BOOKMAKERS have placed Doncaster among the frontrunners as the big race for city status enters the final furlong.
The borough, famous for its rich horse racing tradition, wants to replicate the St Leger success of hundreds of thoroughbreds by finishing first past the post in the sprint to impress the Queen.
Her Majesty will choose one town to become the UK’s newest city as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.
Bosses jockeying Doncaster’s bid handed over their application to the Government last week.
But many punters have already put their money on Doncaster with two of the country’s leading bookmakers reckoning the town is one of the favourites for the title.
Paddy Power has installed 10-1 shot Doncaster as second favourite behind Berkshire rival Reading, with William Hill offering 16-1 odds for its joint fourth favourite.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: “Reading looks as though it is in the driving seat to be given city status at the moment.
“However, with over a year to go until the decision is made, there is still plenty of time for Doncaster to make their case.”
Around 30 towns from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are thought to have entered bids.
But Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Doncaster North MP, believes the borough is well equipped to receive the Royal seal of approval.
He said: “Doncaster is full of hard working people who make it a great place to live and work.
“Making our town a city will give it the recognition it deserves and will help to attract even more companies to do business in Doncaster.”
Residents can still play their part by following the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.