RACECOURSE bosses are hoping for a bumping year after a record attendance flocked to one of the biggest dates in Doncaster sporting diary.
More than 16,000 descended on Doncaster Racecourse for the two-day Lincoln Festival - the first major meeting of the flat season.
The news is a welcome boast to the Town Moor venue which has struggled to attract the same number of visitors it did before its £32 million redevelopment several years ago.
Mark Spincer, managing director of the racecourse said: “We had more than 12,000 through on Saturday, which is the biggest crowd we’ve had since it re-opened.
“If the weather had been better on Saturday, we might have had even more people come through. It’s always a popular meeting and people travelled from across Yorkshire, as well as the North East, the Midlands and Lancashire.
“Crowd numbers were considerably up on last year so it’s certainly a very promising start to the flat season.”
The racecourse is now gearing up for a Cashback Race Day on April 27, when racegoers who pre-order tickets will receive vouchers to the value of the minimum ticket price to spend in bars and restaurants.
Meanwhile six Bawtry retailers, will be sponsoring the April 28 meeting as part of the drive to raise the profile of the town.
The businesses, all members of Bawtry Retail Association (BRA), have teamed up to support the Visit Bawtry evening meeting.