Racecourse prepares for biggest race in decades

Doncaster Racecourse takes delivery of its champagne for the St. leger. Pictured l-r Natasha Yorke, Bar Supervisor, Maggie Wiseman, Hospitality Waitress, Mark Spincer, Managing Director and Libby Scruton, Hospitality waitress.  Picture: Marie Caley D4124MC
Doncaster Racecourse takes delivery of its champagne for the St. leger. Pictured l-r Natasha Yorke, Bar Supervisor, Maggie Wiseman, Hospitality Waitress, Mark Spincer, Managing Director and Libby Scruton, Hospitality waitress. Picture: Marie Caley D4124MC

doncaster Racecourse bosses are putting the finishing touches together as they prepare to host one of their biggest races in decades.

Thousands of race-goers will descend on Town Moor on St Leger Day for the chance to see racehorse Camelot go for glory in the elusive Triple Crown - last won by Nijinsky in 1970.

Racecourse MD Mark Spincer said that tickets have already been snapped up for the big race on Saturday by thousands of visitors from as far afield as Japan and Canada.

He said: “We are very excited. We have now got all the marquees up and ready and now we just need people to come.

“The biggest crowd we’ve seen on St Leger Day in recent years was 31,000 in 2010 and I see now reason why we won’t equal that this year.

“We are expecting more than 60,000 over the four days. There is a huge buzz over the Triple Crown and we’re expecting phenomenal ticket sales.”

Mr Spincer also revealed that they have invited every Yorkshire Olympic gold medalist to one of the four days of racing but he was tight-lipped on who has accepted so far.

He also told the Free Press that they had more visitors booked in to arrive by helicopter than ever before.

News of high tickets sales is welcome news for the racecourse, which in recent years has struggled to attract the same number of visitors as it did before its £32 million redevelopment several years ago.

This week, tickets are still available for most enclosures over the four days but St Leger lovers are advised to buy their tickets as soon as possible to avoid queues or disappointment.

Mr Spincer added: “These are four different days of racing. Whether it’s Ladies Day or the big day itself, we do try to keep ticket prices affordable so everyone can take part.

“I don’t see any many major sporting events where under-18s can go free and adults can go for between £7 and £12.”

A number of famous faces are expected to be spotted over the course of the festival - with Doncaster tae kwondo champion Sarah Stevenson taking to Twitter to say that she was on the look-out for an outfit.

The racing at the St Leger Festival runs from Wednesday until September 15.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 511912.