Doncaster Day proves a hit with punters

Bonfire Knight and jockey Paul Hanagan after their victory in the williamhill.com Handicap Stakes during the William Hill Lincoln Day at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 2, 2011. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
Bonfire Knight and jockey Paul Hanagan after their victory in the williamhill.com Handicap Stakes during the William Hill Lincoln Day at Doncaster Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 2, 2011. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
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The first of our two Residents Racenights – Doncaster Day – proved to be a great success, with many first-time racegoers in attendance and enjoying the glorious weather; plus a large number trying out the reduced additional facilities in the County and Premier Enclosures.

With the ground riding fast, the opening five furlong race for apprentice riders was always going to be a ‘blink and you miss it’ affair; and the winner Irish Boy recorded a time of 58.81 seconds in the hands of Eoin Walsh.

It was another apprentice jockey, Eddie Linehan, who took our second race aboard the Jo Hughes-trained Diamond Lady, the filly making every yard of the running despite top weight.

Eddie is keeping really busy this summer by mixing Flat and Jumps racing to try and get as many rides (and winners!) as possible.

The third race was a fillies’ maiden and it produced a titanic tussle between the favourite Tinga and eventual winner Adhwaa under Paul Hanagan, who really knuckled down well and looks a nice filly. We were taken by the third horse home, Halljoy, who stayed on really nicely late on and looks sure to be breaking her maiden tag very soon.

Our feature race was a three-runner Conditions event over a mile which was won by odds-on favourite Quick Wit; the Godolphin runner making every single yard of the running under Silvestre De Sousa.

This high-class performer was dropping in grade and produced a smart turn-of-foot about a furlong-and-a-half from home to win by a very decent margin. Expect to see him back in Group company now.

Andhesontherun got back to winning ways in the Novice Stakes after some decent efforts in better company, with Andrea Atzeni having to work pretty hard to fend off Zaraee and Left Defender.

Classic Punch scored in the mile-and-two-furlong handicap, bringing back memories of his half brother Persian Punch; one of the most loved Flat horses in the last twenty years, who won the 2003 Doncaster Cup.

The final race went to Prospera and Jim Crowley who just wore down Sureness in the shadow of the post to send many home on a winner.

We’re gearing up to the second of our two Thursday evening July fixtures – South Yorkshire Day – with racing kicking off at 6.35pm.

If you are a South Yorkshire resident with a postcode that begins in either DN or S, and pre book online, you can go in the Family Enclosure free of charge, with big discounts for other enclosures too – why not try out the County Enclosure for just £8?!

We’re extending the ticket booking times until 12 noon on Thursday so people can take advantage of the offers on the day.