Final Flat turf fixture takes centre stage

Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes

We host the final Flat turf fixture of 2013 this Saturday 9 November where the November Handicap takes centre-stage.

One trainer who has a particularly good record in the race is John Gosden, who has trained the winner of the big race five times, including two of the last four, and recent course-and-distance winner Thomas Hobson must have leading claims to give the master of Clarehaven another victory in the ultra-competitive race.

Mick Appleby, who trained the winner last year with Art Scholar, will try and repeat the trick with Sioux Chieftain who probably has a little bit to find, even if he gets in the line-up.

Mick Easterby will saddle his final runners as a trainer on Saturday before handing over the reigns to son David, and he looks to have a big chance in our Listed sprint race with Hoof It.

Hoof It ran a screamer when fourth behind Slade Power in the QIPCO Champions Sprint at Ascot last time, and should surely figure here.

His main rival would be last year’s winner Eton Rifles, who has been very lightly campaigned; so much so that he has only run once this calendar year, when getting mugged close home by Steps at Ascot last month.

Recent course winner and Ayr Gold Cup hero Highland Colori is also amongst the entries (at time of writing) in what looks a very decent race for the grade.

The Listed Gillies Fillies Stakes over one mile two furlongs could feature last year’s third, Reckoning, together with the John Gosden-trained Cushion, who looks very progressive.

Saturday also sees all the trophies handed out to the Champions of the season and Richard Hughes will receive his second consecutive Champion Jockey crown.

However, the Apprentice Jockeys’ title is a much more tight-knit affair, with Jason Hart on 47 wins - now seven clear of Thomas Brown and Oisin Murphy. Five of those victories have been here at Doncaster, from only 14 rides.

Doncaster’s National Hunt season kicks off on November 29, before we head into a duo of Christmas Fixtures. Our New Year’s raceday, Sunday 29 December, is our third meeting back over the jumps during the festive period.

The raceday is always one of the most popular National Hunt racing fixtures we host during the season, attracting guests from all over the country to enjoy some festive fun during the holidays.

Town Moor is the perfect place to get your New Year celebrations off to a bang early!

Why not treat yourself this Christmas? Our Christmas Box hospitality package includes coffee and biscuits on arrival, three-course lunch, racecards, unlimited beers, house wines and soft drinks and your own reserved car parking for £126 per person.