourse. Enjoy a picnic together or perhaps head to the Silver Patriarch Bar whilst your children delve into the onsite entertainment. And for those feeling lucky - a Tote betting facility, on course bookmakers and an ATM are also available nearby. There is no dress code for this enclosure.
How to find us
Doncaster Racecourse is easily accessible by road, railway and air. Just a stone's throw from Doncaster Rail Station and Robin Hood Airport, the course can be reached comfortably both for UK visitors as well as those situated overseas. As part of the main London - Edinburgh line Doncaster can be reached in as little as 1 hour 30 mins from London and 3 hours from Edinburgh. The racecourse is only 2 and ½ miles away and a shuttle bus is available on racedays, running at regular intervals at just a £2.50 return price.
If flying in to Robin Hood Airport, you will be able to reach the racecourse easily with a journey distance of less than 7 miles.
If travelling by helicopter, please contact Alex Robinson for landing permission on 01302 304 200 or email email@example.com.
The racecourse is also only a short distance from the motorway network, and the M1, M18, A1M and the M62 are all easily accessible.
Car Parking is free if parking just outside the festival in car park C and can be found just opposite the junction at Wickes on Leger Way. To park inside the premises, passes for car park A can be obtained for £5 per vehicle from the the racecourse reception either in advance or on the day.
What to wear
If you are booking a package for the Grandstand and Family enclosure no particular attire is necessary. However, if heading to any of the County Enclosure or Private hospitality, gentlemen must wear a collared shirt and ladies are to be smartly dressed. No trainers, sports wear or jeans are allowed. If staying in the Premier Enclosure or and Restaurants, a Jacket and tie is required for men, whilst Ladies should wear smart attire. Again trainers, sports wear or jeans are not allowed. It is important to note that these dress codes also apply to children.
Situated in the centre of the UK, Doncaster is home to one of the UK's, top courses, and boasts some of the leading events on the horse racing calendar. Also known as Town Moor, the course hosts 2 of the UKs Group 1 Flat Races; both the St Leger and the Racing Post Trophy are established names - the former first running over Cantley Common in 1766. As the final leg of Britain's Stayers’ Triple Crown, the Group 2 Doncaster Cup as part of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival is sure to provide you with a memorable experience, with stunning scenery on showcase from the main grandstand. The highly anticipated St Leger Stakes also falls in the week of St Leger Festival and is the final leg of the English Triple Crown. The Group 1 race was introduced a decade after the Doncaster Cup and holds the accolade of being the world's oldest classic horse race. As arguably one of the focal points of the racing calendar, the Ladbrokes St. Leger Festival in September is certainly not one to miss. Ladies, be sure to prepare yourself for the famous DFS Day midway through the festival. A team of independent fashion scouts will be present to choose who they believe to be the best dressed of the day.
Another highly anticipated event for the real racing enthusiasts is the Racing Post Trophy. As the UK's last group race of the season, the group 1 Classic takes place every October and offers next season's hopefuls an opportunity to showcase their talent, and one which, judging by previous years, has proved definitive in determining a future champion. However, it would be unwise to look no further into Doncaster history. The racecourse regularly hosts events such as the popular tattoo festival, plays host to many business meetings and offers live music and many activities for children. A £34 million refurbishment has only heightened Doncaster’s ranking amongst the world's top racecourses. Amongst the developments includes the impressive five storey grandstand.