Inside Track: One million fans flock to Yorkshire racecourses

Levitate and Oisin Murphy win the Betfred Fun and Family Handicap as a rainbow appears behind the racecourse during Betfred November Handicap Day at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 9, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

Levitate and Oisin Murphy win the Betfred Fun and Family Handicap as a rainbow appears behind the racecourse during Betfred November Handicap Day at Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 9, 2013. See PA story RACING Doncaster. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire

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The popularity of the sport of horseracing in Yorkshire was emphasised by the fact that the nine racecourses serving the county attracted just over one million racegoers last year.

The warm summer months and a relatively mild conclusion to the year meant that very few meetings were lost to the weather.

And once again the ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Summer Festival in July proved to be a big draw for racing fans, with over 100,000 attending the week-long event.

This was complimented by the first-ever Winter Festival in December.

A delighted chairman of ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’, John Sexton said “Topping one million racegoers on our racecourses during 2013 was a fantastic achievement and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

“It was a sensational year for racing in Yorkshire, with a memorable ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Summer Festival which attracted great crowds, a very competitive first ‘Future Stars’ Apprentice Series (won by Gary Mahon), nine wonderful ‘Ladies Days’ capped off by the Final at Doncaster in October.

“And last but not least, we had an extremely successful first-ever ‘Go Racing in Yorkshire’ Winter Festival which helped tip the aggregate attendance over the one million mark.

“Racing in Yorkshire is going from strength to strength and bouyed by these figures, we can look forward to 2014 and beyond with real confidence”.

Meanwhile, tickets are now available for the SkyBet Chase meeting, which kicks off on Friday, January 24.

The following day, January 25, sees the £75,000 three-mile Listed SkyBet Chase takes centre stage alongside some fantastic Grade Two contests – the Racing Post Lightning Novices’ Chase, Grade Two Mares’ Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.

Doncaster Racecourse has also launched its 2014 annual membership, which offers a significant saving on admission and a wide range of new benefits to maximise your enjoyment across the year.

Doncaster Racecourse is one of the most high-profile horse racing venues in the country and home to some of the most prestigious events in the calendar.

From the four-day showpiece Ladbrokes St Leger Festival to the Group One Racing Post Trophy and the Flat season opener, the William Hill Lincoln, we are lucky to bear witness to some quality Flat racing at Doncaster; plus a thrilling line up of Jump fixtures.

There are 36 jump and flat race meetings in 2014 with a variety of weekend, evening and weekday fixtures; not to mention a sensational line up of summer live music concerts.